There are lots of reasons why you might like to improve your garden this year and ensure you make the best use of the space you have available. If you are planning on selling your house during the next couple of years, making these enhancements is a sure way to add value to your property. For those of you who are intending on staying in your home for many years to come, improving the garden will ensure you can spend plenty of valuable time outside enjoying what you have created. Of course, the actions you take will depend on the size of your garden and how much you can afford to spend, however, there should be something for everyone in this post, so you are sure to find some inspiration for creating an attractive garden space that you can fall completely in love with.
Creating a functional and attractive garden space…
Plant colourful flowers
The single best way to bring your garden to life involves planting lots of colourful flowers. Don’t worry if you have no idea where to start because you can find a wealth of information and advice online. You just need to consider where you are in the world and the local climate. You can then choose species that will survive well in your area and flourish. Head down to your local garden centre and speak to the staff members about the best flowers they have in stock. People working in that role should have extensive knowledge that will help them to provide you with valuable advice and recommendations. Once you have a few ideas you can start to get creative and allow your ideas to flow into that garden space.
Erect a greenhouse
Lots of people choose to erect a greenhouse in their gardens because it provides them the opportunity to grow fruit and vegetables that would perhaps otherwise not survive outside in the ground. You will end up saving a lot of money in the long run because you won’t have to purchase your tomatoes from the store for the rest of the year. If you want to find out more information about the best things to grow in your greenhouse you could head to your local garden centre for advice, purchase relevant books or search online. There are hundreds of websites for people who love growing in their gardens so you’ll be sure to uncover many tips and tricks that you can refer to. Ensure you recruit a friend or family member to help out with this task though, you don’t want to be breaking any glass in your new garden space!
Plant a vegetable garden
Alongside the greenhouse idea, you might think about planting a vegetable garden if you have enough space. Growing food outdoors is fun, and it will also help to teach your kids about the circle of life. While there are plenty of different things you could grow, most people decide to focus on vegetables like cabbage, potatoes, and carrots as they are staples in our diets and tend to grow very well in the right conditions. Of course, you will benefit from reading as much as possible about the process before you begin. You might also like to watch some YouTube videos created by other growers around the world. Give it a few months, and your family will have the freshest food possible on their dinner plates.
Build a pond for wildlife
Adding a pond to your garden is a fantastic way of creating an attractive garden space for everybody to enjoy. Not only will you be able to keep fish you will also be attracting new wildlife to your home. For more information on the cost of building a pond and getting all the necessary equipment; either click here or visit a specialist retailer in your hometown. Ponds are lots of fun, and they don’t tend to require too much maintenance if you select the right system and plants for oxygenation.
Add some bird feeders
If you want as much wildlife in your garden as possible, you might think about adding some bird feeders. Some people will decide to create their bird feeders from scratch and that is a great way of reusing items and teaching your children new skills. All you need is somewhere to store seeds and a platform so the birds can land and feast. You can then sit back in your garden and watch the birds as they come to enjoy some food. Keep a list of all the different species you see in the garden and turn the process into a game for your little ones. Not only will it help to educate them about different birds it will also encourage them to spend more time outside.
Get a brick barbecue
One of the best things about having a functional and attractive garden is that you can host lots of parties during the summer months. The people who arrive for those social gatherings are going to expect some food and it doesn’t make sense to make a mess of your home. So, why not consider building a brick barbecue so you can always cook outside at the drop of a hat?! All you have to do is clean the grills when you want to invite some friends round for the afternoon and you can prepare burgers, sausages, or anything else in a matter of minutes. The best thing about building a brick barbecue is that it shouldn’t cost you much if anything at all. Search on eBay for people who are giving away some excess bricks from a project they completed. Most folks are willing to give them away for free if you’re willing to collect.
Create a comfortable seating area
You need an area in your garden where you can relax with a drink and a book and watch the world go by. So, it’s time to think about creating a comfortable seating area large enough for your family and any friends who might come around to visit. The best way of achieving that goal involves an investment in decking. Learn more about that here or search online. You can create a decked area on top of the grass, so people do not have to walk on the soil. You can then purchase wooden benches, reclinable chairs, and anything else you deem suitable. A perfect place to unwind.
Leave a section to overgrow
Some people find that leaving a small section of their garden to overgrow is a lovely touch. The idea is that you will encourage lots of exciting insects and wildlife to put down roots in your garden. Some people like to call the space a “conservation area,” and it’s brilliant if you have children in the home. They will get to see some unusual creatures and you decrease the amount of work you have to undertake every couple of months when mowing your lawn. Of course, at some point, you will have to perform some maintenance, but most of the time you can leave the area to grow wild.
Plant evergreen trees
Lastly, if you want to make sure your garden looks fantastic all year round or if you also want to ensure you never have any privacy issues, planting evergreen trees is the perfect solution. You can create partitions between your garden and the one next door using conifers instead of fences. Those trees tend to grow much higher than a standard six-foot fence so you will never have to deal with prying eyes from other houses in the area. Again, you’ll find lots of information online about the best evergreen trees for your location and climate. So, conduct some research, get in touch with local tree specialists and start the ball rolling as soon as possible. With a bit of luck, you could have fully-grown conifers in only a couple of years and you will never have to rake leaves from the lawn. They will also be a beautiful contrast between your plants and flowers and will help to tie this attractive garden space together.
You should now have some brilliant ideas that will help you to develop the perfect improvement strategy for your outdoor space. Remember to involve your kids in the process and ask for their input, after all it is a family space too. You might decide that building a Wendy house or something similar will make them very happy because they can play outside in the garden with their friends. I hope you enjoy creating your attractive garden space and that some of these tips creep into it.
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