The Practical Gardener: Building A Backyard Suited To Modern Living

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Our love of the garden has never changed, but pretty much every other aspect of our lives have seen dramatic evolutions. So, if you want to make the most of your backyard space, it’s imperative that it is designed with modern living in mind.

So, what are the best ways to bring practicality to your garden this summer? Let’s take a closer look.


Reduce The Need For Maintenance

Getting the backyard to look beautiful one thing, but keeping it that way is another altogether. Therefore, finding ways to reduce the ongoing maintenance is a precaution that can make a world of difference. Artificial lawns guarantee beauty on a 24/7 basis while eradicating the need for lawn mowing. While it does require an initial outlay, the fact you’ll save money on the maintenance costs should not be overlooked. Above all else, all of your time in the garden will be for enjoyment.

grass in a garden


Build An Entertainment Centre

Decks and patio areas provide a fantastic location for spending time with friends and family. Complete this idea by focusing on security and extending the fun. To do the latter, garden heaters and lighting should suffice. With music speakers, a BBQ, and a few garden games at your disposal, the fun will never end. This can truly transform the outdoor environment or the better, bringing a whole new dimension to the home. Just make sure the furniture is comfortable and you won’t go wrong.


Choose Suitable Plants

It would be a shame to boast a backyard without doing any actual gardening. However, you should still aim to make this practical. Finding the easiest flowers, fruits, and vegetables to grow will instantly help. Meanwhile, choosing raised flower beds or hanging baskets can be ideal for those with mobility issues – or young kids. While it’s great to grow that one type of flower you absolutely adore, it’s better to have a positive result than a failed project. Do not forget it.

flowers in hanging basket


Get An Outdoor Construction

Sectioning the backyard in a way that allows you to complete many tasks is always advised. A small structure will always boost your opportunities, and field shelters are an ideal option. Whether you have limited space or lots of it, this versatile item will bring lots of joy. If nothing else, it should aid your sense of organisation and control. Summerhouses are an alternative option but can cost more and offer fewer options. Ultimately, though, it’s about finding the right solution for your needs.


Install Sliding Doors

This option won’t be open to everyone. Still, if the lounge or kitchen links to the backyard via a large wall, turning it into sliding glass doors can change everything. It brings the inside out and the outside in. This encourages increased garden time while the added lighting should make the home far brighter too. The fact that it also adds style and added value should be seen as a major benefit too. After all, the financial elements are crucial for any modern upgrade.


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