Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Garden Improvements Worth Making

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When it comes to gardening advice, the list of improvements can be endless. It’s often difficult to work out what will make a difference. Follow our no-nonsense guide to update your garden and create an outdoor space you’ll love.

What is the Purpose of Your Garden?
Before we make a start, it’s important to ask yourself, what is the purpose of your garden? Is it somewhere to sit and relax in the evenings and weekends? Is it a place to entertain friends and family? Are you looking to create an outdoor room? Do you want to grow fruit and vegetables? The answer to this question will inform the changes you make.

Time
Another question to ask yourself is how much time you intend to spend on gardening. Are you looking for a garden that needs minimum attention and will look after itself? Or, are you happy to spend your spare time maintaining and updating your outdoor space?

Other Considerations
There are other considerations to take into account, such as how much space you have. The nature of that space is also important. If you have a tiny concrete backyard then a large, imposing statue may not work.

Your budget can also be a deciding factor when working out home improvement priorities. There may be other areas of your home you also wish to work on.


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Changes Worth Making
The following changes are likely to have a positive impact on your garden, whatever the size:

1. Establish good pathways and walkways. Clear flagstones or put down new walkways to ensure an easy path through your garden. Keep these areas clean and tidy. These will help to preserve your lawn.

2. Clear away any rubbish or clutter. Get rid of anything that doesn’t have a purpose within your garden.

3. Consider all the senses and not just sight. Sensory gardens include scent, sound, taste, and touch.

4. Trim back overgrown bushes and shrubs. This will keep the garden looking neat and tidy and will also create more space.

5. Keep on top of the lawn. Mow regularly during the summer months and apply good quality lawn food.

6. When you cut the grass, trim back messy edges with shears or trimmers. This will ensure borders remain neat and tidy.

7. When planning your garden think about the whole year. Many plants flower during the spring and summer. What about autumn and winter? Introduce plants and flowers that will bloom at different times of the year. This will give you something beautiful to look out throughout the seasons.

8. Establish a place to sit and relax. If you enjoy being outside, then create a place where you can sit, eat or just relax. Look for comfortable garden furniture. If you have children, dedicate areas for play.

9. Keep on top of things. Even if your garden is fairly self-sufficient, keep on top of maintenance. Make sure the grass is cut and that weeds are kept at bay.

10. Add some lighting. If you like to enjoy your garden in the evening, then introduce some lighting. Solar powered lights are effective as they illuminate automatically when it goes dark. Make sure all access points are adequately illuminated for safety reasons.



In summary, work out what you want to achieve with your garden. What is its purpose? From here you can shortcut the advice and make changes that will have an impact on you and your family.


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