We’re coming to that time of the year now where the garden is looking like lovely prospect again. It’s time to get it tidied up and more presentable for the warmer and brighter days ahead. Gardens are often under utilised and if they’re not designed properly for their purpose, then it really can be a waste of what is an extension of your indoor living space.
Perhaps you’re looking for some ideas on how to make your garden more useable for the family? Here are some ideas to make the most of your outdoor space…
Consider the aspect of your garden
Now this is one that most people will want to know when they view a house to purchase, but don’t always put into consideration when it comes to planning the space. If you’ve lived in your property for a while, then you’ll know how the light affects your garden with the changing seasons. The sun will be in different areas throughout the year and during the summer months will be when it will gather the most sunlight. If you’re finding that you’re chasing the sun all day, make sure that you plan accordingly to where the sun moves around. Find that hotspot for the sun, or the shade and work with it.
Designate a seating area
Choose a section in your garden that’s best suited to placing lounging chairs and seats and make a feature of that area. A gazebo makes a great focal point to go over seating and can be decorated accordingly. They’re great for adding some lights and greenery, as well as some shade if that’s needed. It needn’t stop there either, think lanterns, ornaments and outdoor rugs to really make the space feel like a room that’s outside.
If your garden isn’t that spacious or you want to keep areas separate then dividers can help to break up the sections and made each area have it’s purpose.
Create another room
If you’re short of rooms in your house, then the addition of another ‘room’ is a really good option to consider. Many people have been working from home in the past year and finding space to work might not have been easy to do. Lots of people have made space for desks in their bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms, but often it’s not an conducive space in which to actually work in. A garden office is an affordable way to extend your living space and give you a room that is separate and multi functional. It can be used as place to do exercise and as a retreat from a busy household.
Think about maintenance
If you’re not particularly green fingered or you just don’t have the time (or inclination) to manage a garden, then it’s a good time to reassess how well you can upkeep your garden on the whole. Lots of plants will require attending to and a lawn will need some care to look at it’s best. You could consider installing an artificial lawn and have planters dotted about instead of traditional plant beds. People who love spending time on their garden would not consider these options, but it’s worth bearing in mind if you’re struggling to keep the weeds at bay and the bushes from taking over your entire garden!
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