Now that summer is ending, and autumn is most certainly on the way, when you look back at the past few months, did you really make the most use out of your back garden, or was it just there, a handy place to hang washing out to dry but otherwise barely used at all?
If this is the case, you’re not alone; many people don’t make the most of their back gardens, and that’s a big shame since being outside in nature for at least a few minutes each day is good for our mental and physical health, not to mention the fact that if the children are playing outside, they are spending less time on their screens (and the same goes for you).
Therefore, why not redesign your back garden so that, by the time spring comes around once more, you’ll be able to use it to its full potential? Read on for some inspiration on what you can do.
Have Less Lawn
Depending on how much you like gardening, your lawn can either be a blessing or a curse. It’s good to have grass for comfort, for the look, and for wildlife, but it does tend to need a lot of upkeep. You’ll need to mow it at least every two weeks in the summer, and you’ll need to ensure that any brambles and thistles are removed before children can go out to play.
One idea you can implement when it comes to redesigning your garden is to have less lawn overall. You don’t have to worry that this is a big job to do; you can either employ professionals, or you can buy the right equipment from arbourlandscapesolutions.co.uk and do it yourself. It simply means digging up any areas of grass you don’t want and disposing of it. Then, you can replace it with artificial grass, paving slabs, woodchip, or anything else that appeals. Now you have less lawn to have to maintain, making it much more pleasant in your garden.
Make An Al Fresco Eating Space
Redesigning your back garden is all about ensuring that you can use it more, and what better way to do that than to install or create some kind of outdoor eating area. If you have a space to enjoy your meals al fresco, you’ll be out in the garden a lot more – possibly three times a day. Plus, you can invite friends and family over much more often to enjoy either a barbecue or food prepared indoors and eaten around a nice big patio table. And don’t forget somewhere to chill out and wile away the hours with a coffee or your favourite wine, what about a hammock with stand for the ultimate in chill out luxury.
The problem with eating outside if you don’t have a dedicated, planned-out space to do it is that you’ll have to rely on good weather. However, if you have created an alfresco eating area, complete with some kind of awning to keep you protected from sun and rain, then it won’t matter what the weather is doing; you can still enjoy your garden.
Build a Garden Room
If you want to create the ultimate wow factor in your garden whilst giving yourself an additional space to use, consider building a garden room.
There’s kits you can buy online that are put together much like sheds but they’re generally not usable year round due to a lack of insulation. Alternatively, you can hire a company to build something that can be used year round for lounging, entertaining, exercising, working and more.
Not only will a garden room look amazing it will give you a space to use and possible add value to your home. The cost will vary depending on what you go for but a well built room will last the test of time. Image provided by Scottish Garden Rooms company GardenRooms.scot
Make It Wildlife Friendly
If you don’t much like gardening, but you still want an enjoyable, interesting garden, you can take steps to make your outdoor space more wildlife-friendly. This will involve creating a wildflower area, which doesn’t need to be weeded very much and generally takes care of itself. However, even if this is only part of your back garden, you’ll still be cutting the work you need to do outside down by a good amount.
As well as this, try adding a bee hotel, bird feeders, and even a pond. All of these will attract wildlife to your garden and make it a wonderful place to be for everyone.
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