Summer is well underway, but it’s never too late to work on your garden. During the warmer months, gardens get a lot more use than usual but with a little work you can make it a space you can enjoy all year round.
Everybody uses their gardens for different functions. Whether you plan on socialising, gardening, or just creating your own private oasis, here’s a few ideas for inspiration.
If you want to relax in your garden or invite people round, you will need a good seating area.
Depending on your needs and the size of your garden, you could have a dining table and chairs or a sofa and benches. If you have a smaller space to work with, sun loungers and foldable chairs are great space-savers that can be stored away when you’re not using them.
Whatever you choose, make sure you have a durable surface underneath so that it’s strong enough to hold your garden furniture and is easy to clean.
Lawns have been around for hundreds of years. The first known mention is dated as far back as 1540 when lawns were commonly used for livestock grazing and agriculture. In the early 17th century the "English" closely-cut lawn as we know it was born. By the end of this period, the English lawn was a symbol of status of the aristocracy and gentry; it showed that the owner could afford to keep land that was not being used for a building, or for food production.
The good thing about lawns is that with proper treatment, they can be kept green all year round. They require less mowing during the winter months as due to less sunlight, moisture and temperature the grass can be damaged more easily.
The use of artificial grass has risen massively over the years and is an alternative way of bringing a splash of green to your garden if you don’t want the hassle of maintaining real grass.
If you’re weighing up between artificial and turf, it’s important to remember what you will be using it for. Think about:
Artificial and real turf both have differing pros and cons, so once you are clear on what you need it will be easier to make your choice.
Wildflowers can be a quick and simple way of brightening your garden and helping the local wildlife thrive. Not only do they bring a splash of colour to your outdoor space but they support the ecosystem and provide a habitat for insects and other small creatures.
Even if you have a small garden, a patch of soil or a window box in the sun can easily be transformed. Wildflowers take very little maintenance after you have sowed the seeds, but preparation and planting the right seeds at the right time is essential.
The best time to start your patch is either in spring (March/April) or in early autumn (September) and it’s important you do your research into the best native seeds for your area.
Your garden can make a real difference to local wildlife. Large or small, the way you choose to care for your garden matters.
There’s plenty of ways you can make your garden a haven for both you and wildlife to enjoy.
In our homes we include a number of features to support the environment and encourage wildlife. This includes:
The number of species of birds in danger keeps growing and that is largely due to a lack of space for them to build a home and nest. Adding a bird box into your outdoor space is a quick and effective solution!
Like birds, bats struggle to find homes and roosting sites, especially around housing and suburban areas. Bat boxes are artificial roosts designed to encourage bats into areas they previously haven’t been able to find a home.
Creating gaps in your fencing or garden borders allows hedgehogs to roam freely, continue to thrive and support the local wildlife and biodiversity as they do.
To help support local biodiversity, add an insect house/hotel into your garden. Even creating your own out of wood, cardboard, bricks or natural materials will soon bring visitors!
Give it a try! They don’t take much and the impact it can have on the local environment is huge.
When it comes to British weather, having a sheltered space in your garden means you can enjoy your outdoor space, rain or shine.
Based on your preferences and space available there’s plenty of options: parasols, gazebos, marquees, pergola or even an outdoor office or summer house.
To make the space extra cozy, a firepit or electric heater can be added so that even the dropping temperatures won’t deter you from being out in your garden!