For some, a garden is a warm and welcoming extension to their home, but, for others, a garden is simply the space outside their house. If you fall into the latter category, it’s not too late to make a change. I know that nature seems wild, unpredictable and impossible to tame, but giving your garden a makeover isn’t quite the insurmountable task you’ve made it out to be in your head (unless you own acres upon acres of land). If you want to feel a little warmer towards your garden and actually spend time relaxing in it then here are some tips and tricks to help you fix your outdoor space.
First of all, you need to do a little cleaning. You wouldn’t leave any other room in your house looking messy or unwelcoming, and you need to start approaching your garden in the same manner if you ever want to feel comfortable sitting back and basking in its glory. Removing weeds and any dead flowers or plants is a good place to start and so is any lawn-mowing that you might have been putting off for months. You want to be working with a fresh, clean and open canvas, rather than an overgrown jungle.
Of course, tidying up includes fixing all the worn and sorry-looking man-made elements of your garden too. The faded and perhaps broken fence surrounding what will soon be your little garden paradise could be transformed with a little maintenance and a fresh coat of paint. The same could be said for the shed too; if you have one, that is. You’ll feel happier about the state of your garden and far more open to the idea of planning some nature-based renovation once you’ve cleaned up the place.
You want to turn your garden into an outdoor room. That’s the end goal, and it all starts by bringing some of that cozy, indoor, man-made magic to your outdoor area. You have dreams of the family enjoying summer barbeques and perhaps even watching TV outside if you’re feeling a little adventurous (but bored of nature). It could all start with a few cushioned chairs, a nice dining table and a gazebo to protect this “chill out” area from the elements. You could check out some decking timber information if you want to spruce up the patio area in which you and the family are planning to relax. Of course, there’s no saying that you can’t add a few aesthetic flourishes, much like you would with any other room in the house. A fountain or a miniature lake could work wonderfully as a centerpiece of the garden, and you could even include stone paving slabs leading up to this central focal point.
A little gardening.
As your garden is still a part of nature, in a sense, you might want to get stuck in with some actual gardening at some point during your overhaul of this outdoor space. Head into your local garden center and pick out the first flowers or plants which capture your eye. You don’t need to be an expert to get started; there’s no right or wrong way to design your garden. Just have a little courage, and get stuck in.