Yes ok, it’s only February. But don’t try and tell me that you are not looking longingly out of your window into your garden and dreaming of sunnier days. If you are lucky enough to have an outside space, the COVID-19 pandemic has really highlighted to us how precious this is. I think it’s safe to say that after many cold months confined to our houses, we’ll be grabbing every opportunity to feel the sun on our faces this summer. It can also be an amazing time to start a business with your passion just hop on over on the web and search for the list of tree service franchises to get you started!
With that in mind, perhaps it’s time to add a little something new to your garden. If there was ever a time for home improvements, it’s been the past 12 months. After all, what else is there to do?
Dress any empty corners
Rule number one with gardens and interiors – avoid empty corners. Empty corners can look awkward and lost. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference drawing attention to corners can make within a space.
Corners are where you should be putting your garden furniture, your statement plants or trees, potted plant arrangements or your BBQ. If you are really fancy, it’s a great place for a decked-out hob tub area. When dressing your empty corners, adding height is really important to create a bit of dimension and interest in your space.
Focus on your patio
Creating a flow of movement from your property into your garden is important when creating a lived-in space that feels like an extension of your home. A good way to do this is with patio slabs. A patio blurs the lines between interior and exterior.
The good thing about patio slabs is that they will look great in any garden. You are almost guaranteed to find a slab that matches your personal taste and style – whether that’s contemporary grey or cream porcelain slabs, or decorative block paving for a more country cottage feel. Remember, patios are worth getting right. They need to stand the test of time, so make sure you opt for quality over anything else and get a professional domestic concrete supplier to lay good quality self-leveling concrete.
Refresh your fence
There’s nothing wrong with a natural wooden fence – but a bit of colour never hurt anyone, even if that colour is a slate grey or black. Dark colours work great contrasted with light, bright flowers and planters. If your garden doesn’t get an awful lot of sun, however, you might want to paint your fences a lighter colour. Perhaps a pastel shade of blue or green, or even white for something ultra-modern.
A good paint will also protect your wood from rotting over the years, keeping it in good condition for longer. Colour gives you the opportunity to add a bit of your own personality into the space, just as you would with your living room or bedroom.
Light it up
On the subject of applying interior rules to your garden, lighting is just as important outside as it is inside. It creates an atmosphere, plus it’s needed if you plan on using your garden in the evenings and not just in the daytime.
Set the scene for a romantic alfresco dinner, or for a cosy garden party with your friends (when we are allowed). Fairy lights are a great way to light up your garden, but they might not give off quite enough light to see where you’re going when you stumble back to the house after a few glasses of the good stuff. Perhaps invest in some solar-powered wall mounted lights to provide a bit more illumination.
Relax with a water feature
We all want to relax in our gardens, right? If it’s not a relaxing space, you won’t want to sit out there with a book on a sunny afternoon or take your morning coffee into a sunny spot to just have ‘a moment’. Nothing relaxes you quite like the tinkering sound of a water feature. Plus, if you live near a busy road or a school perhaps, it works well to drown out the noise in your surrounding environment.
And it’s probably easier than you think to get a water feature installed. You can power water features through a number of power sources, such as your mains, solar power and even by batteries. Once up and running, water features give a sense of calm and tranquillity. They also invite wildlife into your garden, serving as a little drinking and bathing area for birds. Water features have also been proven to reduce blood pressure and stress levels to improve your physical and mental health – something we could all do with at the moment! Winner.