Garden Makeovers To Try This Summer
Summer is almost here, which means that the best place to hang out is your garden. But is it ready for presentation? Even if you’ve given your backyard a quick spring clean, it might not be in the best condition to start showing off to your friends and neighbors. The grass is looking a bit overgrown, the flowerbeds are almost dead, and the trees aren’t letting a lot of light in.
Fortunately, you can do something about that. Get your whole family involved and spend a weekend giving your garden a much-needed makeover. You can choose to stick to doing some basic maintenance, or you can finally get started on those gardening projects you’ve been putting off. After all, the garden is more than just an outdoor space.
Clean Your Garden
Just as you would clean your house to receive visitors, you should also clean your garden before you start planning a BBQ. This isn’t a fun activity for everyone, especially if your backyard is in a bad state, but don’t start looking for land for sale just yet. Assign tasks to the whole family, and soon you’ll have a garden just like the ones in the magazines.
Dig out your gardening tools and spend a warmer day mowing the lawn, trimming your shrubs and trees, and digging out the weeds. You’d be surprised how a short trim of the overgrown leaves can make your garden look tidier, and possibly bigger. Cutting back the dead branches on the trees could even let more sunshine into your garden, making your afternoons far more enjoyable.
Open Up Your Patio
Now that your garden is clear you can start getting friends together to organize a BBQ or brunch outside on your patio.
You can make our outdoor area more welcoming by investing in comfortable outdoor furniture, and putting up a few parasols to protect your guests from the harshness of peak sunlight hours. You could even go one step further and give the patio a makeover. Warm, honey-colored tiles will be much brighter and more reflective than dark grey concrete, not to mention less depressing. You can also get creative with a winding path to add a bit of variety to your garden, or a patterned patio to use as a designated reading or meditation area. All you have to do now is hope that you don’t get unexpected rainfall.
Build a deck
If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, you could even build a deck to use as your outdoor space. Not only is this an excellent DIY project, a deck will add value to your home should you ever decide to sell. In fact, decks have become so popular that the market has produced huge variety of products built for outdoor living, from fire pits and fireplaces to outrageously comfortable seating arrangements. Your new deck could has a designated area for a brand new BBQ grill, or even a portable bar.
Finally, a deck is typically built to the same level as your doorway from inside the house, so unlike a patio, it won’t be uneven. There really are a lot of reasons to build a deck this summer. If you’re environmentally conscious, you can use reclaimed timber to begin construction.
Add some color
Green is in abundance in the garden, but that doesn’t mean you should limit yourself to keeping the grass and bushes in good condition. Add a few bright hues by planting some flowers that require minimal upkeep. Daffodils and other bulb flowers are a good idea because they will continue to bloom year after year, and they are an excellent indicator that spring is on its way.
If you don’t have a lot of space for growing a field full of flowers, you can use flower pots to give your garden some color. Pots are a more practical way of decorating your outside space, and the best part is that, as long as you’re strong, you can change the pots around if you get bored with the current presentation. If you’re really lacking in space, however, trying growing your garden up instead of out. Plant some flowers or herbs in a vertical stacked planter and see what a difference it makes to your patio. These are a good idea even if you’re not lacking in space. You could keep the stacked planter near your kitchen to grow herbs for your cooking.
Plant a vegetable garden
A vegetable garden is a sign of a sustainable home. Not only will you be supplied with free vegetables all year, but you will help the environment, and give your children various skills. Planting the seeds and watching them grow teaches your kids about the growth process, the environment, and about the food they eat. They will also be more willing to eat vegetable because they know it came from their garden and they will be proud of their contribution to dinner. A vegetable garden will also be an educational experience for you, because you will learn which vegetables grow best in certain seasons. You can even use the organic waste from your kitchen to make compost, therefore everyone in the family will learn about recycling
You don’t have to plant a large garden to reap the benefits of homegrown vegetables. You can start off with something small, like a pot of tomatoes, some potatoes, or even a little herb garden. You’ll be teaching your child how to cook by showing them which herbs are key ingredients for their favorite meals
Invite nature in
If you’d really like to invite nature back into your garden, try digging your own pond. Not only is it a great project for everyone to get involved, but ponds are very helpful for preserving wildlife. Once you’ve built a pond step-by-step, be prepared for animals to move in at an astonishing speed. If a pond sounds like too much, or your garden isn’t big enough, a bird bath will also attract nature and add an element of peace.