Autumn is here so you know what that means. Frosty mornings, the crunch of leaves, bonfires, and massive heating bills. To save energy, and hopefully cut costs, here’s a few DIY tips before winter.
Top Tips For Urban Gardens
Many of us dream of a big house, acres of land, and maybe a swimming a pool thrown in. In reality we’re happy with a few paving stones that we can call a garden. Small gardens come in all shapes and sizes – knowing what to do with them is the tricky part.
If you’re a city dweller, the chances of having an expansive garden are slim. Tending to a lawn can be an unnecessary hassle anyway. Crafty city gardeners are turning any spare space into green places all around the world. Just look at New York’s Highline, a disused railway line, transformed into an urban park.
For those of you who are looking to transform your concrete jungle, here are our tips:
Make the most of potted plants
Potted plants are a great way to spruce up a patio or urban garden, in fact, any garden. Buy different sizes and colours of pots with an array of plants - arrange them on different levels for a great looking display. Don’t worry about spending a lot of money on pots, these can be picked up cheaply, and it’s great if they don’t match; it’s all part of the charm.
In terms of what to plant, you’d be surprised how much you can grow without a flower bed. Consider a selection of herbs such as mint and chives and some strong year-round plants such as a yucca. If you want to be more imaginative you can even plant strawberries, roses and even lemon trees in a pot or container.
Grass is overrated anyway
If you’re faced with a grassless space, why not experiment with raised decking which can turn a drab, small outdoor space into a great atmosphere.
The great thing about decking is that it is low maintenance. The elements are known to batter a deck, so it’s important that you not only prep it for winter but also that you bring it back to life ready for the summer. To take care of your deck, this involves a quick scrub down, removing any mould and mildew, and a re-oil every time it looks worn. Simple. Why not stain your decking in our Charcoal or Slate colours to completely change the look of your outdoor space?
Use wall space
Really struggling for space? Look to the wall. Get your hands on a trellis and make use of them by investing in a few crawling plants. Putting a trellis up protects your wall from any damage.
Roses, sweet peas and honeysuckle are great options to consider if you want to give your garden a bit of volume. If you have a larger section to pad out then look at planting Sweet Autumn Clematis.
Not a fan of a climbing plant? Consider hanging baskets or boxes as a great way to add a bit of colour and vegetation to your garden.
Is your balcony your only outdoor space? Why not turn a pallet into a garden? Urban gardener, ‘life on the balcony’ created this fantastic space. Find out how to make it here.
It’s all about the furniture
Finally, there’s nothing better than being able to sit outside. Make sure you have a comfortable table and chairs that you can use during the summer months. Even if your space is small, cramming in a small table and chairs will do the trick.
We caught up with Katy of Buttonfly Furniture recently and she shared some tips those of you keen to start an upcycling project may find useful.
See how our Decking Rescue Paint can give your tired Decking the refresh it needs.
Hannah certainly put the Garden Paint through its paces and sent us a great review and some lovely photos. Thanks Hannah and we hope you enjoy your revamped garden!