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.
How to make the most of your garden
Gardens come in all sorts of different shapes, and sizes, so we know that advice about plants and turf might not apply to all gardens. Whether your garden is small, paved or rivals the grounds of a country house, here are some ways you can make the most of it.
First things first, think about how you’re going to be using your garden. If you have children then you probably want to keep the grass but if not, then you could replace it with paving and decking.
Vertical climbing plants can add the colour and greenery you crave whilst still leaving room for a small seating area. Vertical plants can also help to cover up some features that you’d rather hide like a garage wall or a fence.
Speaking of seating areas, recessed seating is a great way to make use of your limited space if you regularly entertain guests. You could also clad a raised bed and use our Garden Furniture Oil to protect the wood and transform it into a key feature of your garden.
You might not get to use your garden that often, but at least you’ll have a nice space for entertaining guests.
If your garden is a grey sea of paving slabs that abruptly ends in a fence or a wall, don’t despair! There are still ways you can turn it into a relaxing space.
Get creative and paint your wall or fence a bright colour to liven up your garden. Our Garden Paint can be applied to wood, brick terracotta and metal. We’ve got 24 colours for you to choose from, so no matter how bright you fancy it, we’ve got the colour for you.
You might not have any grass or soil, but you can still introduce plenty of potted plants. From small, delicate flowers to larger topiary trees, there are plenty of plants that thrive in pots and can add that much needed natural touch to your garden.
If you have furniture, you could add small touches of drama by painting it a contrasting colour to your walls and fence. Combine this with a small chimenea and tea lights for a garden that’s inviting on both summer evenings and autumn nights.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large garden then your possibilities are almost endless. Don’t let this intimidate you though, if you focus on your garden section by section then you’ll soon have a space that you love.
One of the trickiest parts of having a big garden (other than the maintenance!) is filling the space. Whilst a luscious green lawn is fantastic, sometimes there’s only so much space you need. Trees and large bushes are good for covering ground and can also attract wildlife. Consider dividing your outdoor space into individual ‘mini’ gardens and introduce some furniture to provide valuable seating space for guests. This can also help to create privacy from the rest of your garden.
A large space also gives you the opportunity to create a truly breath-taking entertaining space. You could create your dream seating area complete with a firepit, BBQ, and maybe even a pool.
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.
Many of us dream of a big house. In reality we’re happy with a few paving stones that we can call a garden. Knowing what to do with them is the tricky part.
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