Spring is almost upon us, and that is the time to turn your attention to the garden. The winter has taken its toll, and the area is looking a bit jaded, but before you dismiss the idea of a major overhaul, here are some tips to transform the garden without breaking the bank.
Create a Terrace
This might sound like a big project, but actually it isn’t beyond the average person. The ideal location would either be at the rear or on one side of the house, and the window can be taken out and replaced with a pair of sliding patio doors. This allows the terraced area to become a part of the home, with comfortable access to the home. The right awning and some screens, and you have the ideal al fresco dining area, for those all too infrequent sunny days. If you aren’t confident in tackling the job, Thomson Local list a variety of skilled London gardeners who can design and create the ideal patio, and with a local contractor, you can be sure the workmanship will be of the highest standard.
Rockery or Fountain
If you do decide to have a patio, there will be an amount of top soil to remove and this can be utilised by creating a rockery in one secluded corner of the garden. Some nice sized rocks and a few shrubs will add character, and if you are so inclined, it isn’t difficult to set up a small pump and have a fountain. There is something very calming about a fountain, and any electrician could quickly set up the power connection, which would also run your garden lighting.
Awnings and Screens
For the ideal shading and seclusion, modern awnings offer the homeowner a new level of convenience and comfort, with motorised awnings that are fully retractable, or if the area is always in need of shade, then a permanent awning would be the best solution. If you are a DIY enthusiast, you might consider building a barbeque, or better still, ask the gardening contractor to include this when he lays the patio. Some good quality garden furniture, a few potted plants and hanging baskets, the right lighting, and you have the ideal dining area, whatever the time of year.
Turf it Up
There’s nothing quite like a well-kept lawn, and if you happen to have a wild section, you could turn this into a lawn very easily. Once the ground is prepared, the ordered turf can be laid, and if you aren’t confident with this, an online search using your local directory will put you in touch with a reliable landscape gardener who can undertake the job. There is a level of maintenance with a lawn, so be prepared to spend your Sunday mornings cutting the grass.
The garden is so much more that a pretty area surrounding the home, and with a little forethought and planning, your garden can become an integral art of the living space.