Making the Most of your Garden this Summer

Although the great British Summer is notoriously unpredictable when it comes to the weather, the warm, sunny spells we had last Summer, and also this April do give us a chance to make the most of our garden or outdoor space, whilst we can.  Due to being neglected during the winter months and the lack of sunshine we are often faced with, even in British summertime, many people are unsure how to make the most of their gardens when it begins to warm up. The thought of cutting bushes, potting plants and mowing lawns can be pretty daunting to some and many of us don’t have the money to go all out on the garden furniture, the built in BBQ’s and the hot tubs, but there are definitely simpler ways of enjoying the outdoors during a rare bit of British heat.

Dining Alfresco

No matter how big or small your garden is, when the sun is shining there is nothing better than taking your dinner to eat outside, with a nice cold drink. Whether you set out the table with a range of salads, cold meats and bread, or simply just cook your dinner inside and bring it out, there is something about dining alfresco that soothes the soul. If you haven’t already, it is definitely well worth investing in some garden furniture. It doesn’t have to break the bank, it can even be a simple little wooden or plastic set for two, but sitting out and eating at night, or enjoying a nice brew in the fresh morning sun is definitely a great way to utilise your outdoor space.

BBQ it up

Following on from my last point, eating outside in the warm weather is a dream, and cooking in it is also a great change. You might already have a fancy BBQ where you can cook all kinds of fancy and yummy meats and fish, but even if you just buy a small, disposal one and cook a few sausages, it still counts! Everyone loves a hot dog so bbq on a budget can be a simple task and a great excuse to get the family and friends together. ‘Build your own buns’ are a great, purse-friendly way to feed the five thousand. Cook a load of sausages on the BBQ, give everyone a hot dog bun and set out different ‘stations’ for the toppings (onions, mustard, ketchup, beef chilli etc). Fill a bucket with some ice and beers and voila! Everyone is happy – except maybe the veggies but there is always Quorn for that!

Get the Essentials

One of the great things about hot, summer days is sitting out late into the night and it still feeling warm (ish). However, if you want to make a habit of this (or do it as often as possible) there are some essentials that you will need to invest in. First of all, some outdoor lighting, from fitted lights with sensors to solar powered lamps, your lighting options depend on your budget and the size of your garden – so get researching! Secondly, small, mini fire pits are a great way to keep everyone outside once the sun goes down. You can buy them from major supermarkets for next to nothing and sitting around a campfire either toasting marshmallows or playing a few games is a welcome change from the TV indoors! Thirdly, bug spray – because they always try to spoil the fun.

Enjoy Some Fish

One way you could definitely improve the look of your garden is by adding a Koi pond. Koi are beautiful fish and a Koi pond is actually one way of owning pets that actually adds value to your home. But as well as this point, for those who have struggled with their mental health during lockdown, watching Koi and listening to the gentle movement of the water is actually a brilliant way to relax and de-stress.

This is not just an old wives tale, but one that doctors are now also alluding too.

Some doctors have begun to voice their opinions about the benefits of having a personal Koi pond. They have gained these opinions by witnessing improvements in such medical conditions as high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, and some heart conditions in patients known to have their own personal Koi pond. Stress can exasperate these conditions and doctors are always looking for ways they can recommend to their patients for reducing the amount of stress in their lives for better health. Doctors have even found that many stroke and heart attack sufferers recover sooner when they have an area they can access frequently for relaxation, such as with a Koi pond. – (from http://www.elertgadget.com/palert/the_benefits_of_koi_ponds_1120.htm)

If you decide to opt for a Koi pond, look to somewhere like Absolute Koi so you can sort all your Koi needs in one place.

Grow some Goodness!

You don’t need a huge space to grow a little of your own fruit and veggies this summer. A lot of us have been meaning to try this for ages but never get round to it – so now is your chance! Find a raised patch of soil and get planting some summer seeds. Nothing more rewarding than enjoying a salad with tomatoes you’ve grown yourself or a crumble with freshly picked raspberries and blackberries! You’ll be a domestic goddess in no time.

Outdoor Games

If you have grass in your garden, there is nothing better than a few good old fashioned games with family and friends to while away the hours. The games you can play even with just a single ball are endless and I’m sure everyone will enjoy unlocking their inner child for a good game of Piggy in the Middle – especially after a few drinks! A cricket set or a Rounder’s bat also cos very little from budget stores and can provide hours of (competitive) fun. If you’re more civilised or simply a little restricted on space, a pack of cards outside is the perfect entertainment!

Garden tips for small spaces

I have recently developed a love for gardening, and consider myself very lucky to have a large garden space, big enough for a double patio, and a large lawn area for Joe. My garden is now turning into a lovely riot of colour, as the plants I bedded in spring have now sprouted and grown.

But you don’t need the space of Kew Gardens to be able to have a lovely garden area, or to get a thrill from growing your own fruit or flowers. A small backyard, or even a balcony if you live in a flat or apartment, can give you a space to make beautiful. Gardening is a hobby that has therapeutic and relaxing qualities so it is well worth setting some time aside to create your ideal space, whether it be through large pruned bushes or small potted plants.

Grasslands, the garden hedging specialists,  have created an eBook titled “How to make the most out of a small family garden” , which is full of useful hints and tips that could be helpful if you don’t have the biggest of garden spaces. The e book focuses on design tips for your garden such as which garden pots and plants are easy to maintain, but also looking at the scarier aspects of gardening,  looking specifically at which plants are to be avoided as they can be poisonous or cause irritation.
 A small garden can also need some clever design in order to make the most of the space that you have. The design of your garden,  can, for example, be helped by the garden furniture that you choose, and how you place it around your garden to maximise space. For instance, if you position your furniture in a corner facing onto all your space, your area will feel much larger and will give the impression of lots of space, even if the reality is much different. If your space appears smaller due to large trees taking over a lot of your space, you could consider tree removal as a way to open up your garden and give you some more lawn and open space. You may find you need some expert advice about the trees in your garden, and for this you can consult a service like https://www.thelocaltreeexperts.com/in/evansville/ who will be able to answer all your queries and questions and ensure you make the best decisions for your garden space.
If you are an amateur gardener, you must have some gardening tools to maintain your lawn & keep it attractive. One of the most common tools is grass trimmer, raker, lawnmower, etc. You need to be conscious about your tools storage too. For a small garden, you should have utilized a small lawnmower. Greenmachinery has published a guide on how to find the best lawn mower for a small lawn.

Lots of pots can also be used,maybe to develop a small vegetable patch or a herb garden, and it is also great to get your children out into the garden, maybe giving them their own pots in which to grow their very own plants. A fairy garden or a bug box can also be a lovely idea to help your children fall in love with the garden, and see it as somewhere other than a place to throw or kick a ball.

 With gardening said to help relieve stress and lower instances of depression, it seems sad to not get involved due to a lack of space, or a proper garden area. You literally just need to make the most out of what you’ve got.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Reasons Families Are Choosing Artificial Grass

During summer months, our gardens form the hubs of our social lives. From barbecues to parties, when the weather is fine there is nothing more rewarding then getting outside and enjoying the space in the comfort of our own property.

For families, gardens are often even more crucial to day-to-day living.

In a day-and-age where we spend more time looking at screens than we do getting fresh air, having a safe and manageable outdoor space literally on your doorstep is a fantastic opportunity to encourage kids to enjoy the great outdoors.

But, when natural lawns endure vigorous footfall, sports, or boisterous pets, the result can leave your garden in a right mess. Bald patches can leave it looking unsightly, while muddy spots and potholes might render the lawn a no-go zone or even downright unsafe.

So how do you promote outdoor family time without compromising on the aesthetics or safety of your garden?

The solution is artificial grass.

A Mess-Free Garden Solution

One of the biggest benefits of having an artificial lawn installed in your garden is that you can wave goodbye to mud and mess.

Artificial grass is installed with a perforated backing that allows rainwater to easily drain away. That means no muddy puddles or boggy patches, even after the heaviest of downpours.

This is beneficial to your family year-round. In summer, it means your garden won’t be reduced to a Glastonbury-esque mud bath after the heavens open. Following a downpour, pets and children can be let outside to enjoy the outdoors without the worry that they will churn up the lawn through their activity and track unsightly footprints through the house.

It also means that, in the winter, the garden can still be enjoyed on milder days with no mess, danger, or damage to the lawn.

Safety First

When gardens become muddy and bogged down with rainwater, they can quickly become unsafe. Artificial grass provides a soft, non-slip solution that keeps your family safe however they choose to enjoy the lawn. There are even options available to install shock-resistant mats or a foam underlay to protect your little ones from falls, particularly if your garden features play equipment such as climbing frames or trampolines.

Not only that, but they don’t require the use of fertilisers or other additional chemicals that have the potential to be harmful to your family or pets.

Low Maintenance

Busy lifestyles aren’t always conducive to natural lawns. Whether you’re often out and about attending social events with the kids in tow, or you work long hours, gardens can and do take a back seat to other essential household chores.

Because of this, when you have a natural lawn it can quickly grow out of hand – particularly in the growing season. Artificial lawns takes these maintenance jobs, like mowing, strimming, feeding and weeding, off your hands entirely giving you more precious time to spend with your family.

With minimal effort, your garden can look fresh and well-kept throughout the year. That’s not to say that artificial turf is totally without maintenance, but it is a lot simpler and takes far less time than tending to a natural lawn.

It’s no shock that more and more families are choosing to have artificial lawns installed in their gardens.

Advances in technology mean that even high-quality budget turf can look ultra-realistic, especially when they are installed by an experienced professional. At New Lawn Artificial Grass we pride ourselves on supplying customers with high quality artificial grass products to suit their needs – all with a guaranteed 10 year warranty.

If you’re looking to create a family friendly garden for your household, get in touch with a member of our team today to discuss what we can do to meet your needs and your budget.