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.
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.

Creating The Most Stylish Garden Possible

Your garden is probably the last thing on your mind right now. After all, it is November and the days are becoming cold and dark, so would you even care? It’s a good point, but as gardening enthusiasts will tell you, looking after your garden is an all year round job. Regardless of the weather the urge to have a stylish garden, a beautiful outdoor space is always there, it is an extension of your home and can be enjoyed whatever the season.

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is as your garden needs to look its best three-hundred and sixty-five days of the year. To make that happen, take a look at the tips below.

Seek Professional Help

If you love your garden, but don’t actually enjoy gardening, or find the job too big, you can find a professional gardener to help with the job. You can find a whole range of gardening professionals that offer a wide type of garden service, from landscaping on a grand scale, to simply coming and cutting the lawn and weeding every few weeks. This is great if you work during the day and feel that your garden is neglected during the Winter months.

Add Colour

A garden without colour is a garden that is missing a spark. The colour is essential because it brings everything to life and makes it look as vivid and as rich as possible. When it comes to style, you want people to look at your garden and think ‘wow.’ Well, with the right colour scheme, they will do exactly that as the shades will blow them away. Concentrate on the plants to begin with as they are the supplementary colours, and make sure they mix with the lawn. The green of the lawn should dominate, so everything needs to play second fiddle and merge seamlessly.

Love this Birmingham Garden for the Chelsea Flower Show

Love this Birmingham Garden for the Chelsea Flower Show

But Don’t Go Overboard

Although the colour is essential, you need to rein it in as much as possible. When you start getting too complicated with the colour scheme, you can undo all of your hard work. Too many colours in one small area will look gaudy and as if you are trying too hard. Stick to the simple yet bold reds, blues, and purples that most plants show off when they bloom. Plus, these colours look amazing with the natural greens of the surrounding area.

Buy Garden Furniture

Again, garden furniture is practical, but it also takes up a lot of space. It is important to note that filling space is hard as you need to get the right balance. Fill too little and there is something missing, yet fill too much and it looks untidy and messy. The key is to buy a small amount of large furniture. That way, you don’t look as if you are using too much, but you are also filling the space. There are plenty of options, but rattan garden furniture is among the best.

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Invest In Lighting

Gardens are not just for the daytime – they are also for the night-time. To enjoy your garden when the sun goes down, you need to be able to see what you are doing! Obviously, you need light for a practical purpose, but it also has another purpose. Garden lights are brilliant at creating atmosphere, and atmosphere goes a long way to setting the perfect style and tone. The key is not to put them down anywhere on a whim. You should think about it strategically and place them where the dark is most prominent, and where the most colour is in the garden. That way, you can illuminate the best areas of the garden and create contrast.

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Follow these four tips and you will have the most stylish garden in the neighborhood.