Spring is nearly over. Time to inject some good old British optimism and hope that a tropical summer is on its way. If you’ve neglected the garden (we don’t blame you with the hail and showers recently) then it’s time to revamp your garden with a little TLC. Don’t worry we’ve got some easy fixes to get you ready for summer entertaining, or simply create a little ‘me’ space outdoors to escape the family.
1. Create a Low maintenance lawn
Let the grass grow longer in some parts of your garden, and just keep the formal area short. Then add some wildflowers in amongst the long grass to make it more interesting. Replace any fine turf with a turf mix or anything that says ‘multipurpose’, ‘hard wearing’ or simply ‘low maintenance’ or consider artificial turf which is all the rage. Browse the latest on lawn treatments, turf and easy maintenance tools. This isn’t just great for you, a wilder garden is more attractive to wildlife so bees will thrive.
2. Upcycle your Old Shed into a Sanctuary
If you’re short on indoor space all year round plan plan on creating a sanctuary in the garden that you can escape to. You can turn any old shed into the perfect haven or office space with a little bit of TLC. Use some fence paint to inject a new lease of life into an old has-been and try this seasons ‘in colours’ mint, sage, pebble or Moroccan red. Colour blocking, whether it be on the shed, patio walls or to frame flowers is the key to transforming your garden with minimal effort.
Interior design blogger Love Chic Living has some simple advice:
“Paint the interior walls in a light colour, stain the floor or add a lightly colour rug, hang a mirror and keep the furniture and accessories as light as you can. All these tricks will help make the space feel bigger”
If you’re not DIY friendly there are some great ready-made summerhouses or home offices you can just drop in or we’re loving the latest architectural smart office sphere to make working from home that bit more special!
3. Bring the Indoors Out
This year interior trends are making there way outside. From Swedish hygge-like comforts of candles, fire pits, hot tubs and layering with throws, to bright block colours to create the feel of an outdoor room. Plan your space with natural materials and muted or cool, soothing colours. Retro furniture like Rattan and wicker inspirations are the style for the season. Use outdoor rugs, ottomans, and side tables and accessorise with printed cushions.
With small spaces invest in some clever storage and paint in bold colours. Ideas like this garden chest, with a removable front for storing garden furniture, can be painted to fit with any theme.
4. Plant Eco-Friendly
Growing food is all the rage at the moment, being self sufficient and living ‘the good life’ is growing in popularity. This doesn’t mean you have to fuel your car with manure and attempt to learn how to milk a goat. If you want to get into growing your own, then heed the advice of self sufficiency experts Go Self Sufficient and get a greenhouse.
“With a large plot and a greenhouse or polytunnel there is not much you can’t grow. Seeds can be tricked into thinking it is spring and germinated in heated propagators and tropical fruits can be raised in greenhouses that mimic the conditions they grow in naturally”.
Don’t think you can’t join the pack if you only have a balcony, as this table top greenhouse can be used anywhere.
5. Save yourself time by using SMART gadgets
Most green-fingered types love a garden gadget or two. Go SMART by connecting your garden so you can manage it on the go. Here are a few of the top picks:
Security - The Netatmo Welcome Home camera is a must have gadget for this year whether it’s general security, keeping an eye on late arriving teenagers or capturing night time visitors to your garden. It’s facial recognition technology alerts you to friend or foe directly to your smartphone and you can personalize alerts. Coolest feature? You can be anywhere in the world!
Trimming – for a handy multi-tool to trim hedges and shrubs try the Bosch Electric Corded Trimmer compact, lightweight and multi-functional.
Heating – Prepare for those colder evenings of entertaining with a Smart heater from Bromic Tungsten – compatible with switch, dimmer or smart control systems which can be installed on each element for total heating control.
Watering – set up your holiday watering with a Smart Valve that will regularly water your plants for as long as your reservoir of water lasts. When the water has been used up the Smart Valve Kit will automatically refill your tray without the need for power, computers or electronics!
Got some simple garden revamp ideas of your own? Share them in the Comments below.