Patio Design Tips For A Stunning Garden

Patio Design Tips For A Stunning Garden

Image  The patio area of our garden is always a great place to host guests and have parties. This summer in particular is always amazing for this because we get to strike up the grill and sit out in the sun with the people we love and some ice cold beers.  If your patio area is looking a little drab and needs some life breathed back into it this year, we have some handy design ideas for you this summer. Divide Your Space  A great idea when you are looking to create a hosting area for the garden is to divide the patio area into a few different smaller areas. There can be a main seating area, a cooking area for the grill, and a produce area where you plant your favorite fruits and vegetables. This is an awesome way to make the most of your space and create an area of the garden which really feels like something special.  Pay Attention To Lighting Lighting is more important than you think outside because there may be instances where you stay out in the garden as the sun sets on a warm night. You can use a service like Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage and Lighting to help install the best lighting and heaters to your patio area and this will create a cozy and warm area to enjoy even when the night draws in.  Deck it out A classic patio is usually made out of paving slabs and this is something which can often look clean and sleek, but can also be a little boring. If you are going for a different style and feel in your garden a great choice would be to install some decking instead. You don’t even have to spend lots and you can use old wooden pallets and varnish for a budget friendly deck.  Choose Low-Maintenance Plants Unlike the rest of your garden, the patio area is somewhere that won’t be filled with plants, and as such you want to choose low-maintenance plants to pot and place in your garden. You can choose shrubs such as azaleas and rhododendrons and these will provide stunning color in spring and summer but will be easy to keep tidy.  Consider Storage When it comes to the design of your patio, it is important for you to think of your patio more like an extension of the home rather than a part of the garden, and as such you will likely have furniture in this area and also things which you want to store. Storage for the patio can be super easy with a plastic crate, or you can choose to create your own seat/storage area by creating a raised brick seat which is hollow for storage, and which has a wooden lid with a varnish coat for modern style.  All of these simple patio ideas should provide you with a wonderful patio which you can enjoy all summer and into the colder portion of the year.  This contributed post may contain affiliate...
8 Tips to Help You Pick the Right Lawnmower for Your Needs

8 Tips to Help You Pick the Right Lawnmower for Your Needs

Whether you’ve recently moved into a completely new house or your old method of mowing the lawn has become slow and outdated, getting yourself a new lawnmower is never a bad idea, especially if you’ve invested into your garden and want to level up your knowledge and skills a bit. Unfortunately, buying a lawnmower can be quite difficult because there’s a lot to learn, there are many different price points and several different lawnmowers that are all capable of giving you a clean and tidied lawn. So in this post, we’re going to take a look at 8 useful tips to help you pick the right lawnmower for your needs. https://unsplash.com/photos/c-5-QE5kBYk 1. Brands can help, but don’t let it fool you into paying more Let’s face it, there are plenty of well-known lawnmower brands that it can often be difficult trying to decide which ones to buy. This is where we might choose different factors to act as the decider such as the brand. Unfortunately, the moment you start buying because of a brand is the moment you start losing money. Diminishing returns exist in the world of lawnmowers and although the extra money does go to things like accessories and better support, it’s best to look for value purchases instead of just a brand. 2. Make sure you consider the size of the lawn The size of your lawnmower is going to have a big impact on how operational it is. Some lawnmowers are large enough to be ridden while others are tiny and have trouble cutting out large sections of grass. Buy a lawnmower that’s relative to the size of your garden if possible. As a general rule of thumb, you should be looking at a cutting width between 28 to 35 cm if you’ve got a small lawn, up to 40 cm for a medium-sized lawn and upwards of 40 cm for a large lawn. If you’re cutting very large sections of grass then a ride-on lawnmower may be the best choice. 3. Check how the lawnmower starts There are two common ways to start a lawnmower. The typical way is to pull on a cord to start it up because it’s a petrol machine. However, there are also electric starters that are generally a little quieter albeit equally as powerful. They come at a slightly higher cost than regular petrol-run lawnmowers, but they’re much easier to start and won’t strain your arm should you need to pull it. 4. Purchase something that’s a good value, not just cheap When purchasing a lawnmower, it’s a good idea to think about the value that you’re getting from a purchase. We already mentioned that buying from just brands usually isn’t a good idea, but if it’s a branded and popular lawnmower and people are recommending it, then purchasing it on a sale is ultimately going to be better than the “budget” full-price purchase. A high-quality lawnmower isn’t something that you need to replace very often which is why people aren’t afraid to splash a bit more cash on theirs as long as it will see some use. This is because lawnmowers can be repaired to a professional standard to fix not just small issues, but also more troubling ones such as rattling, harsh vibrations or dull blades. https://unsplash.com/photos/8vBpYpTGo90 5. Think about the type of grass in your garden There are many different types of lawnmowers and they each cut different types of grass in their own efficient way. For instance, cylinder mowers aren’t great for different height levels and bumps in your garden. If you have many different types of grass in your garden then a rotary mower is generally a good idea. However, if you live on a farm or have large fields of grass to mow, then you may need an industrial solution such as a ride-on lawnmower.  6. Only consider a ride-on lawnmower if you have a need for it If you have the money for it or want to get a long-lasting solution, then you might think of getting a ride-on lawnmower for the extra power and size. However, as we’ve mentioned in a previous tip, it’s important to consider the size of your lawn and the grass type. One of the more compelling reasons to buy something like a ride-on is that it’s the best riding lawn mower for hills. This means that you won’t have any trouble if your lawn is huge and on multiple elevations, making the task of mowing your lawn a breeze. 7. A powerful lawnmower makes a huge difference Let’s not forget that power equals cutting strength in a lawnmower. This ultimately means that a powerful lawnmower can provide you with a cleaner cut on the grass, resulting in a smooth and appealing lawn. This is in comparison to a lawn that looks dull, uneven and poorly-cut. It’s not a nice sight to see and you’re much better off paying a little extra for a more powerful lawnmower. 8. Picking the right fuel Lastly, we also need to mention fuel. If petrol isn’t readily available or is a hassle, then consider another option. If you have a really big lawn then you can consider either a cordless lawnmower for convenience or an electric one if you have a very long power extension to use it. The type of fuel is surprisingly important and can even affect the price depending on the make and model. We understand that a lawnmower is an integral part of any garden, but the different types of lawnmower and their features do matter a lot when it comes to picking out the right one. With increasing sophisticated technology making its way into gardening tools, we can expect to see more traditional gardeners looking at articles such as this to help them decide on the right tool for their needs. Unfortunately, buying a modern lawnmower can be confusing and needs professional help to understand it, so we hope that this article has helped. This contributed...
Is Your Garden the Hostess with the Mostess?

Is Your Garden the Hostess with the Mostess?

Everyone wants to make the most out of their garden, and that means you need to host people. In the summertime, there’s nothing like inviting friends and family around and eating good food. Unfortunately, you can only do it if your garden is in good shape or else the party won’t go to plan and your dirty yard will be the talk of the town. Gossip flies around neighborhoods like wildfire, people! The good news is you can transform your garden into the hostess with the mostess in a few simple steps. Continue reading to find out more. Add Different Textures A green lawn and colorful flowers look incredible, yet they aren’t the most functional features for events. Where are people going to stand without getting their feet wet and muddy? Where will the BBQ go without sinking into the turf and ruining the grass? The best landscape design is one that mixes textures so that there is a place to stand or cook or sit and relax in peace. Of course, stone flags always work well, which is why almost every garden has a walkway; however, decking is the answer. That way, there is an area for everyone to congregate outside. Don’t Forget The Furniture Certain features are obvious, such as a BBQ or a grill. But, other pieces of furniture are often omitted because hosts think they can wing it. After all, there is always kitchen chairs that you can bring outside. The problem with not having permanent fixtures is the lack of comfort. People don’t want to have to ask to sit down and chill out – they want to kick back in a comfy deck chair without a second thought. If you don’t think garden furniture is necessary, be sure to bring the stuff you need outside before the guests arrive. Hook Up A Heater Summer is the warmest time of year, during the day. At night, the temperature drops and people sit in the garden freezing wishing they had brought a jacket. Of course, they don’t need to if there is a heater adding warmth and taking the edge off the wind chill. Today, garden heaters are easy to install and aren’t overly expensive. Plus, they are sleek with glossy finishes so that they don’t stand out for the wrong reasons. If the party is going on into the night, be sure to hook up the heater for later on even if you don’t feel cold. Burn Candles Candles add light and boost the atmosphere, which are two reasons to have them in your garden. However, the main one is the smell. Pesky pests, such as mosquitoes and flies, often plague guests and make their limbs look like a pincushion. With smelling candles, the odor should keep them at bay and stop them from being a nuisance. Don’t worry about it overpowering everyone because they are usually only sensitive to garden pests. Is your garden an excellent host? It can be with these fantastic...
DIY Landscaping Tips

DIY Landscaping Tips

If we’re being honest, clean and green landscaping can take just about any house to the next level. Abundant grass, trees, flowers, and shrubs—arranged nicely of course—adds a special touch to house and appeals to our inherent attraction to the natural world. Unfortunately, landscaping can be costly, especially when it involves the professionals. Does it need to be, though? Of course not! With some planning, creativity, and a little bit of work, you can transform your garden or lawn without breaking the bank. Landscaping is also especially important for people who plan on selling their home since curb appeal is a huge selling point and can lead to a high return on investment.  Create a garden border with rocks Depending on where you live, you probably have quite a few larger rocks laying around. Grab them from your property and align the edge of your garden with them. If you don’t have rocks or you’re looking for a cleaner look, purchase bricks or granite, which can be inexpensive depending on where you purchase them from. Some homeowners also use river rocks or gravel to contain their gardens! Regardless of your preferred aesthetic, stones and rocks will give your landscaping a fresh look!  Decorate with potted herbs Ceramic pots go well with just about any home, and what better to plant than something you can also consume! Most herbs, like mint, sage, and rosemary, aren’t very high maintenance and can be planted in pots outside! Additionally, they can be purchased for a low cost just about anywhere nowadays. Potted plants are great because they can be strategically placed around the home’s exterior to fill in spots that seem “empty” without adding too much clutter.  Create a pathway One great way to add some flare to a garden is via a pathway. There are a few “paths” (pun intended) you could take with this project. One of the more common ways is through flat stones laid out in a mosaic fashion. You can fill in the gaps between the stones with dirt, gravel, or cement! Stone isn’t the only way to construct a path; wood and gravel also work!  Be specific with flowers Flowers are a major part of landscaping, but arguably require the most work. Choose flowers that are native to your region since they’ll likely be less expensive and will have a better chance of flourishing! Additionally, the “best” flowers to use will depend on where in your house you’ll be planting them. Flowers near paths should be able to withstand heavy foot traffic and pollution. Additionally, the colors of the flowers you use can influence people’s first impression of your home, especially when combined with the hues of your home. Additionally, you don’t have to go all out with planting a new garden. Strategic placement of flowers, soil, mulch, rocks, and garden decor goes a long way! Whether you’re selling your house in 2019 or just trying to spruce it up, these DIY gardening tips will go a long way without costing you a ton of money. For more gardening tips and stories, make sure to stop back regularly to Miss Smarty...
3 ways to make the most out of your back garden

3 ways to make the most out of your back garden

Back gardens are our chance to build ourselves a sanctuary. To have somewhere where we can escape to when we need a bit of alone time or just want to be outdoors. All too often, however, back gardens are left neglected. Concerns over the money or time it takes to really maintain a garden can make it difficult to get started on creating your own little bit of paradise. But it’s still possible to make the most out of a back garden (no matter the size) in a cheap and low-maintenance fashion so that you have a space that you can really enjoy. Read through our three top tips to help you make the most of your back garden. 1. Use the walls https://unsplash.com/photos/Sz4iD0pipxc The best gardens have plenty of plants. A mix of different flowers creates something that is pleasing to all the senses. Plus, it’s great for wildlife (especially bees) who need flowers to thrive. The great news is that, no matter how small your garden is, there is plenty of room to grow flowers if you start to think about planting upwards. Make use of any walls that you have by hanging planters on them and putting in some beautiful flowers. If money is an issue, you can always raid charity shops or second-hand stores to find pots. You could even grow climbing plants, such as clematis or ivy, to really cover the walls and create a sense of privacy. Climbers are great for creating something that is visually interesting in your garden with minimal fuss. The plants tend to be cheap and low-maintenance so they should really fit into your busy lifestyle. 2. Invite wildlife in https://unsplash.com/photos/nkynQWagL-s Even small back gardens can offer a haven to wildlife. Why not think about adding in some features to help create a garden that your local wildlife will love? You could add bat boxes or nesting boxes for birds, as well as add in a feeder or two to attract different types of birds into your garden. You could even use a recycled container to create a pond – the wildlife will love the water that you provide for them. Many people these days are beginning to make decisions that are great for the planet. Statistics show, for example, that over 71% of shoppers take the environmental impact of their shopping choices into consideration when doing the grocery shop. It makes sense, therefore to take environmental impact into consideration when designing your back garden, too. Looking after the wildlife is certainly the right choice for the environment and it will also make your garden extremely inviting. 3. Forgo the lawn If you don’t have children who want to play outside you could consider forgoing the lawn so that you have more space to grow flowers. It might be that you need to spend a bit of money on laying a path and installing flower beds, but you won’t have the hassle of maintaining your lawn on a weekly basis throughout the summer months. You could sow wildflowers in at least one of the flower beds that you will have room for if you give up your lawn – and increase your positive impact on the environment at the same...
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