Common Mistakes That Homeowners Will Make With Their 2021 Garden Upgrades

Common Mistakes That Homeowners Will Make With Their 2021 Garden Upgrades

Garden transformations will be an immensely popular form of home improvement in 2021, and it’s not hard to see why. We are spending more time at home than ever before, which makes the value of the external spaces even greater than ever. Sadly, most people will fall into very common pitfalls. Here are five that you must sidestep to ensure that the very best results are achieved. After all, that’s the least you deserve. Rush The Planning Given the way that life is right now, it’s only natural that you want to see the benefits of your garden upgrade ASAP. However, this cannot be an excuse to overlook the need for strategic planning. You will need to analyze the soil type, know where underground pipes are located, and prioritize the features you want. Only then can you create a fully tailored design that will bring your garden to life and promote years of happiness. Besides, it is the only way to truly manage timeframes and budgets. Go It Alone The process of transforming the backyard is one that can fill you with immense joy. Nonetheless, some jobs are best left to the professionals. Luxury landscape design can incorporate different turfs, paths, flower beds, and water features. Likewise, it allows for complex fire pits, patios, and pools. Allowing a contractor to create and implement the perfect upgrade also ensures that the ideas are perfectly matched to your home. This means maximizing the space and thinking about the impacts of your climate. Perfect. Image Credit – Pixabay CC0 License Overlook Maintenance It’s one thing to create an amazing garden space, but maintaining its health and look is another altogether. Investing in the right gardening tools and care rituals will make life a lot easier. Depending on your location, you may also consider the integration of covers, flood barriers, or irrigation systems. We all enjoy a little gardening. However, you do not want it to feel like you’re taking on a full-time job. After all, you need a chance to actually sit back and enjoy the outside spaces too. Miss Out On Eco-Friendly Steps If you are planning to change your garden for the better, embracing nature is a vital factor. Therefore, making eco-friendly upgrades should be high on the agenda. The obvious step is to start growing fruit and veg in a designated space. To take the progress to a whole new level, though, you should incorporate further steps. Harvesting solar energy, utilizing water, or using natural materials can all have a positive influence. When combined with habitual changes and simply spending more time in the yard, you will see greatness. Keep It Separate From The Property Finally, the garden brings a whole new dimension to the home. However, you will not get to experience the full benefits of this if it is completely separate from the property. Simple ideas like adding sliding doors can connect the backyard to internal living spaces. In turn, you will be left with a far more striking overall appearance and function. Whether you are using the backyard for growing produce, relaxing, or entertaining friends doesn’t matter. When it integrates with the home as a whole, you’ll never stop...
Treating Your Gardening Tools Like Your Best Friends

Treating Your Gardening Tools Like Your Best Friends

Where would a gardener be without her tools? Spending a lot more time in the dirt, that’s for sure. However, rare is the gardener that actually shows those tools the care and attention they deserve. This leads to breakages, repairs, and expensive replacements. Here, we’ll show you how you should be taking much better care of the friends helping you in the garden. Photo Credit – Pixabay License Clean them every time How often do you simply toss your tools into a box or into the shed after you’re done using them? If there’s still dirt, clippings, or grime on them, then it’s going to wear away at them, dulling the blades and increasing the chances of rust. If you want to keep your yard in mint condition for longer, all you have to do is keep some rags and steel wool around to wipe them clean with ease. You don’t need water in most cases and, indeed, it’s best not to use it if possible. Mind where you keep them Garden tools might seem hardy and reliable, but they can degrade, they can rust, and they can become a lot easier to break, which can even make them dangerous. Aside from keeping them in a shed, you should ensure that you have a sealed toolbox or a wall storage area where they can be hung. Then you need to make sure that area is dry and protected from the elements outside. Moisture is the big enemy here, so any signs of damp or mold are also a sign you need to better protect the area. Don’t forget your lawnmower It doesn’t take a lot to keep a lawnmower in good condition, but it doesn’t take a lot for something to gum up the works, either. Make sure that once the lawnmower is turned off after use that you’re wearing work gloves and clearing the blades of any clumps of grass or greenery stuck in them. If you find it’s not cutting well, then this guide on reel mower sharpening can ensure that you’re keeping the blades in good condition, as well. Don’t give up on a lawnmower simply because it’s not working as well as it should. It often doesn’t take long to find out why. A little oil can do a lot of good If you feel like a pair of shears or any other tools are starting to give a little more resistance when you use them, then keeping some lubricating oil nearby can be a great help. However, one oil you should make sure you’re stocked up on regularly is linseed oil. This is good for any tools with wooden handles, cleaning them and preserving them so that they don’t start rotting or degrading. Just be sure to wash the rag you wipe them with so they don’t prove a fire risk. Give your tools the care and attention that they and they’ll take care of you for years to come, too. At the very least, you won’t have to spend money on replacements quite as often as you might...
Preparing Your Garden For A New Season

Preparing Your Garden For A New Season

January is almost over and now is the perfect time to start looking forward to the spring and the new life we will experience this year. Our garden is dormant from November to February, but once the frost goes away and warmer weather starts to blow in, life will grow and bloom and provide us with the most stunning display.  ‘Peppermint’ But what can we do now to get our garden ready for the spring? To allow the garden to bloom and thrive in spring we will want to prepare now: and today we have some helpful tips for you.  Cut or prune trees  The first thing you will want to do during winter is cut down or prune your trees to make them tidier and less wild. You can call a Tree Service who will come and either give your trees a haircut or even chop down a large tree that is taking light away from the rest of the garden. It is important to do this during winter because your tree will be dormant and it won’t already have nests in there from birds. Once you do this your trees will look healthier, and the space where a tree once was has the potential to grow new life.  Consider buying bulbs  Now is the best time for you to go to your local garden centre and start gathering bulbs that you want to plant in your garden. Bulbs from tulips to daffodils and irises can be bought now and planted during February ready for bloom in the spring and summer. If you are looking to create a stunning display this summer in your garden full of colour with plants that will come back year after year, this is what you should be doing today.  Get rid of weeds  Weeds are a pest and somehow they manage to get all over our flower beds as well as between paving slabs on the driveway and more. Winter is a good time to kill these weeds and stop them coming back in the summer and there are some helpful ways to do this. One method for the driveway is to sprinkle salt all over where the weeds grow and this will kill them at the root allowing you to pull them out. In the flowerbeds you can simply pull out the weeds by the root and then consider adding some slate or stone to particularly affected parts of the garden.  Clean the greenhouse  If you have a greenhouse in the back garden it is the time now to clean it thoroughly and get it ready for the summer. A greenhouse is a brilliant feature to have in your garden and you will be able to plant lots of vegetables and fruits and exotics plants you might jot be able to in your climate. Take the time to disinfect the greenhouse, clean all of the windows, and open it up to allow it to air for a few hours. Once your greenhouse is clean and ready for plants you can even sow a few seeds now to get the process...
Setting Up An Indoor Garden: What You Really Need To Know

Setting Up An Indoor Garden: What You Really Need To Know

Are you a budding gardener? Maybe you loved helping out in the garden when you were young and you’d love to reignite your passions for all things home grown? Or maybe you’re just looking to live life a little greener in the new year, but you’re not sure how to go about it with your lifestyle? Well, make use of your home to grow an indoor garden!  After all, if you’ve only got a small space to use, such as an apartment, turning your hand to building an indoor garden is a good way to achieve your greenthumb dreams. Indoor gardening gives you a chance to hone your skills, and create a green space in your home that you’ll love spending time in.  Pexels Image – CC0 Licence Indoor Gardens Can Be Incredibly Cute Building an indoor garden doesn’t mean you have to create a huge space that’s filled with dirt and bugs and is ultimately somewhere you’re never going to want to go – not at all! An indoor garden can be a wondrous, cute little place, that’s filled with the plants you love, the colors you love, and all kinds of little ornaments and flower pots that really are a joy to look at. This is your home, after all, and you should love every part of it!  Indeed, if you’re a thrifty person, you can find some great little ornaments to decorate your new garden with at any thrift or charity store, and you can even make some yourself. Even just painting a standard, small plant pot to be another color or with a crazy pattern you like can really change your perception of your gardening space. Plus, the more fun it is to decorate the space, the more you’re going to want to grow plants, and that’s a very healthy habit to have.  Use That Window Sill! Even if you don’t have a garden, or much space within your home, you’re going to have at least two windows that come with a window sill. And seeing as most plants need light to grow and maintain themselves, why not make good use of this space?  Of course, the amount of sunlight a window gets during the day can vary, and the plant won’t be able to follow the light if there are four other walls in the way, so you’ve got to be careful about what kind of plants you put down to root here. However, if you like the idea of a small herb garden, or you like to grow leafy or evergreen plants, you won’t have a problem getting your little indoor garden to flourish!  Plus, you can use all kinds of containers here, from old mugs to actual plant pots, as well as proper window boxes or a repurposed, old watering can. Whatever you’ve got in the apartment, that’s no longer in use and can contain something, feel free to use it for your windowsill garden!  Growing Upwards is Key Now, if you’ve taken to growing an indoor garden of your own, there’s a good chance you don’t have much space to work with. And because of this, you need to take advantage of the space you do have, which tends to be vertical, rather than horizontal. Sure, a window box here and there is good, but if you’re seriously into gardening and want to spread your seeds a little more, you’re going to need to invest in standing planters and growing up the wall.  It doesn’t have to be hard to put a vertical garden together either; it’s entirely up to you what you want to grow, and you can make the planters yourself, dress them up the way you’d like them to look, and have an entire green, living wall in your apartment. It’s a very eco friendly and sustainable thing to do!  You’ll Have to Keep a Closer Eye, However Seeing as you’re growing an indoor garden, the plants themselves are going to need more help than they would when growing outdoors. There’s no irrigation system, for example, and that means you need to be on hand to water them properly at all times. So do some reading, make sure you know what plants you’re taking care of, and don’t be afraid to plant some low duty seeds to begin with.  There are not many people out there who have the ability to grow and maintain an entire garden, but that shouldn’t stop us! Make yourself an indoor...
Turning Your Garden Into a Winter Wonderland: 9 Top Tips for Garden Lovers

Turning Your Garden Into a Winter Wonderland: 9 Top Tips for Garden Lovers

Photo by Jill Wellington from Pexels The many lockdowns and social distancing measures we have all endured over the summer months have made it evident how important our gardens and outdoor areas are. This is a place to spend quality time with your loved ones, make ever-lasting memories, exercise in all safety, and get your much-needed dose of Vitamin D.  But, now the days are getting colder and colder, it is easy to feel trapped indoors and without an outdoor space to enjoy. However, your garden can still be an excellent environment for you to spend the Christmas holidays with your family and safely meet your friends. It just needs some adjustments – start with the ones below! Tidy Up Your Whole Outdoor Area First off, tidy up your outdoor area and clean your garden of leaves, brushes, branches, and debris. This step is important to make your outdoor area safe for your whole family – including little ones. Check your garden’s fences and borders, making sure that they are clean, neat, and safe.  If you have used wood and nails, make sure these are perfectly in shape, and there is no rust. If rusted, bent, or poking out, it is recommendable to get rid of them and replace them with new fixtures. This is crucial to ensure that the garden structures and fences are safe and will stand the winter’s harsh weather conditions.   Make Your Patio Cozy and Welcoming If you have a patio or outdoor covered area, you should make the most of it. If you don’t, this is the best year to invest in one! Indeed, we are likely to be spending more time than we had imagined indoors this year. So, creating a sheltered, comfortable area for you and your family to enjoy throughout the cold season is paramount.  You can turn your patio around by cleaning it, tidying it, and start adding thoughtful details. If you are using your patio as a storage area, you should reconsider its current design, implementing cabinets and cupboards that can give it a sleeker look. If your patio is too exposed to the elements, you might also consider enclosing it with insulating materials. Add Heating and Blankets If you want to enjoy more time outside of your home this winter, you will need to make sure that your garden or patio is warm enough. As we’ll see, installing a fire pit can add a touch of extra magic to the atmosphere and warm up the immediate surrounding.  But, if you wish to have a more practical solution, you should invest in outdoor heaters. Don’t forget to drape the chairs and armchairs with throws and blankets. Don’t forget to add extra pillows and cushions for an extra comfy evening.  Don’t Hold Back on Lighting During winter, days are famously short, and you can expect to be in the dark by 4 pm during certain months. So, fitting enough light fixtures to light up the whole area is a must. If you wish to make still the atmosphere comfortable and intimate, opting for fairy lights and brighter Edison bulbs are excellent options.  Indeed, the light they create is enough for you to enjoy dinner parties in your enclosed patio or a cup of hot chocolate outdoors in the evening. So you can enjoy a magical design with just a few simple additions.  Add Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture Adding furniture to your garden is something you cannot overlook, but using the right materials is crucial. Indeed, the furniture industry does impact the environment, and if you are only looking for chairs and tables for one season, it is recommendable to find pre-loved items.  Alternatively, you might decide to put your DIY skills to test and create your own pieces of furniture! Using elements such as pallets allow you to create bespoke pieces of furniture that will last through the winter. Once you have created the ideal furniture, just add pillows, blankets, and throws, to make it even more comfortable. Plant Winter-Friendly Seeds The winter season is not just the time of the year where you can forget about your garden. These are important months, especially if you wish to have a well-designed garden and cared for in spring.  There is an endless list of flowers, plants, vegetables, and grasses that are hardy enough to not only survive the winter but even thrive through it! If you are yet to decide on the winter plants for your garden, take a look at Boston Seeds and start designing your dream winter garden. Consider Installing a Small Conservatory If you wish to make the most out of your garden this winter, you might consider installing a small conservatory or orangery. Whether you wish to call it a garden room or sunroom, this is the best way to enjoy the winter sun. This extension allows you to keep practicing your gardening skills and get your plants to continue to grow before spring. While it seems like an unnecessary investment at first, a conservatory can be a beautiful addition to any living room or kitchen. Start planning for it now! Attract Wildlife You can attract small-size wildlife, such as robins and other birds, just by adding little houses or feeding stations. Depending on where your home is, you might not be able to see your garden filled with animals, but you will be able to help some birds, squirrels, or frogs occasionally. Consider Installing a Fire Pit Installing a fire pit is a dream for every gardener or camping lover. It allows you to always have a place where you can say goodbye to your TV and enjoy the crisp evening air. You can use the flames to toast marshmallows or grill vegetables for your upcoming family dinner.  And, with a cup of drinking hot chocolate or mulled wine in your hands, having a fire pit in your garden is an excellent way to get the whole family to come together and take time to tell stories...
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