Your outside area may not be high on your list when it comes to home improvements, but it’s a lot cheaper to landscape a garden than it is to fit a new kitchen or bathroom. With a bit of hard work, you can easily transform a garden over a weekend, turning it from a desolate patch of weed infested turf into an attractive space that’s an asset to your property. And if you are planning to sell up in a few months, this is a smart move. So, what are your options?
Fake grass has become increasingly popular in recent years. Modern artificial grass looks a thousand times better than the bright green plastic grass of thirty years ago. These days, you would be hard pressed to spot the difference between an artificial lawn and a real one.
Artificial turf is easy to maintain and relatively inexpensive to install. Good quality fake grass will last for up to 15 years, so you can enjoy a nice long reprieve from cutting the lawn.
Paving stones from Infinite come in all shapes and sizes, from Indian sandstone to limestone and slate. Paving is an attractive way to hard landscape a garden. It is low maintenance and perfect for outdoor seating areas. You can lay a patio in a couple of days. It’s not a difficult project and any competent DIY enthusiast is capable of laying paving stones.
Gravel and Pebbles
Gravel and pebbles are great for awkward areas, especially around a patio or decking area. You can also use pebbles and gravel to create a patio, but it’s important to lay weed protection membrane first. Use gravel, pebbles, stone chips and cobbles around plants and shrubs. They come in different colours and textures, so are useful for marking out different sections of a garden.
Timber decking is another DIY project worth trying. Pick up sections of timber decking from all good DIY stores, or make your own using treated timber lengths. Timber decking combined with paving, gravel and artificial turf is the ultimate low maintenance garden. Add containers and tubs filled with plants and flowers, and you will create a beautiful garden for entertaining and personal enjoyment.
Lighting is often overlooked in the garden, but if used sympathetically, it can make a real difference. Solar lights are cheap and easy to use, as they don’t require hard wiring. Use solar lights to highlight garden features or illuminate pathways. Coloured solar-powered fairy lights look very pretty at night.
Ponds and Water Features
Ponds and water features are an exciting addition to an otherwise plain garden. You need to be careful if you have young children, but ponds do look amazing and are very relaxing when positioned near seating areas. Constructing a pond is an easy weekend DIY project, especially if you invest in a plastic moulded pond liner.
Consider how much space you have and whether you have children and pets, and then create a design that enhances the property.