For most people, the garden is one of the most important areas of the home. I loved spending time in the greenhouse and the choice of putting decking up was purely to act as an entertaining space for the children and friends. However, it is also an area of the home which needs the most work and since Dorothy was born I’ve spent less and less time in there. There’s a lot of hacking to do and as you can see from the main image, chain sawing of trees too! So I’ve put together a couple of basic steps you can take to do.
Wild Borders! Not.
I was a massive fan of wild border but Mrs P wasn’t. Take a look at the boundaries around the different areas – are you happy with them? If not, what might you do to improve upon them? You want to make sure that they do some kind of justice to the interiors, otherwise they are not really doing their job. A boundary can be made of just about anything, so this is a great opportunity for you to get creative.
If you don’t already have a shed in your garden, then this could be the single quickest way to make improvements. Having a shed is both hugely useful and likely to improve the look of the garden too. Even if you already have one, there is probably a good chance that it could do with being repaired or replaced. If you are unsure about how to build a shed, then you should research it first. However, you will find that it is deceptively easy to do, and probably will not even take you that long. With hammers and nails, take a look at using glue guns and glue sticks to add the finishing touches to turn it from cut wood, to wood dreams.
Colours, Colours, Colours!
It is a good idea to have a design in mind when it comes to improving your garden. However, this is easier said than done. And many people will not have the faintest clue how to start designing a garden. The truth is, there is not too much to it. First of all, make sure that you get hold of some shapely architectural plants. These have a way of really shaping out the entire garden by themselves. Beyond that, you want to try and go for a good amount of variety in your garden. However, too much and it might seem that the focus is a little too diffuse. There is a fine line to be drawn here, and you can only find it through experimentation.
These may seem like easy tips but it’s amazing how quickly you can forget what you’re trying to achieve when you’re half way through chopping down a forest. Plan first and dig second!