It is really easy to find yourself focusing on the interior design of your home and neglecting your outdoor space. Your yard can quickly become overgrown and not fit for purpose. Luckily, revamping your garden is pretty easy. There are a number of methods that you can adopt to overhaul your garden, admittedly, they do range in skill level and cost, but you should be able to find some that will work for you. Let’s get into it.
The Clean Up
The first step to revamping your yard is to make sure that it is clean and tidy. This then ensures that you have a great starting point. Oftentimes, cleaning your yard can give it a new lease of life anyway. Start by cutting the grass, getting rid of weeds, and deadheading any plants that you may have. After you have done that, you should tackle the patio or decking, approach this carefully; using the wrong tools or products can damage the materials, which can be costly to fix. Finally, you might also want to give your outdoor furniture a clean too; for the most part, it should be pretty hardy because it is built to withstand all weathers, but it might be mossy, rusty, or dirty, which can spoil the look that you are going for. Depending on the size of the job, it might make sense to consult and hire a professional landscaper like R&L Irrigation, who works out of Delaware.
If you have a good size garden, then you might want to think about erecting an outbuilding of some descript. This can help to increase the square footage of your living space, which in turn can increase the value of the property. For example, you could choose to build a cabin in your yard that acts as a second living room, home office, gym or space for entertaining. If you are really into gardening, then you could choose to build a greenhouse, or if you want more storage space, then a shed would work too. Obviously, they will range in price, which can make it a little more difficult for those on a budget, but they are incredibly effective in helping to transform the space.
The whole point of revamping your garden is to spruce it up, and you don’t necessarily need a lot of money to do this. One of the easiest ways to spruce up your outdoor living space is to give it a fresh coat of paint. You could repaint the fencing, decking or any outbuildings you might have. The choice of paint matters, you will need weatherproof paint, but apart from that, the only limit is your imagination. You could opt for traditional wood stain colors; you could go for something a little quirkier or even choose to create a pattern or mural. The options are endless. It makes sense for you to try and capture the design aesthetic already dominating the interior of your home; otherwise, it could create too much of a juxtaposition which could be jarring from a design standpoint.
Picking the Right Plants
The plants that you choose obviously directly affect the look of your garden. Some plants do create more visual interest than others, so if you want to revamp your garden, it might be worth considering the plants. You will need to think about how much time you have to dedicate to cultivating the plants, maintaining them as well as your gardening skills. Choosing plants that you won’t be able to keep alive is a waste of time and money. You might also want to think about your approach to gardening in general. Some people choose a ‘wild’ approach to gardening, which takes far less maintenance and is often better for the environment.
Obviously, the enjoyment of your garden hinges on the weather and the lighting; as winter sets in, more and more people begin to spend their time indoors. Luckily there are a few things that you can do to weatherproof your garden and make it a more multifunctional space all year round. This tends to start with lighting. Lighting your garden properly can dramatically increase your potential usage of the space, and there are several options to choose to explore. The next thing to think about is the weather, outbuildings were mentioned above, and they can help to give you options; however, if you don’t want to erect a structure, then you could opt for an awning or gazebo to provide some shelter. Finally, outdoor heaters or a firepit can provide some warmth too. In addition to weatherproofing, they can become features in their own right too.
Don’t Be Afraid to Decorate
Decorating isn’t simply for the interior of your home; your yard can provide you with more opportunities to express yourself stylistically. Pretty much all of the design elements and decorations that people use inside their homes can be made to work for their yards too. For example, hanging mirrors in your garden can help to make the space feel bigger, although obviously, you will need to think about where you are hanging them because they will reflect the sun’s rays which can be dangerous. You could also think about outdoor soft furnishings and trinkets or knickknacks too.
Landscaping encompasses a lot of different elements and ideas, but one of the most important is the idea of creating zones and boundaries. The different elements within your yard need to be assigned to their own areas, in doing so, it can help to transform the way that your garden looks. Think about the purpose that you want your garden to serve, do you need space to entertain, space for the kids, flowerbeds, or an area to grow produce? Divvying up the space can also make it easier to keep track of the potentially differing maintenance needs too.
Revamping your yard doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive or challenging, most of the tips above can be carried out on a budget, or there are other methods that you can employ to save money, like upcycling or thrifting. Your yard can provide you with a great opportunity to express your personality. Think about what you want to get out of your garden and design with that in mind.