When it comes to garden spaces, bigger is by no means better. If you’ve got a balcony, patio or small garden, you can create a beautiful outdoor space that you love with a little bit of planning and inspiration. Whilst we can’t design your garden for you, we can give you some great ideas to help get your imagination going and how to make the most out of the space you’ve got.
Month: May 2018
Whilst the traditional way to store garden equipment is in a shed, not every garden has space, practicality or capacity for a small wooden building. There are a lot of practical alternatives that will keep your garden clutter free and tidy. Here are 4 ideas for storage solutions to keep your outdoor zone organised.
Hang It UpA small area of your garden wall is a great place to attach a tool storage system. By using a pegboard, you can screw the board to the wall and add an assortment of trays and hooks to store your tools. Place the board at a height you can comfortably reach, but allow enough room underneath so that you can hang larger tools. If you need more storage space, place some more boards side by side. When you’re short on space, it makes sense to use up what you can to maximise your storage options. Alternatively, you could add it to the back of a door, but be careful that the things that are being stored don’t fall out when the door is opened.
Bench StorageIf you’re a craftsperson, then why not handcraft a bench? This way, you can easily incorporate storage whilst you do so. If your garden is an awkward shape or size, then building your own storage bench is the perfect solution. Design your bench so that the top part lifts off and allows easy access to the storage space below. To add a more stylish touch, add some brightly coloured or patterned cushions or blankets on top of the lid so that it is a truly comfortable seating area.
Layer Your DeckingYou can easily add storage to your decking, it’s just about preparation and planning. If you already have decking or are planning on adding decking to your space, then incorporate storage into your plans. Make sure that the interior is waterproof, and the ground underneath is prepared with a solid gravel or concrete surface. For easy access to the items you’re storing, consider putting them in plastic storage bins and ensure that the hinges on the doors are galvanised to prevent rust forming.
Use Tubs For ToysHaving a small garden when you have children can be more of an inconvenience than a luxury. Whilst it’s lovely when children spend hours playing in the garden, children tend to have a habit of leaving their toys everywhere, which can seem a lot worse in smaller gardens. Make tidying up easy by using buckets with fun and easy to read labels on. For a more streamlined storage space, use an old wooden shelving unit so that the buckets have somewhere to be stored. If your shelving unit has a solid top shelf, this will also act as the protection to prevent rain from getting into the buckets.
If you live in the city and are lucky enough to enjoy the privilege of a balcony, then you are sure to want to make it a relaxing place that you can enjoy all year round. A balcony offers a place to escape from busy city life, as well as entertain friends and family. So, if your balcony is on the boring side and you want to give it a new lease of life, here are some ways you can update it into a terrific terrace.
Add Plants and FlowersPlants and flowers provide a sense of energy and life. They are inexpensive to buy and will transform your balcony space. As well as flower and plant choices, there are also numerous accessories, such as pots, planters and stands that you can choose from that will add to the style of your space. If you live in a particularly polluted area, then plants and flowers will act as a natural filter, protecting you from pollution and toxins.
Add a Rug Or Floor CushionsOne of the easiest and cheapest ways to update your balcony is to add a rug and some stylish floor/seating cushions. This is particularly effective if your floor is concrete or is stained in any way and will provide an instant refresh. There are so many different types of outdoor rugs available, and if your balcony gets its fair share of rain, then there are plenty of waterproof options available, too. Adding in some comfy floor or seating cushions provide a comfy place for visiting family and friends to sit, and helps to evoke a feeling of relaxation and hospitality.
Choose Brightly Coloured FurnitureThe colour palette that you choose for your balcony will have a big effect on its overall appearance and style, and help to evoke charisma and character on a dull balcony. However, knowing which colours to choose, and how to add in some interesting tones, can be tricky. There aren’t any specific rules to follow, but you should choose colours that suit your personality and work well within the space and with any additional furniture that you have. If you want to avoid spending money on new furniture, then think on a smaller scale – you can upscale some pallets with paint to create a unique table or planter!
Clear Away The ClutterClutter is one of the biggest problems that can contribute to an outdoor space looking bland and unappealing. A simple de-clutter of your balcony might not seem that exciting, but it can work wonders for a small space and improve the aesthetic and ambience of your balcony. If you have a compact balcony or terrace, then this is even more important. Clutter can drastically alter the vibe of an outdoor space, especially if it’s small. Stick with a simple seating arrangement and add in a few potted plants for a small outdoor space which you can relax in.
When it comes to the garden space many of us share the space with a canine companion. Whether you call your friend Fido, Spot or something a little more unique, it is important that your garden works for both of you. In one instance it needs to be a great place to entertain, while in the other it needs to be a safe zone for both playing and relaxing for your dog. Good garden design can ensure that it is both. So, what can you do in order to ensure that your garden is as dog-friendly as possible for your four-legged friend?
Add StimulationGood entertainment for a dog is a vital component in any garden. Appropriate stimulation can also prevent them from doing things that you consider bad behaviour, such as digging up your flower bed. Toys, a water supply, doggy puzzles and even their own little den can be a great way to ensure they get the most of out of your garden space. Of course, you should also ensure you take them on at least one walk a day in order to maintain a healthy level of mental stimulation. You can only make your garden engaging enough to pass some of the day, not all of it.
FencesA fence can be a necessary barrier for your furry friend, to either keep them in or out of certain areas of your garden. If you want a seating area away from the rambunctious play of your pet, a vegetable patch you would rather not have dug up or whatever else, a fence does the trick (unless your pooch happens to be an Olympic vaulter). There are a great number of options to suit whatever your needs are. The good thing about a fence is the fact that they can be a great anchor for growing climbing plants. In fact, if you want you could cover up the fence completely and make it seem almost ‘invisible’ if you grow enough greenery.
Avoid Toxic PlantlifeThe last thing you want is for your dog to become ill as a result of a toxic plant in your garden. As such, researching ahead of time in regards to what plants are toxic to your pet before introducing them into the garden is vital. Some examples of this type of plant include the azalea, daffodil, tulip, foxglove, tomato, hydrangea, and even the amaryllis. Keep these either out of the garden completely or ensure that your dog cannot reach them (either by fencing them off or keeping them closed off in a greenhouse).
Secure Your ShedDogs like to explore, it’s a well-known fact, and they are not put off by the danger that their exploration can present. This means that if you have sharp, dangerous, tools or heavy things that can fall on them located in your shed, they will not be put off by this and most likely hurt themselves. This is why a lockable, inaccessible, shed is vital for any garden with a dog. Both to ensure they cannot get inside of it and that you can safely store anything that might be hazardous to their health.
But, Keep Your StyleHaving a pooch use your garden doesn’t mean that you cannot still maintain a good style in the space, however. Especially as your outdoor furniture can add a level of style, whilst still helping to maintain that all-important dog-friendly aspect.
Are you considering moving homes in the near future? But you worry that you will not or cannot take your hard-grown plants with you? In the modern world, it is becoming more and more common to also ensure you are moving plants when you move homes. People put lots of time, effort and dedication into these garden spaces and so are loathe to leave them behind when it is time to move on. So, with this in mind, here is the best way to start moving plants when you decide to relocate or sell your home:
Decide What to TakeIt is likely that you do not want to take every plant with you in your garden when you move, but those that are important to you or are particular expensive/hard to come by/difficult to grow. Sentimentality plays a major role in why we want to move our gardens with us when we leave. So, choose the plants you can’t part with and mark them out for yourself. If possible, leave a few plants or foliage in place for the new owners. Also, it is important to ensure that the garden you are moving to can cater to your current plants and foliage. Investigating the soil type of your new property, before moving can help you decide which plants, if any, are suitable to move with you.
Plan AheadMoving can be a stressful period and takes a lot of organisation, planning and manpower to achieve for a standard home. So, including the garden in a move as well can be a difficult enterprise. This is why planning as far ahead as possible is necessary when it comes to moving plants from one garden to another. A couple of months before moving, you should:
- Prune or otherwise restrict the growth of the plants you wish to move.
- Take cuttings from your favourite plants (in case of accidents or otherwise during the move).
- Re-pot plants or move those flowers that are in plant beds into pots in preparation for the move.
- Inform your removal company beforehand that you are moving plants, so that they can accommodate plants (as they can take up quite a bit of space in a moving van).