Whether you’re looking to sell your house and want to bump up your asking price, or you’ve just moved in and want to spruce up a neglected yard, your back garden is an extension of your living space, and certainly shouldn’t be neglected. While it’s easy enough to do regular weeding, and mow the lawn when it gets out of hand, a truly beautiful back yard takes a little more work. Here are a few garden improvements to consider.
Pots, Raised beds and Containers
Pots, beds and containers will make your garden look a lot tidier, and may add a little bit of value onto your home as a whole. They’re also great for decorating your deck, patio or balcony. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, then you may be a little lost as to what you should look for. As a general rule, the bigger the container is, the better. Large containers will give your plants more stability, water, and root space, ensuring they stay as healthy as possible. If you have any worn out, drab-looking pots, then you can refresh these with a coat of paint, and transform them into eye-catching focal points. You can even go a little bohemian with an interesting DIY plant pot, such as an old oil jar.
Pergolas, Greenhouses and Other Structures
Garden structures can provide shelter from the wind, rain and sun, and make a huge difference to buyers who are particularly passionate about gardening. A pergola with some climbing plants growing up it can look beautiful if it’s maintained properly, and will provide some nice, light shelter from the sun. They’re pretty useless against the rain though! Permanent gazebos and summer houses are always a good investment. However, if you wanted something a little more practical, you may want to consider a greenhouse instead. There are many different garden structures to choose from, so start looking for one that will mesh well with the overall mien you’re going for.
Paving and Decks
A high-quality outdoor floor, whether in the form of decking or a stone patio, could make a fantastic addition to your garden, both in terms of value and style. For the best results, try to find an outdoor flooring that’s somewhat similar to the décor you have inside. If you’re lucky enough to have a walled garden, then choosing a patio in the same sort of style as the surrounding walls can have an exceedingly potent and appealing effect. If your garden improvements are going to be mainly for yourself, then it’s important to consider the practical side of the flooring material you choose. Some smoother, precast masonry will become slippery when wet. If you’ve got kids who are going to be running around out there whatever the weather, then I recommend a rougher material, like brick, which will give a much better foothold. In gardens with a lot of uneven ground, this is going to make installation a little difficult. If you have this problem, gravel can be a decent substitute.