9 Garden Ideas to Make Your Outdoor Space Look Beautiful


Now that summer is almost upon us you may have cast your eye toward your garden. The chances are it has become a little unloved over the winter months, especially if it has been cold. However, now is a great time to update your outside space and make it look fabulous for the summer. Here are nine tips to make your garden look beautiful.

Tidy Up

The chances are you have not needed to worry about the weeding during the winter. You may have got outside to rake the leaves but not necessarily done this often. During the spring there might be some general tidying up to do outside. It is amazing how much more beautiful a quick tidy-up can make your garden look. It will make it look bigger too. All you need is a nice afternoon and to put in a couple of hours of work and you will certainly notice a difference, as well as getting some vitamin D and exercise.

Plant New Flowers

If you want your garden to offer an array of colors in the summer months, you need to get planting as soon as the frost has gone. Spend some time thinking about what plants and flowers would look nice in your garden and then get planting. It might be time-consuming work but when you are enjoying a beer on your patio in the summer months you will be glad you went to the effort.

Lawn

Grass doesn’t grow too much in the winter so you will probably get away with not having to do too much to your lawn. However, it makes up for it during the summer months and you will need to mow the lawn at least once per week if you want to keep the grass short. A neat lawn will make your garden look beautiful, but it can also change the appearance of your garden for the worse if the grass isn’t cut regularly during the summer.

Fencing

Don’t go to all the effort of tidying up and planting new flowers only to get let down by your fencing. Weather damage can cause the paint on your fencing to flake or become discolored,so it is best to give it a fresh coat of paint every few years to keep it looking as good as new. You can create some lovely borders using fencing that separates the different parts of your garden and makes the overall landscape look clean and tidy. For example, a visible division between the path and the lawn or around the vegetable patch will section off the parts of your garden and give it more definition.

Water Features

If you haven’t already got one, a water feature can look wonderful in the garden. There are lots of options to choose from and you can keep it quite simple by adding a small fountain or raised pond. This looks lovely in a small garden, and it will still give you the calm feeling that comes with being close to the flow of water.

If you are looking for something more elaborate, then you could consider digging a pond. This is not too difficult to do yourself or you could get the experts in to help you. If you enjoy looking at nature, then you could add some fish and some plants to the area. However, you should consider putting netting over your pond if you have small children or pets.

Hot Tub

If you don’t have the space in your garden for a swimming pool, then a hot tub is a great alternative. They are becoming more popular for gardens everywhere and they are the perfect way to relax, unwind and enjoy the surroundings after a tough week at work. They are a great place to chill out with a glass of wine or a beer and you can enjoy the cooling effect they have on a hot summer’s day. They are perfect for any climate and will increase the enjoyability of your garden immensely.

Terrace

It makes sense to have a terraced area in your garden, especially if you want to use your outdoor space to entertain guests during the summer months. Cast a critical eye over your terrace and see what you will need to do to make it look beautiful. If you are lucky, it may just need to be swept. However, replacing paving slabs can totally transform the area and make it look beautiful. This is a heavy job so it might be best to leave this one to the professionals. If you aren’t sure who to turn to, consider R&L Irrigation Serviceswho have been in business for over 15 years. They specialize in hardscapes such as terraces as well as lawns and outside lighting.

If you are going to the trouble of hiring professionals, why not add a couple of new features to your terrace such as a fire pit or a built-in barbeque?That way you can cook for your guests in the summer without having to leave the party.

Outdoor Furniture

No terrace is complete without outdoor furniture. Take a look at the furniture you already have. Hopefully, it will still be in good shape from last year and you will just need to give it a bit of a clean to get rid of dust or insects, and then you can reuse it this year.

It may be that it will look delightful with a lick of paint. This is especially the case with wooden furniture that may be feeling the effects of a hard winter. However, you can also repaint some metals to make them look as good as new.

If all else has failed it might be time to go shopping. New outdoor furniture can transform the image of your garden. For example, you could opt for a rustic theme with wooden or rattan furniture or go for the ultra-modern effect with glass and chrome. Get some tubs and flowerpots that go with this theme, and you have created a whole new style without much effort.

Outdoor Lighting

You can have a lot of fun with outdoor lighting. If you want to create a romantic feel in your garden, then use fairy lights or lanterns to make your space sparkle. Spotlights can be great for security but be careful where you place them, or you might find that you are blinded if you sit on your favorite chair in the garden.

If you have a large terrace area, then uplights can work very well. Place these strategically so that you don’t trip over if you have a few people standing in your garden. Another great option is to use glowing heat rather than light. That way you will be warm and well-lit if the temperature drops as the night draws on.

Making your garden look beautiful does not have to be an arduous task. Once you get started, it can start to look beautiful quickly. If you love spending time in this space and enjoying the tranquility or entertaining guests, you will enjoy taking your DIY al-fresco so that you can enjoy the delights of nature and the fruits of your labor.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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