If your garden is looking a bit tired and could do with a new lease of life, now is a good time to plan ahead. Get it ready for the Spring and the arrival of warmer weather and lighter evenings.  Having a great outdoor space that your family can benefit from and enjoy is good for their mental health and general well-being.  Young children love getting involved in the garden, so let them help out.

Read on to find out 5 ways to transform your garden into a space you will love.

1. Build a Summer House

Summer houses can be used in lots of different ways, to suit you and your family’s needs. If you want to add an extra room to your house without extending your main building, then you should definitely consider a Summer house. Perhaps it will be a kid’s playroom or a guest sleeping space, a home office or even a dining area for chillier nights or if the weather turns sour.

You get to decide and you can design it they way you want to. You can add paint to the walls, carpets, rugs and beautiful pieces of furniture.  Whatever the size of your garden, you should be able to find a summer house that will fit in it.  If you already have a shed in your garden that’s just holding junk, consider adapting it but if it’s seen better days, skip it and buy a proper summerhouse instead. 

2. Create an Outdoor Living Area

Outdoor living spaces are great for entertaining or just for providing a practical area and giving your home a bit more space that your family can use.  You should invest in some good quality outdoor furniture, such as a dining table and chairs, plus loungers or hammocks, so that you can sit and eat or lounge and read outside.

Photo: GardenWizard365

3. Add Decking or a Patio

A patio or decking is a must if you don’t want to get your feet wet (or muddy!).  Ideally it will be situated adjacent to the house so you can just step outside onto it.  This area is great for sitting and relaxing or sunbathing in.

4. Tidy up Your Borders

If your garden borders have turned into a mess, then it’s time to get your gardening gloves on and start tidying them up. By creating clearly defined flowerbeds and weeding these often, you will be able to create a low maintenance space where you can transform your garden into a natural beauty space. If you haven’t got any borders, you could put some in. However, if you don’t fancy digging the ground up and creating a border, because perhaps you’re in a rental, then think about using large plant troughs as borders instead

Photo: David Griffiths

5. Add a Vegetable Garden

However, your garden should also be practical, and the best way to combine beauty and usefulness is to add a vegetable patch onto your garden. A vegetable patch can can combine beauty (by way of flowers on the fruit & veg) as well as help you to grow fresh food for your family, which helps you save on your shopping, is kinder to the planet and helps teach your kids about nature and food. 

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