Getting the most out of your garden can be tricky. For want of any better use, people tend to associate their garden as an area for children to play in. Or even maybe an inconvenience or another chore to add to the never-ending to do list. It might even be seen as a place to socialize with friends and family while enjoying a BBQ and a few drinks, if you like the idea of using your garden for something else. What some people don’t realize is how you could utilize this space more. Turning your garden into so much more than just a green outdoor space. A garden can actually be an extension of your home. But not many people use it that way. So, I thought it would be a good idea to share with some ideas of how you can make the most out of your garden this year.
Have specific zones.
Your garden will most likely remain a space for a few purposes. However big or small, I guarantee you won’t be making the most of what you have. By dividing your garden into zone areas, you can make it a much more usable space. If dining al fresco is your thing, then create a dining zone. This could be a decked-out area where your table and chairs could sit. You may even want to place the BBQ nearby. You may want to think about shelter, or have optimal space to include a parasol for shade or keeping you dry. Another zone could be a relaxing area. This could be a patio or another decked area where comfier chairs would sit. Maybe even an outside burner for the cooler evenings. If you are a family with children, then perhaps an area with some things for the kids. This way it doesn’t take over your whole space. You could have specific adult zones to help you relax when the children have gone to bed.
Design it just as you would your home.
As stated earlier, your garden is an extension of your home. So offer it the same courtesy when it comes to the design and use of space. Think about color schemes for flowers. A neat lawn area and not overgrown. It’s also an idea to keep your garden tidy just as you would your home. Steam cleaning the patios and walls to keep the outside space looking clean.
Create some fun elements to your home
You could also consider how you can use your garden for other things other than socializing or eating or cooking. A garden can be used for some fun activities as well. One trend that is growing in popularity is using the garden as a place to relax, and an inflatable hot tub could be the ideal flexible option. Enabling you to have some fun when the weather permits, but also pop it away during the winter months. It can be a great way to relax and unwind after a tough day, and it is even proven to help reduce stress and anxiety. You could also add a separate zone just for children. We might have already covered a zone just for kids, but you could add some adventure climbing frame or even a treehouse if you are feeling creative. There are some excellent examples of this online.
Create a whole new room in the garden.
If you have a space big enough, but don’t want to consider an expensive extension then you might want to think about putting your garden to good use. This is when you could consider building something purpose built towards the back of the garden or an area appropriate. It could be a home office or a place where the kids can play. Some people are even considering things like a shed that you can use for things other than storing items. Getting electric hook ups and having a place to relax and unwind or even read a book. The options really are endless.
Create a cover over any dining areas
One of the main problems people have when using their garden is the weather. While you can’t predict what might happen, you still might want to use the outdoor dining areas, the BBQ or the outside kitchen if you have one. A great way to make sure that you can use the garden all year is to add areas that have a cover. It might be something lightweight, or something more sturdy and fixed. It can all depend on how much budget you have or time to put towards it.
Think about ways you could use your space all year round.
Finally, think about how else you could use the garden all year round. This might mean thinking about a heating element enabling you to use your outdoor space when the winter months set in. Something like a fire pit or built in fireplace could be a great addition and could add real value to your home. This really makes the patio or dining area that has this facility a useable space throughout the year, and while it is cold outside, the fire can keep you toasty warm. Or another more permanent fixture could be to add artificial grass to create an area that can be walked on all year without getting muddy. This again helps you to use the garden throughout the year, and even lets you allow your children to play outside on dry days. Which can be great for their well-being as well as your own.
Being outside is a great way to relax and unwind at the end of the day. But it can also be a great way to start your day. So investing your time and some money into your outdoor space can help you to get many benefits as well as some of the obvious ones we have stated above. I hope that some of these suggestions inspire you to use your garden a little more next year.