One of my favorite things about our house (when we were in the process of purchasing it) was the fact that it already had a sweet little garden area in the backyard. It’s in the perfect spot, and it’s even surrounded by a little picket fence! I just KNOW this coming Spring I’ll finally get some veggies growing in there!
Actually, it’s not just us – many families want an outdoor area or a garden when they buy or rent a home. A decent-sized garden will make a property more expensive, but if you have children and pets, it’s a godsend. After all, as any parent knows, keeping children and exuberant dogs entertained in a flat is pretty much impossible. With a nice garden, you can let the kids and animals play outside all day long when the weather is nice. They can kick a ball around, dig holes, and boost their Vitamin D levels. Pets also benefit from having an outdoor toilet!
Safety is an important consideration when looking for a home with a garden. A large outdoor space is not enough if you can’t let your kids and pets play outdoors without close supervision. This is always the case unless you live in a remote area. But even then, you might not want younger children and dogs roaming freely in case they get into trouble. There are always dangers present, so it is wise to take protective measures if you want your family to stay safe.
Use the following strategies to keep your kids and pets safe in the garden.
Protect the Boundary
Not all gardens have a fence or wall, and even if they do, this might not be enough to keep pets and kids in – and intruders out. If your perimeter is low or non-existent, it is time to erect a new one. A wall made from bricks, blocks, or stone is the most permanent, but it is also the most expensive way to mark your boundaries. Older properties are very likely to have walls around the garden, but newer properties tend to have fences instead.
Do you have an outdoor space or a garden at your home that you really love? We sure do! And for the most part, our outdoor space is pretty private, considering that we live on over an acre with just a couple neighbors who are a good stone’s throw away. Nevertheless, there are a few areas in our yard where a bit more privacy would be nice!
Having a wide and open outdoor space within your property sounds ideal, but not if your neighbours can track your every move, or pedestrians and motorists have a snap shot of your life as they go by. Having a little privacy goes a long way, and here you’ll find a few hints and tip of how you can make your back yard more private without spoiling your outdoor space.
Getting privacy doesn’t always mean having to erect an overbearing fence around the edges of your property. Did you know that you can get the same effect with a little help from nature? Planting a row of trees within your garden or outdoor area adds privacy easily and are ideal if you’re hoping ot maintain a more natural garden look. Cypress Trees are a great place to start – you can get up to 40% off Cypress Trees at The Tree Center – as are ornamental fruit trees such as Black cherry plum, crab apple trees, silver birches and evergreen Magnolias.
Our current house has a lovely little plot nicely picket-fenced-in and ready for gardening! While I haven’t gotten the chance to plant in it yet, I have lots of ideas for it!
Of course, our entire fenced-in property is almost an acre, with more land outside of the fence, so if I wanted to turn more than just the small patch into a garden, I really could! The possibilities are endless, but I know I want to design the space to best if our family.
After all, as with everything the design of your garden should evoke both personality and practicality. Whether you have a small inner city outdoor area or a large suburban backyard, a unique garden design will add warmth, value, and enjoyment to your home. So, where do you start with revitalising your outdoor spaces?
When deciding what to do with the space you have, keep your design practical. If you have small children like me then you probably don’t want to clutter the only space there is for a lawn – they have to be able to play somewhere! Many contemporary designs aim for a minimalist feel that accentuates a sense of space. This can be particularly effective for people living in the inner city with very limited garden space, however sweeping lawns and minimalist design elements can look good in larger spaces as well.
Little by little we are making our current house OURS. It was a lot easier to do projects around the home when we had no kiddos – some days I feel like we won’t ever get ANYTHING done ever again! Of course, hugs from chubby little arms and lots of sticky kisses make up for all that, and in the end, I know we’ll reach the end of our to-do list..eventually!
One thing I’ve been focusing in on recently is our back yard. I’ve been prepping my garden area for planting, a shady area for the girls’ swings, slide and sandbox, and thinking about adding a shed to hold some of the garage overflow.
When purchasing a garden shed there are more things to be taken into consideration than you may think. They are a big feature of your garden, so it’s essential that you make the right choice for you. One of the key points for consideration is the material that you select to use for your garden sheds – but you may not know enough about this to make an informed decision. The most-used materials are listed below, as well as pros and cons for each of those materials. I know I love to entertain in my back garden, and I want to make sure that my guests have a great looking shed to view!
One of the things I love about our new house is an already-picket-fenced-in area the previous owner used as a garden! I haven’t planted anything in it yet, but I plan on getting some good use out of it come Spring. However, in order for it to be ready for me come Spring, there’s a bit of preparation that needs to be done, am I right?
Right now, with winter coming hot – or cold – on the heels of Fall, it’s the time of year we all enjoy getting cozy inside and snuggling up by the fire. For those with green fingers, it’s time to reflect on the summer’s bounties and think about preparing your garden for the coming chill. Preparation is the key to having an easy maintenance garden over winter, and helps it to burst back into life in next spring as well.
Pulling up and bedding down
Start with your plants, digging up any annuals and adding them to the compost heap. Make sure that any bulbs are settled in ready for spring, pull out weeds, and cut back your perennials. Digging over the beds helps to aerate the soil and mix it up, and spreading a thick layer of compost or bark chips on top helps to replenish the nutrients and organic content. If you want some winter color, try adding wallflowers and pansies or some heather and cyclamen, which do equally well in easy to manage pots and hanging baskets.