Your garden is important. While it may not be where you sleep or where you (usually) cook, it is the one place in your home that provides a piece of the outdoors. It is essential, then, that you do not neglect the plants or let the outside furniture collect dust. If you are ready to enjoy the fresh air and create a beautiful outdoor space, here is how to make the most out of your garden.
Attract More Wildlife
You might have a loving dog or a cute cat inside your home, but there is something special about seeing natural wildlife in your own home. To encourage this, you should put up a birdhouse, plant bug-friendly plants, and even install a pond for animals that love water. It will mean that every time you go outside, you are sure to see a cute or interesting creature enjoying your own little nook of nature.
Install Sliding Doors
One of the best ways to let light into your home while providing easier access to your garden is by installing glass sliding doors. That way, you will be more likely to step outside and breathe in the morning air with your cup of tea. Also, by using autoslide, you can even have an automatic sliding door, which will entice you to the outside even more.
Spruce Up the Seating Area
Is your outdoor furniture rusty, outdated, or a little worse for wear? Instead of sitting on an uncomfortable bench every time you want to enjoy your garden, invest in some great furniture and outdoor décor to spruce up your seating area. Twinkly lights are always pretty when dusk rolls around!
Grow Your Own Herbs and Vegetables
One of the best uses of a garden is growing herbs and vegetables. After all, if you have space, why not? Not only will you get delicious fresh food to serve with dinner, but you will also get the intense satisfaction of growing your own produce. Plus, it provides benefits for the environment.
Invest in a Fire Pit
Do you avoid your garden in the winter? That’s a whole three months of no use! Instead of shutting your back door for good from November through to January, invest in a fire pit to keep yourself warm while sitting outside. Not only will it give you a great place to stay warm and relax in the evenings, but it will also be perfect for outdoor parties.
Lights, Lights, Lights
Artificial lights are not just reserved for the inside. While you probably should not put on a grand show of bright lights (unless you have no neighbors), some pretty, dim lights dotted around the place can look really pretty. Plus, it will entice you into the garden during the night time, when you can spot different kinds of wildlife.
Decorate for the Seasons
Do you go all out with Christmas decorations in December? Maybe you love making the front of your house super scary during the spooky season? Don’t leave your back garden out. There are plenty of great ways to decorate your home for the holiday seasons, so get creative and bring the tinsel outside.
Host Garden Parties
Do you usually stick to the inside of your home during get-togethers? If so, try changing it up a little by throwing a garden party. It is the perfect way to show off all your hard work while making sure you are making the most out of your outdoor space.
Some tips for hosting a spectacular garden party include –
Have a BBQ
Nothing screams summertime quite like a BBQ. If you are planning a garden party, then make sure you get your outdoor grill and a selection of meats at the ready.
Cocktails are best consumed outdoors in the sunshine, so if you are unsure what drinks to serve, go for fun and fruity cocktails. Of course, you should have other options for those who prefer beer and non-alcoholic beverages, too.
Make Sure There is Enough Seating
While people generally do not mind sitting on a cushion on the floor of a living room, it is a different story for outside, so make sure there is plenty of seats for people to sit comfortably while they eat, chat, and drink.
Prepare More Food
Even if you know only eight people are coming and you are sure you have got enough food – get some more. You never know how hungry people may be, and it is better to have more than enough than too little.
Look at the Weather Report
Before inviting all your friends around for cocktails in the sun at the weekend, give some attention to the weather report. If it looks like there will be rain or thunderstorms, it is probably best to reschedule it for the weekend after.
Install a Pond
Ponds are a great way to get yourself into the garden more while breathing life into it. Plus, they are not as difficult to install as they look! You will attract frogs, birds, and all different kinds of bugs to your garden by installing a pond, and you can even keep your own tropical fish.
Create a Cobbled Path
Having a pretty path to walk down will surely get you out into the garden more. Plus, if you have kids, they will love it! Just find some flat pieces of stone and place them throughout your garden for a fairytale-like walkway through nature.
Get a Pet
If you find you never spend time in your garden, you will once you have a pet. Whether you decide to get a dog or a cat, they will love to enjoy your outdoor space just as much as you do. Just remember to ensure all your plants are pet-friendly!
Learn About Plants (and Grow Them)
The more you know about plants, the more eager you will be to grow your own. So, buy some gardening books, look at plant videos on YouTube, and watch more nature shows to get excited about creating a beautiful garden. Gardening is as versatile as inside décor, so you can show off your style through landscaping.
Using your garden more is great for your body, mind, and soul, so give it some attention and soak up your own piece of nature.