Give Your Garden A New Lease Of Life With These 4 Simple Upgrades

Want to make your garden a more interesting and fun place? Now is the perfect time to do it, so we thought we would give you a few pointers on the upgrades that can make a difference to any home. It doesn’t matter how big or small your garden is. With a little planning, these features can all be pulled off with aplomb, and encourage you and your family to spend more time outside.

Butterfly Garden
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Patio area

Patios are perfect for garden parties. They give you an outside space to use when the grass is wet and acts as a great visual bridge between your home and the garden. If you have the time and expertise, it can be an excellent DIY project to complete. But if you are after something more intricate, it might be worth getting in touch with some paver installers who can add a more professional – and luxurious – touch. It’s worth spending a little extra to get a higher quality of stone. The better slabs you use, the longer they will last, and they will need a lot less maintenance to keep them looking great.

Lighting

Thanks to solar power technology, it costs very little to install a little lighting in your garden. You can pick up solar lights for a few dollars a piece in many home and garden stores, and they cost nothing to run. They will soak up energy all day long and then turn on when it gets dark. That little bit of light can help you extend your late nights in the garden, and provide guests with a safe route to and from different areas during summer parties.

Water feature

Ever wanted a great-looking water feature in your garden? They give you an impressive centerpiece and can also attract different types of wildlife to your home. And, there is nothing more relaxing than sitting back on a warm summer’s night with a glass of wine and the soft gurgling sound of water trickling through rocks. There’s a great guide to creating your own water feature over at The Family Handyman, or you could go for something a lot more eye catching.

Treehouse

If you have large trees in your garden area, then a tree house is well worth investigating. It can provide your kids with a brilliant place to get up close with nature, and even give you and your partner somewhere to have a nice and romantic evening under the stars. Take a look at Tree Top Builders Inc for some inspiration. If you have the skills, we would always recommend building your own. However, for safety reasons it might be worth hiring a professional company to do the job for you.

Giving your garden a boost doesn’t have to cost a fortune. And, if you have any DIY skills in your locker, these are great little projects that you can do yourself. Do you have any tips to share? If so, we would love to hear from you, so don’t forget to leave your advice in the comments section below.

Great Garden Technology for a More Modern Space

Now that technology is a part of everyday life, it can feel strange when you’re sat somewhere with no gadgets helping you out. Whether they’re entertaining you or helping you to get on with your everyday tasks, we’re all used to using different pieces of technology every day. So sometimes your garden can feel a little lacking on the technology front. You might think that it’s difficult to install all the latest gadgets outside. But there are plenty of solutions to wiring electrics that withstand all kinds of weather conditions. With the right resources, you can add cool tech to your garden, from televisions to modern lighting.

 

Sound Systems

 

Some people may be apprehensive about the idea of installing anything that plays music in their garden. After all, there are the neighbors to consider. Everyone has to bear some neighborly noise. But people often think of music as being different to noise from children or mowing. You might want to think carefully about installing a sound system. But it could be easier than you think to stop the sound traveling to all your neighbors. If you don’t have any neighbors close by, you should go ahead and install a sound system. They’re great for parties or relaxing on your own. And you can buy systems designed for outdoor use that will stop the sound disturbing your neighbors.

 

Television

 

Televisions are great for outside, on your deck or patio. They’re especially fun for throwing a sports party; you’ll love one if you enjoy having friends over to watch the game and drink a few beers. They’re not just for watching football though. An outdoor television is useful any time you want to sit outside without missing your favorite show. You could even just use a display screen to create some moving outdoor art. If you want to have an outdoor TV there are two options. Either buy a specially-designed outdoor television or use a normal TV with a weatherproof TV case by The TV Shield. Don’t use a normal television on its own though, as it won’t last two seconds outside.

 

Mini LED Light
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Solar-powered Lights

 

Outdoor lighting is essential if you want to use your garden in the evenings. In the winter it can be nice to have a fire, but not when it’s warm. There are lots of different options for lighting, but solar-powered lights are extremely convenient. You don’t need an outdoor power supply because the sun charges your lights during the day. Usually solar-powered lights are LED, so they’re even more energy-efficient. They turn on and off automatically when it gets dark and light again, so you don’t need to worry about forgetting to turn them off. LED lights are powerful and have less glare than conventional lighting, too. You’ll be saving on energy bills and helping to save the planet.

 

If you like the idea of technology in the garden, but prefer to work in your garden, there are lots of fun toys for you to play with too. Gardening technology is on the rise to help you look after your beloved garden.

How A Few Paving Stones Can Revamp Your Outdoor Spaces

Many people say that we don’t spend enough time outdoors. That’s worrying, and it’s most worrying for children. If kids don’t spend time outside – and most of them don’t – then it can mess up their lives in the long run. They’ll get used to living indoors. They won’t get enough vitamin D from the sun. They’ll lose the art of outdoor play. They’ll become unfit. These are all terrible consequences of a life without the great outdoors.

You can help your children rediscover the joy of being outside. All it takes is a little care and attention towards your garden. Lots of us have gardens that resemble unkempt wildernesses, not areas where kids can play. That’s easy to solve. As it turns out, just a few creative uses of ordinary paving stones can turn your garden into a paradise fit for play. Here’s how.

image by Jim Champion on Flickr

You can use paving stones from Easy Pave in a variety of different ways. Let’s say you’re worried about monitoring your children if they’re out in the garden. Paving stones can make a fantastic patio. A patio at the top or bottom of your garden can be the perfect place to keep watch over your kids. You can also catch a few rays there without getting a wet backside from your grass. Another use for a patio could be as a place to socialise as a family. You could stick a barbecue on it and invite the neighbours round. That way, all the kids in the neighbourhood can get together and play in your back garden. All that, from the cost of a few paving stones!

Paving can also solve a few issues that may stop you from letting your kids outside. You can use them as stepping stones between the home and the garden area. That’s good for younger children, as it gives them a safe place from any thorns or nettles. There are lots of dangers in gardens, but stepping stones can act as a ‘safe zone’ for any children who can’t recognise hazards.

Child's play
image by Michael Tyler on Flickr

You should also consider using paving to act as a wall in larger gardens. That way, you can separate your garden into different areas. That can be a great way to give the children their own designated area in which to play. Walls are most useful for parents who grow plants or vegetables in their garden. They can act as a barrier, protecting the plants while encouraging the children to play. What’s more, giving the children a walled area of the garden can give them a sense of responsibility. If they’re in charge of maintaining their section of the garden, they’ll feel more mature. Encouraging responsible play is a great way for your children to move towards adulthood.

You might not think that a few paving stones can revamp your outdoor spaces into fantastic and safe play areas. As you can see now, that’s not the case. A garden is an asset to any home. Make the most of it. Your kids will thank you for it if you do.

Inexpensive Ways To Revamp Your Yard Without Going Broke

Who doesn’t love to be outside in your yard when the weather is nice? Having a good looking yard this year will not have to break your back, or your budget. Improving your yard in a comfortable and visually appealing way can be extremely affordable, if you know what to look for. Use these five inexpensive yard update ideas this year.

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Light Up The Night

Adding candles or path lights to a yard space where you relax and unwind, provide the perfect peaceful atmosphere. Candles are extremely cheap, and make great low priced yard decorations, while other fixtures can come at a higher price, but are a more durable, long-lasting option. Line pathways either low to the ground, or it trees are an option you can drape lights or candles high above the paths.

 

Plants And Flowers

Whether you put the plants in hanging baskets or plant them in the ground, plants and flowers add color and beauty to any backyard space. Not only are plants and flowers inexpensive, but they can make your special outdoor space extra cozy and fragrant. Try to use a mixture of perennials and annuals to have some to come back every year. Depending on your style, you can throw a lot in at once for an English garden variety, or put each plant in a line and trim regularly for a French garden option.  Continue reading “Inexpensive Ways To Revamp Your Yard Without Going Broke”