Spring is almost upon us, and if you are looking to spruce up your garden, you couldn’t have picked a better time. There are many ways of improving the surrounding area of your home, and here are just a few cost effective ways to improve your outdoor living space.
Build your Own Pond
There is nothing more natural that a pond with running water, and with modern equipment, it is easy to create a multi-tiered rockery that allows running water to cascade into the pond, which is on the bottom level. Of course, you would need all the accessories to ensure healthy plants and fish, and with online solutions, you can purchase pond filters, including bio filters, external filters, and internal filters, all at reasonable prices. If you are not confident in your DIY skills, a reputable landscape gardener would be more than happy to make a few improvements, including a new pond.
Returf the Lawn
Your lawn is the centerpiece of the garden, and if it has seen better days, perhaps the best solution is to re-turf the entire area. Of course, you could seed it, which is cheaper, but it takes a long time for the seeds to grow, and with ready cut turf, you have an instant lawn. Ground preparation is essential with turf laying, and the existing top 3 inches of lawn needs to be removed. This is best achieved with a rotovator and a team of guys with rakes, and after a few hours, add a few metres of topsoil, which should be levelled and be free of stones.
Rethink your Exterior Lighting
LED lighting offers the homeowner a wealth of ways to illuminate the home, both inside and out. LED strips with adhesive backing can be stuck under exterior window sills to create a warm cartoon effect in the twilight hours, and with a low power output, your bills will not be too high. An electrician or handyman can easily wire you up a small circuit, and with remote control, you can adjust the lighting to create the perfect ambience.
Resurface the Driveway and Paths
This is an inexpensive way to upgrade your property and with a tidy garden, it can make the world of difference. The effect can be so dramatic that some people resurface their driveway to help sell the property, and it does work by giving a prospective buyer a good first impression. Concrete solutions come in many colours and finishes, and this alone will transform the look of your home, and with the right border stones and some nice shrubs or evergreens, the look is complete. Pathways can be matching, or if you prefer some real character, have some stove pavers laid.
The garden really makes a home, and with a little forethought and a small budget, one can really transform the garden and make the living space a bit more attractive. The above ideas are only a taste of what is possible, so get creative and draw up a plan for your dream garden today.