The plants may be dying, the leaves on the trees may be falling, but your garden is about to have a serious makeover. If you’ve come off the back of a summer that had plenty of fun, but crucially wasn’t that much fun when you were home, then it’s time to dig deep and have a rethink about the best way to use your outdoor space. Though the temperatures may be on their way down, now is the perfect time to get to work; act now, and you’ll be able to enjoy the space you’ve been working hard on as soon as the warm weather returns in spring. Better hurry, though: it’s no fun working outside during winter!
Make a Plan
There’s no one single way to design your garden. It all starts with a simple question: what is it that you want from your outdoor space? Do you want to create a space that’s picturesque, full of nature, for the kids, a space for relaxing – or a combination of all of the above? If you’ve spent too much time neglecting your garden, then you’ll probably have a clean slate to work with: though you’ll, of course, be confined to the size and shape of the space. Before doing anything, look at what you have to deal with and make a plan.
Get Rid of the Old
Your garden’s going to be full of debris; the old, unloved furniture; those wheelbarrows and old garden tools that have left outside for far too long. As such, the first thing you’ll need to do is declutter the space. This whole project is about breathing new life into your garden, so don’t be afraid to get in deep and get rid of everything that won’t have a place in your new, sparkling outdoor living area.
A Patio Makeover
A lot of the things you’ll do won’t take up too much of your time, but others will have to be considered larger projects. An example of this will be your patio area, the space that connects your house to your garden. This will have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of your garden, so check this website out for ideas on how best to move forward. Once you’ve chosen the type of patio or decking you want, it’ll be time to get the workers into to turn your plan into reality. This is best done in fall, as then you can add all the other touches to the space, knowing that you already have the ‘centrepiece’ of the garden.
Add the Details
Any garden worth a pinch of salt needs to have tables and chairs; in fact, it should have a variety of chairs, so that you can choose the right one depending on what the tone of the afternoon/evening is (dinner party, sun lounging, and so on). Beyond those furniture staples, you should look at adding a few more touches, such as outdoor lamps, decorations, and so on. Pretty quickly, you’ll have created a space that’s not only relaxing but which looks awesome too!
Hey now, we’re not just trying to keep up with the Joneses here; we want to make your garden to be as special and unique as you are. As such, why not look at adding a few creative touches to your garden to make it really stand out? If you’re a bookworm, there’s nothing better than adding your own reading corner to a section of your garden. This can be as simple as creating a space that’s surrounding by trees, and adding comfortable cushions and seating; in which case, safe putting them down until the spring. You can make it more sophisticated, however, by creating a shelter: perfect for those rainy fall afternoons.
Your garden should be as bright and colorful as possible, and the best way to do this is to add as many differently colored plants as you can. There are few things more enjoyable than looking out to a garden that is so obviously full of life! There are many plants that you can get in the ground during fall which will survive the cold winter, such as crocus, dahlia, and begonia.
Bring it to Life
As well as plants, it’s never been easier to grow vegetables in your garden. By setting aside a portion of your yard to a vegetable patch, you can be enjoying food that’s come straight from outside your backdoor in your meals. Again, you won’t have to wait until spring comes round before you start sowing; thinks like shallots, spinach, asparagus, and peas will grow through the cold months. Get them in the ground now, and there’ll be part of your Christmas dinner if you’re lucky.
Keep Things Trim
Of course, you won’t be having an overhaul of every aspect of your garden. You’ll still have a hedge and your trees. Before the cold sets in, make sure you’re trimming these back: it’ll help them grow back healthier and stronger when spring time comes around, helping to contribute to an all around better-looking garden.
Think About Fun
Now, it’s all good and well getting your garden into shape, but a lovely garden won’t be all that fun. Think about the things you want to add that’ll make your outdoor space enjoyable to be in when the warm weather is back. Having a BBQ, children swing sets, and hammocks in your garden will make it the place to be next summer! Don’t add them yet, though – the cold weather will ruin them. Just keep them in your mind’s eye when looking at your garden.
Make the Most Of Light
Natural light makes all the difference in a garden. If you have trees that are blocking your light, consider removing them, especially if you’re facing west: you’ll have sunlight in your garden later into the day, which will make it all the more enjoyable on those long summer evenings.
To be sure, it’s not easy creating an awesome garden, but with some time and effort, anyone can have their perfect outdoor living space.