Estimates suggest that a well-maintained garden can add between 5 and 20 percent value to a property. That’s a pretty impressive number, and it could make a serious difference if and when you come to sell your home. Even if you’re not selling, you should definitely consider giving your garden a makeover. Gardening is good for your mental and physical wellbeing, it gives you something pretty to look at each morning, and it’ll prepare your home for summer.
For some, their garden is a source of not only shame but also dread. Many people regard their garden with horror as they think about uprooting plants, removing weeds, and landscaping. You don’t have to fear your garden, though. With a well-constructed plan that you stick to, you can easily rework your garden and make it a beautiful place to relax. You’ll need perseverance and dedication, but if you stick with it, you’ll succeed. Here are our 10 tips on how to transform an old garden.
Start A New Lawn
Whatever the state of your lawn might be, sometimes it’s best to just go scorched earth (not literally) and get rid of your existing grass. Whether it’s in poor health or it’s patchy, the best solution is often to simply start again when it comes to grass. Clear the area first by getting rid of existing grass and vegetation. Then, use a high quality grass seed to plant new grass according to an area you delineate. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your garden transforms.
Get Rid Of Pests
Nobody likes getting rid of pests like slugs or mites; it’s gross, it’s not fun, and it can sometimes seem cruel. However, removing pests from your garden is a necessary evil if you want to cultivate a beautiful-looking area. There are right and wrong ways to do this. If you’d rather take a more natural approach, then consider organic ways to get rid of pests. Otherwise, call in a pest control specialist or place mechanical traps for larger pests.
Consider Installing An Irrigation System
If you live in Britain, or a similar rainy country, then you’re lucky enough that your garden likely won’t need regular watering as it might in sunnier climes. However, given recent British weather patterns, it might still be worth installing an irrigation system. Of course, you’ll still need to water your plants, but irrigation means all your plants will get water evenly distributed when they need it. If you’re at all worried about not being able to regularly water, get an irrigation system installed.
Create Attractive Flower Arrangements
You’re not going to get a great-looking garden if you simply allow anything to grow there. A good flower arrangement is conducive to good mental health and will give you a creative project to work on. Even if you’re planting flowers inside containers, you can still apply a creative approach and make something that shows off your personality. It’s well worth taking time over your flower arrangements, because that’s what people will look at when they see your garden.
Don’t Worry About Overgrowth
You might be tempted to take the pruning shears to every single plant that decides to grow out of its pot or its allocated lot. There’s definitely a right time to cut down a garden that’s grown out of its borders, but you should also consider letting your plants overgrow naturally. This creates a beautiful “wild” effect that makes your garden look much more naturalistic. An overly trimmed garden can look robotic and unsettling, so you should consider leaving some plants to grow out.
Install Garden Lighting
The purpose of garden lighting is twofold. First, of course, having lighting in your garden creates an aesthetically pleasing effect; you’ll thank yourself in the winter months when the lanterns are casting a warm glow over your plants. You’re also making it easier to see while gardening during the winter. As night begins to fall earlier and earlier, you’ll find yourself needing the light source to make sure you can see what you’re doing. It’s a solid idea to install garden lighting.
Create A Seating Arrangement
There’s nothing more satisfying than sitting out in the garden on a warm summer’s night and watching the world go by. You won’t be able to do that until you’ve added some seating to your new garden, though. First, it’s a good plan to lay a patio. That’ll give your seating somewhere to sit, so to speak. Next up, you can start actually adding some seating. A table with some surrounding chairs is a good idea; try to match the seating to the aesthetic of your house.
Plant Your Own Fruits And Vegetables
If you’ve never eaten a meal full of the food you’ve grown yourself, you’re simply not living. There’s something magical about knowing exactly where every single ingredient in your vegetable curry has come from. Getting started is surprisingly straightforward; all you need is the space, the time, and the inclination. Start off with easier options like potatoes, radishes, and spring onions. Fruit-wise, you can easily grow apples, pears, or plums.
Add A Water Feature
Most water features, from ponds to fountains, are fairly easy to add to your garden and don’t demand too much in terms of space or commitment. For some, you’ll need a bespoke water supply, but most come with their own. You will, of course, need to regularly clean your new water feature and make sure it’s maintained properly. Many of these features are havens for birds; you might love this, but if you don’t, make sure to keep an eye on your feature.
Repurpose Existing Objects
Repurposing and recycling existing stuff inside your house as a garden feature is rewarding and satisfying. Old kitchen containers, pots, and old food cans can be used as planters, for example, while car tyres make great plant pot alternatives. You don’t need to buy lots of new garden equipment to give your garden a unique and idiosyncratic feel. Be creative; look around your house and think about your old objects in a new light.