The sun is shining, and we’re all facing the hard work of reclaiming the garden from the long winter. Fencing needs painting, lawns need mowing, and flower beds need weeding. It’s a lot of work. Of course, when it’s done you can sit back and enjoy the view, the sun, and the relaxing outdoor space you’ve created. Why not add a few upgrades to make this summer in your back garden better than ever?
Lighting is really important if you want to enjoy your back garden after the sun has gone down. More and more of us are choosing to use our outdoor spaces for entertaining, especially when the weather is warmer. Of course, after June, the days become shorter and shorter as dusk arrives that little bit earlier each day. A few carefully positioned solar-powered LED lights could be just the thing. They'll keep your patio and seating area beautifully illuminated.
Seating is really important, and there are plenty of choices. You could pick a quaint arbor to enjoy a little shade and a beautiful floral view. Maybe you have a pleasant decked area? Why not add a couple of rattan sofas and a dining table? You can invite friends and family over for an evening meal and relax on wonderfully comfortable garden furniture. For the ultimate upgrade, add an outdoor dining gazebo with a patio heater.
If you’re lucky enough to own a good sized garden, chances are you have a number of leisure activities you like to do here. Have you thought about hot tubs for the garden? Many of these are comfortable enough to be used all year round if you have a semi-covered area. For those of you that are a little shy, why not add a wall of trellis with some climbing plants for extra privacy and shade?
Zen gardens are wonderful for promoting calm, peace, and relaxation. There are many activities you can enjoy doing in the garden to boost your mental balance and focus. Tai Chi, yoga, and meditation are particularly enjoyable in the fresh air. Add a beautiful view from your decked area, and you could have the perfect place for relaxation in your own backyard. Water features also provide a visual and audible focus for your mind to enjoy. Waterfalls, cascading trickles, and ponds all offer a wonderful addition to your garden.
Perhaps the most elaborate upgrade for many homeowners is the addition of a swimming pool. This can help promote more activity and exercise in your life. It can also be a great way of staying cool through the heat of summer. Safety is essential, though. Make sure you can add a fully gated perimeter with a locked gate to avoid your pets and children from getting in. Smaller wildlife can also be protected from hazards with the right covers and mesh netting in place.
Now is the perfect time to put into action all those garden upgrades you’ve been considering. Some could even increase the value and saleability of your home. What are you waiting for? Have a great summer!