From the day we moved into our forever home, there was a lot of work we needed to do. Don’t get me wrong, my father-in-law built it up pretty much from scratch; but as he got older and after my mother-in-law passed away, he sort of ‘let it go’ and lost the will. And then, he passed also. But, it meant we got pretty much a blank canvas to build upon. Being a creative person, my head was overflowing with ideas. Especially after living in a flat for the previous five years, I was absolutely ecstatic to finally have not one garden, but three!
I say garden, but two of those are more patches of grass right now. We currently only use one as a proper garden, this being the one at the back of our house. This is where the boys play, the dog goes to the toilet (!), and we chill out and enjoy the view during the warmer months. You could call it our multi purpose garden, I suppose. Our smallest one is at the front of the house, but it’s not really used for anything at the moment as it’s an odd shape. Our largest garden is around the side of our house, and this one is used as more of a storage yard right now!
A patio makeover
With the back garden being the one we use the most, this was our priority to have a makeover. It was a few months after we moved in that we made a start on it, and it’s still nowhere near how we envision it to be. We like to DIY around here, so it’s mainly a case of time, and that thing called money… Nonetheless, we’re always having discussions about what we want to do next.
One of the areas we want to tackle is the patio. The Husband doesn’t really like it as there is no weed control there so we’re constantly having to remove them during the summer months, which is a bit of a chore. Eventually to replace the patio, we would love to lay some decking. We may also look at installing artificial grass on decking; because our patio doors lead straight to this area, it would be lovely to step out with bare feet on a sunny summer day.
One of our favourite things to do in our garden is have a picnic. Where we live is such a perfect place to do this; as our garden overlooks the farmers fields, and there is absolutely no noise other than that of birdsong and tractors. Of which the latter is actually quite a calming country sound! Having our picnic on the artificial grass would mean
we I didn’t get dirty; I know, I know, this is one of the things that makes a picnic, but I’m a bit of a coward when it comes to getting dirty!
Do you have artificial grass? Or do you even have artificial grass on your decking?