The Pros and Cons of Having a Pool in Your Backyard

To many people, having a swimming pool can often be a sign of wealth and status. For others, it’s a convenient way to get exercise and relax when the weather is hot. Either way, a swimming pool can be an attractive and useful addition to your garden, but there are also some cons that we have to discuss as well.

In this article, we’ll be showing you a few pros and cons to having a pool installed in your backyard. Read more

Giving Your Garden A Worthwhile Upgrade

There’s a lot you can do in the garden to make it a more functional area; you can plant plenty of seeds, and split the beds up into a fruits and veg section, and then have a section for the flowers to go to make sure they trail along the path properly. You can also turn the entire space into a jungle, with plenty of overgrown trees and creeper plants, and a rock garden and pond to finish it all off. Either way, everyone has their own outdoor style, and you can do whatever you want with your garden to make sure it’s a paradise of your own making! Read more

Special Touches to Add to Your Home’s Exterior

Special Touches to Add to Your Home's Exterior

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When it comes to home design, the majority of us tend to focus on our interiors. This isn’t all too surprising. After all, we tend to spend a whole lot more time indoors than outdoors. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that we should neglect our home’s exteriors. Here are just a couple of things that you can do in order to spruce things up out back!

Lighting

When it comes to lighting your back garden, there are a lot more modern outdoor lighting options than you might initially think. Safety lights are a sensible option, as they light up whenever a person or animal steps foot in your garden. This adds a sense of security to your property. But it’s important to remember that this doesn’t necessarily have to be the sole light source if you plan to spend time outdoors in the evenings. Solar powered lights are great, but you cannot depend on them for constant and bright light, as their power depends on the weather of the day. Consider investing in more reliable sources of outdoor lighting that can be easily installed around your garden.

Climber Plants

Climbing plants, otherwise referred to as “climbers” are a distinct type of plant that will grow up your property’s walls. Their vines cling to vertical surfaces and they will grow upwards, slowly spreading over the exterior of your property. They are a truly beautiful addition to any property, and you can create completely different aesthetics depending on the type of climber that you opt for. If you fancy pursuing a classic and traditional take on your property, try planting ivy. This plant has delicate leaves and will establish itself up against the face of your home relatively quickly. If you’d prefer a flowering plant, try Wisteria. This will bloom purple in the summer months and add a touch of subtle colour to your home as well as a unique scent. For something that looks like it’s been taken straight from the pages of a classic fairytale, incorporate roses into the mix.

A Herb Garden

The average garden could provide the perfect space for you to try out growing your own herb garden! Not only will your homegrown herbs taste better than those that you buy, but they will be as fresh as can be (as you’ll only pick them directly before use), you can be absolutely certain of their purity, and they will also fill your backyard with a delightful fragrance while you’re not using them in your cooking. In short, it’s about time that you consider creating your own small-scale herb garden! Growing most herbs is simple, and instructions will come in their individual packets. The hardest part of the process for most is deciding which herbs to grow in the first place, as there are so many delicious options to pick from! Favourites tend to include perennial herbs, such as oregano, mint, thyme, sage, and rosemary.

These are just a few ideas to get your journey towards perfect home exteriors started. They’re simple to try out, so why hesitate?

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What To Look For In A New Garden Fence

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A new garden fence can be an essential home upgrade for many people. Our garden spaces are our most intimate outdoor spots on the Earth, so it pays to protect it. You might not own much land in the world, but this little spot of green can be called yours, and as such it should be respected. One of the best ways to do this is to install a great garden fence. There are many fencing contractors and types of fence out there, with various types of panelling, wood and general materials used. It pays to find the strongest, most reliable and future-proof fence you can find however, and so consider the following when looking for one: Read more

4 Mistakes That Are Killing Your Vegetable Patch

Growing your own vegetables is a great way to reduce your food bill and get better quality produce that tastes far better than any of the stuff you can get at the supermarket. It would be great if you could just throw some seeds in the ground and wait for the magic to happen but it isn’t that easy. Growing vegetables takes a lot of hard work and careful tending, but if you’ve seemingly been doing everything right but your vegetables just aren’t growing, you might be making one of these mistakes. Read more