How To Make Your Yard More Functional

When you are able to make your yard more functional, you’ll want to use it more and you’ll be able to open up all kinds of different elements to your life. Even stepping outside for 10 minutes a day and breathing in the fresh air (weather allowing, of course) has been shown to be good for you, and if you can do this in your own back garden, it makes it even easier and more beneficial; make that yard as functional and attractive as possible, and you’ll not only be able to do it but you’ll want to, and plenty more besides. Here are some things to think about. 

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What’s In Your Dream Garden?

For many people, the garden is one of the most valuable parts of the home. In the warmer months you can spend a lot of time there, and even when it’s winter you can probably enjoy looking out at the plants and watching it all grow. In any case, it’s a good idea to try and create the perfect garden in your home, as that is going to make the home as a whole so much more enjoyable to be in. In this post, we are going to take a look at what you might include in your dream garden, and how to ensure you make it a reality.

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For many people, the garden has a primary function in the summer, which is to be the place to have a BBQ. If you love to host a barbeque for your family and friends, then you might want to think about designing your garden so that it is as suitable for this purpose as possible. There are a lot of things to think about there, but the main element is of course the BBQ itself. For best results, you can either treat yourself to a huge gas range barbeque, or you might even want to build yourself a brick one. That is a simple and yet hugely enjoyable DIY task that anyone can try out, so it’s definitely worth thinking about. With a BBQ in the garden, every summer can be wonderful.


If you happen to have the space for a swimming pool in your garden, then there is no doubt that this is going to be one of the best possible options around. With a swimming pool, you will soon enough be feeling as though you are living the high life, and it’s a fantastic way to make your garden feel so much more summer-ready. You can get pools of many different sizes, so even if your garden is slightly on the small side this might still be possible. In any case, it’s worth thinking about.

To make this as easy as possible, you should probably hire a professional team to mark it out and dig the space, and install the pool for you. Or if you prefer, you can do it yourself and have the feeling of satisfaction when you look at your own handiwork. In any case, it’s something that many gardens can have – but you should make sure to look after it as well as you can. That means using pool chemicals to keep it clean, covering it up when not in use and refreshing the water occasionally. You should also aim to keep it free of leaves and debris using a pool net, if possible. As long as you keep it right, it should last you a surprisingly long time.

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Variety Of Plants

Of course, no garden is complete without a variety of plants. Whether you are much of a keen gardener or not, this is something that you are going to want to think about, and it should be a source of joy if you approach it in the right way. There are many things to consider here when you are planning what plants to have in your garden. First of all, take a look at what space you have, and what the conditions are like for planting. Where is the sun throughout the day, and what kind of soil do you have? You can improve the soil quality, but the sun is not something you can do much about, so it’s a dealbreaker.

If it looks as though you can probably grow a lot of plants in your garden, then variety is key. Choose some colors that you are particularly attracted to and which you think will generally go well together, and then you can start to figure out what is going to go in what part of the garden. On the whole, you should ensure that your garden is going to have as much variety as possible, but if you prefer a minimalist vibe, that’s okay too. The important thing is that you are happy with your choice, and that you plant them well and look after them as best as you can.

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Many people like to use the garden as a place to relax and unwind. If that is true of you, then you should consider having a patio area in the garden. You can do this regardless of the size of the space – in fact, smaller gardens these days are often entirely patio, without any grass at all. What’s more, this is the kind of DIY that pretty much anyone can do by themselves without any help, so it’s a great task to get into if you want to develop your dream garden in your own way and by yourself.

Make sure that you are making it as cosy and comfortable as possible. That means finding items of furniture that you can enjoy lounging on, and ensuring that there is the means of heating the patio too, with any kind of patio heater you might like. You could also think about having patio lights so you can go out there at night to relax and have a great time. If you do all that, it could just be that the patio is as good as you have always dreamed about.

Water Butts

For the eco-minded gardener, this is an absolute essential. You should be conscious of trying to minimise your water usage in the garden, and the best way to do that is to place a few water butts around the garden to collect rainwater. These are simple to install, and the best way to make the most of them is to attach them to a gutter – either on your shed or your house or conservatory. With that, you are going to have a much more eco-friendly approach to gardening in general.

If you can include all of these, you are going to have a much better garden in your home.

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Garden Glam Up: How To Make Your Garden Visitor Worthy

2020 has seen gardens getting more attention than normal. For starters, with many people furloughed from work or locked down due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,  they have had more time to spend on doing up their gardens. We also had some very un-British like good weather at Easter, meaning we could all get outside with our spades and shovels and enjoy getting our hands dirty. As we moved through the summer and the gradual lifting of restrictions, we were able to see friends and family in our gardens – socially distancing, of course!

As we move through to winter and the festive season, we might not be planning on sitting out in the garden any time soon, and we are all hoping that by the time the warmer weather comes around, having to sit outside to see our loved ones will be a thing of the past. However, we can still put plans into place to make our garden the super social place it has been in 2020. Here, we look at how to make your garden visitor worthy. Read more