As snow melts and the temperature rises, people are beginning to think of green: gardens, lawns, outdoor living spaces, etc. Months of being inside makes the idea of a breath of fresh air sound beautiful. Most backyards and green spaces, however, are woefully underutilized. People often don’t do enough with their backyards, porches and patios, leaving these wonderful areas sadly bare and vacant.
There are, however ways you can make your space work for you and your family. Prime Resi, a real estate journal based out of the United Kingdom, had a few suggestions for converting your barren backyard into a useful addition to your home.
How To Use Your Backyard
Managing director of Bartholomew Landscaping Barry Burrows said, “These days, gardens and outdoor spaces are designed as multi-functional spaces to function as a changing backdrop to provide color, space, fresh air, light, shade, play areas, private areas, food, scent, and entertainment to any house.”
Choose Compatible Plants
First, you have to realize your garden’s potential. You might have some ideas of what components you want to include, but you have to arrange them in a way that makes them attractive, useable, and weather tolerant. Include a variety of plants to create texture and color to your space. Do a little research before purchasing your plants to make sure they’ll flourish in your area. Some plants need more shade, more water, more fertile soil, etc. than others, so balance your variety with compatibility.
Another thing to consider is seasonality. It’s easing to find spring blooming plants, but if you want more than a lump of green leaves during the summer you’ll do well to choose plants that flower later in the year as well. Burrows explained, “Ensuring the seamless interaction of the plants and understanding that proper plant management is as important as the choice, is key to creating a stunning garden.”
Tie Your Outdoors With Your Indoors
If you’re a do-it-yourself gardener, take the time to learn the difference between possible features. For instance, did you know there’s an enormous range of stones you could choose for paving stones, patio decor, and wall features? Hardscape such as this will also require other materials, including surfacing, timber, and resin. Burrows suggested tying these materials into your interior design. “Such diversity,” Burrows said, “allows almost any interior design to be extended seamlessly into the outside to enhance the sense of space and dimension of the garden.”
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