With most of us at home right now, and the warm spring weather inviting us into our own gardens rather than in public parks, countryside or the beach, many of us are looking for garden renovation ideas to improve our outside space. But with the majority of shops and garden centres now closed and with many skilled landscapers self-isolating or choosing to not work, how can you set about making garden improvements right now?
Our 9 garden renovation ideas will not only turn your overgrown jungle into a relaxing haven, but we’ll also show you how to get things done during lockdown.
1. Get your lawn in order
Looking out across your garden, the biggest section to tackle is probably your lawn. A nicely shaped and maintained lawn can make your garden look like a desirable place to be. However, if your lawn is misshapen or in need of attention, you could find yourself hibernating inside until summer’s over.
Tackle your lawn first…think about simply strimming the lawn you already have or why not create a different shape entirely? Your garden need not be conventional, try a circular or even oval lawn shape. If ever there was a time to try something new, it’s now! Check out these circular lawn ideas on Pinterest. If you’re thinking of laying a new lawn from scratch, our top soil alternative is a great base for lawns and available to order online.
2. Maintenance makes a huge difference
You won’t believe the difference completing basic garden maintenance tasks can make! Simply pulling up your weeds, raking fallen leaves, pruning your roses, shaping bushes and cutting back trees can make your garden feel completely different.
You may also, however, be surprised at just how much garden waste this can produce. With the closure of local household recycling centres, a skip bag could be a great and convenient alternative. Simply order an empty skip bag online, fill the skip bag with your garden waste and we’ll collect it for you and dispose of it safely and efficiently.
3. Create some flowerbeds
They say that life begins the day you start a garden and where better to start than with a beautiful flowerbed or two. To start a border flowerbed, you want to aim for a meter or more in depth to allow for smaller plants in the front and taller ones in the back. Begin by removing the grass and tilling the soil in the area you intend to use for your garden. Then, add compost to make the soil more fertile so your flowers will grow better. Next, select and buy some bulbs from an online garden store.
4. Design a garden path
Every journey starts with a path and your garden is no exception. Professional landscapers will tell you that within every good garden, you must have at least one path that leads to another part of the garden. Having a path or a series of paths in your garden draws you in to explore areas that perhaps you would ordinarily overlook. There are many styles of path to choose from including shingle and limestone which are popular choices due to their great drainage and finished look. We can supply a range of aggregates in bulk bags or loose loads using our own fleet of grab lorries and tipper trucks.
5. Grow your own
According to Monty Don “There has never been a time, since the end of the last war, when it is so relevant and important to grow some vegetables, fruit and herbs in your garden.” and we couldn’t agree more. Whether you want to grow some broad beans with the children or you’re looking for a new hobby, growing your own vegetables can be fun, educational and rewarding.
There’s no need to buy seeds online either as you can simply grow vegetables from your own scraps. Find out how here >>
6. Take a seat
With the warmer weather heading our way, and the forced closure of our favourite eateries, dining alfresco in the garden is going to be on most people’s to-do list. If you haven’t already got an outside seating area, now’s the perfect time to create one! You could simply design a dedicated area with a shingle base to separate your table and chairs from the rest of the garden, or you could go one step further and build a decking area on which to sit.
If you are in need of concrete for your deck’s base, Avon Material Supplies can deliver you the ready mixed concrete you’ll need to get started.
7. Get those boundaries in place
In a small garden, boundary walls or fences and hedges may be the biggest element in view, so it’s really important to get them to look good. You can choose from a selection of different types but there must be consistency between them. You could have fencing along the side of your front garden for example but add a stone wall at the front in a coordinating colour. Or why not paint your fence posts a shade of green to blend in with the rest of the garden? Don’t forget to always check with your neighbours first before doing any boundary work.
8. Add some water to your garden
Water features can bring a relaxing atmosphere to any space and are also known for their ability to increase air quality and humidity and decrease noise pollution by drowning out noise with the sound of running water. Bring some relaxation into your outdoor space with a water feature. Extra: why not create a hidden water feature that draws you into the depths of the garden and away from the open space? Hidden water features can add a new dimension to your garden and create a little haven just for you.
9. Bring the indoors; out
With growing numbers of people working from home and increased house prices, more and more people are looking at clever ways to add another room to their home and a garden office is the perfect way to do this.
As with any construction, you’ll need hardcore and concrete for your base and sand for your brick work. We recommend using a classic builder’s sand for this type of project. Read our article on best bagged aggregates for your garden.
Whatever garden renovations you have in mind, AMS Skips Bags operated by Avon Material Supplies can offer you help whilst you’re in lockdown. Our services are still operational although we ask you to book in advance to avoid any disappointment. You can contact the office today on 01202 579579 or fill in the contact form for more information.
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