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Design The Perfect Patio Step By Step

Design The Perfect Patio Step By Step

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During the summer your garden can be one of the most fun place to be in the house. Sitting out in the summer sun and being able to relax with family is a fun way to spend the weekend and can allow us to get a great tan too. 

The most important part of the garden which you will want to decorate and spruce up this summer is the patio, and there are some really great methods for getting the best out of this space. Today we are going to have a look at some simple tips and tricks for decorating the patio and making it feel modern and fun for the summer. 

Play with paving

The first step to making a wonderful patio space this year is to nail a stunning paving design. The paving of the patio is the main design feature and it will have a huge impact on the style and atmosphere your space shows. You can hire a paving contractor and see what kind of designs they have in their portfolio to help you decide on the best design for you this year. 

Create zones 

If you are planning to create a space which spans the whole of the garden, you will want to split it into smaller zones which have their own purpose and theme. For example, if you wanted to have a patio for hosting garden parties, you can have an outdoor seating area, an area shaded with a pergola, and you can also think about having a herb garden in the middle of the paving which will add some colour to your patio as well as help to vamp up any meals you cook up on the grill. 

Pay Attention To Lighting

The patio area is likely going to be a part of the garden which you use in the evening as well as the day. If you plan to host parties and enjoy those summer nights, you will want to make the most of the lighting in the space to create a warm and magical space. For this, you can buy some solar powered fairy lights to hang as well as some solar powered lamps to give soft and warm lighting when the sun goes down. 

Add colour

 
The final touch to any great outdoor design is your plants, and adding a couple of large pots with flowers will make a huge difference to the space and the design you can create. There are lots of stunning plants you can bring into your patio space which will be fairly low maintenance and will bring you stunning flowers all summer long. For example, verbena provide you with stunning purple flowers for months and will attract bees to the garden, and you can leave them without pruning all summer long. There are also large shrubs such as hydrangeas or bulbs such as gladioli which can bring some beautiful colour to your patio.

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4 Easy Ways To Save Money In The Garden

4 Easy Ways To Save Money In The Garden

We’re all looking for ways to save money and stick to our budget and usually, we start with the home. If you can find ways to reduce your energy bills in the home and spend less on maintenance, you’ll save yourself a lot of money. But have you ever thought about how much money you’re spending on the garden? Most people don’t but when you add it up, you’ll be surprised just how much it’s costing you to maintain your outside space. Luckily, you can do these simple things to save money around the garden. 

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Reduce Water Usage

Watering the garden is one of the biggest expenses, especially if you’ve got a lot of plants out there. It’s always a good idea to reduce your water usage for environmental reasons anyway, but it will also save you a lot of money out in the garden as well. The best thing to do is to plan your watering properly and only water when you actually need to. That means you should plan around the weather and let the rain do the hard work for you where possible. You should also look into drip irrigation systems that deliver water directly to the root and use way less water than a hose or sprinkler system. 

As well as finding ways to cut the water that you use, you should start collecting rainwater as well because it won’t cost you anything. Get some water tanks out in the garden and you’ll see that they soon fill up in the winter. You should have more than enough water to look after all of your plants and it’s completely free. 

Make Your Own Compost 

Plants need good quality compost if they’re going to get the nutrients that they need to thrive, but it’s costing you money if you’re buying it every year. The thing is, there’s really no need because it’s not that hard to make your own compost out in the garden. You’ll just need to use food scraps from the kitchen so all you need to pay for is the compost bin and that’s it. 

Propagate Plants 

A lot of people don’t know about propagating plants which is a shame because it’s a great way to save money on buying new plants every year. When you propagate a plant, you split it and then replant it so that they multiply. That means you can buy a few plants and eventually fill the whole garden. If you learn how to propagate plants, you’ll save so much money on buying them in the future.  

Use Citrus Peel For Pests 

Getting rid of pests is important, otherwise, they’ll eat all of your plants. But you don’t need to be spending money on pesticides and slug repellent because there is a cheap natural alternative. Citrus peels contain chemicals that repel or kill pests so they can be used instead of your normal pesticide. That means you’re not putting potentially harmful chemicals out in the garden either. 

You’d be surprised how much money you could save out in the garden by making these simple changes.  

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The Art of Turning Your Backyard into an Outdoor Living Space

By Guest Blogger, Kevin J.

The Art of Turning Your Backyard into an Outdoor Living Space

How many times do you look out at the sunny day and wish you had an outdoor space that was more usable? Whether you have a large backyard or one that is simple, small and enclosed, we’re willing to bet that it is under-used, so what can be done to make it more usable?

We have taken a look at three excellent ideas that will encourage you to make more use of the outdoors, and what could be better than enjoying the sun in your own personal outdoor living space? So, here are our ideas – start with these, and you’ll soon have a great outdoor living space that you can enjoy to the fullest.

Lay a Deck

All the rage at the moment – and with good reason – decking should be the first thing you consider if you want to transform your outdoor space into a viable living area. You might think it expensive, but in fact it is one of the most cost-effective methods of bringing alive an outdoor area. Whether you have a simple courtyard-type space or a larger garden area, a decking space either attached to the house or in a separate part of the yard has many advantages: it is easy to keep clean, rainwater drains from it, and will be a great place with heaters installed for use in even the winter evenings.

You can install decking yourself – there are many videos online that tell you how – but we strongly recommend that you check out local providers as a professional job will give you better results, and you may be surprised how affordable it will be.

Add a Gazebo

The sun is beautiful, warm – and dangerous! Even with ultra-levels of sun screen on your skin, it’s still possible to get too much sun, and if you’re one of those people who suffer from the heat, some shade is always welcome. So, in addition to your beautiful new deck, why not add a gazebo?

These affordable and very practical items take the form of an open-sided tent – although there are many you can buy with optional side screens for protection against the wind – and are easy to set up and take down. So, you can choose whether you want to have a permanent gazebo or one that can be used only when necessary, and there are some surprisingly attractive models on the market, too. It’s worth having a look around at the different sizes, and perhaps picking one that covers a portion of your deck and leaves the rest open to the sun.

Build a Fire Pit

Great for those evenings in the fall when the nights become a little cooler, a fire pit is an excellent addition to your back yard. It’s one for the adults, of course, but keep the kids at a safe distance and they can enjoy it too. It’s easy to do: clear a nice flat area – preferably close to your decking so you get the full effect – and build a circular wall with bricks. It’s best to cement them in place if you want it to be a decent one.

Leave a few holes in the wall for the air to get through and build it to a sensible height so that you can drop wood in – and you have a great fire pit for added warmth on cooler nights, meaning your outdoor space is more usable than ever!

These are just a few of the ideas we came up with for making your outdoor space more usable, and we reckon there are many more, so make up a list and you’ll soon enjoy the backyard more than you ever thought you could.

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Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work at PlainHelp.

Happy and Homely: Make Your Abode Amazing

Happy and Homely: Make Your Abode Amazing

There comes a time in our lives where our home needs a little tender loving care. There are drawers full of junk and your sofas are getting slightly tattered and torn. Nobody wants to have a disorganized house, especially when you are due to have family or friends around to visit. You worked so hard to buy your home that you need to remember to take care of it when it needs that extra attention. You can make some tiny tweaks to your rooms and belongings to make your house feel homey again. Choose the areas that need the most attention first and you will soon have all the problem areas fixed in a flash.

Luscious Lounging

Your sofas bear the brunt of most of your home activities; they are there for you and your friends to sit on each and every day. Whether you’re sat tapping away on your laptop or you’re eating dinner on your knee, they can become tired and uncomfortable pretty quickly. Check out Altson’s sofas and update your seating arrangements from ancient to astounding. You will soon be able to lounge around in luxury again.

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Clean and Clear

When was the last time you had a good old clear out inside your cupboards, closets and drawers? It is often said that a cluttered home makes for a messy mind, so in order to get back on track you need to start throwing away all that old junk. Try not to be too sentimental about objects you don’t really need to keep. If you haven’t used it in the past six months then it probably deserves to be thrown in the trash or to be sold online. You could make some money whilst you’re spring cleaning too if you do find some old bits and bobs that other people might be interested in. It is always worth having a regular deep clean in order to keep your house fresh and decluttered.

Outside Overhaul

Our gardens and outside areas often get a little neglected in the winter time. The weather can be chilly and you simply don’t want to go out there, but before you know it spring will appear and you’re left with a topsy-turvy outdoor space. Think about having an outdoor clear out before it gets too late to salvage. You might want to plant some new flowers or buy some new garden furniture whilst it’s on sale. There are a variety of different plant species which actually thrive during the colder seasons, so see if any of these could brighten up your backyard. There are many beautiful things you can do with your garden, even in the winter months. No matter how cold and dark it gets don’t forget to give it some attention!

Give your home the mini makeover it deserves and you won’t feel so overwhelmed by the bits and bobs that have built up over time. Enjoy your new comfortable seating and thrive in your newly refreshed backyard. It will soon feel like brand new again.

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