Hi! My name is Gary and this is my home and garden improvement blog. My passion for working on my home and garden began when I bought my first house. It was a run down little place in the suburbs of Sydney. Even though the place was in a bit of a state, it was in a fantastic location. I spent many hours reading up on DIY and gardening tips before setting about improving the place. It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. I learnt a lot during that time so I decided to start this blog.
A well-groomed garden, however large or small, can greatly enhance your home's value and may be a winning element in the eyes of future buyers. Most home-owners appreciate gardens that look good yet require minimum care, so it's important to favour simple and affordable designs when it comes to customising your outdoor space. Below are three feasible landscaping ideas that can add interest to your garden and add value to your property.
An Entrance to Entrance
Gardens with a distinctive entrance take the leap from being an extension of your home to being a separate space in their own right. Guests and viewers are likely to take notice of gardens with a beginning, middle and end so to speak -- so structure your entrance well and you're on to a winner.
An elegant trellis archway can be a great way to frame the entrance to your garden. You can pick these up relatively cheaply from most garden centers. If you fancy getting a tad creative, however, a DIY archway can look just as appealing (and save you a spot of cash too). Archways can be made using anything from bamboo and metal wire to PVC tubing. Wire is a popular choice as it's very sturdy and easy to mould into shape. Wire is also a more weather-resistant option for a garden arch.
Whether you buy them or create your own, archways provide a very versatile focal point in the garden. You can choose to dress them up with fairy lights and fabrics or opt for vintage, romantic style and plant a climbing vine. If you get impatient for it to grow, artificial vines and flower garlands will look the part in the meantime.
The Path to Glory
Who doesn't love a charming little footpath? If space will allow, a path can be a great way to revamp your garden and help accentuate some of its most beautiful features. For an informal, no-fuss type of garden path, a layer of gravel or wood chips is a cheap and cheerful choice. This can also make it easy if you decide to incorporate a stepping stone design somewhere down the line.
As well as being one of the cheapest path materials available, gravel paths will also help hide any unsightly weeds and even prevent the germination of new ones with the right care. While the protective layer of plastic sheeting beneath the gravel or wood chipping can make it hard for weeds to fester, it's wise to use weed killer spray on the path and rake it over regularly to keep them at bay.
Making a Splash
Jacuzzis and pools are a sought-after feature in most properties, but they can require a lot of cost and maintenance. The truth is, more modest and affordable water features can still add value and interest to your home without draining your funds. A simple birdbath feature or small rock waterfall can make an elegant addition to your garden, whilst creating a peaceful babbling brook sound effect.
Luckily, your garden doesn't need to have a natural incline to pull off a small waterfall. You simply need a liner for the pond, some tubing, an assortment of stones and a water pump (along with the help of willing family members). For the stones themselves, use several wide, flat stones for the base of the waterfall and a variety of coloured stones and pebbles for the body of the feature. This is simple to set up and creates the kind of luxe look that fools the neighbours and saves your pocket in the process.
To ensure your green-fingered efforts don't go to waste, keep your newly decorated garden in great shape with the help of a ride on mower. You'll be able to find one suited to your needs by visiting a supplier like Kenmore Mower & Power Equipment.Share