As the world closed all around us over the last couple of years, our gardens have become a sanctuary for UK residents. Not just a refuge but a beer garden, home gym, dining area and much more. So, now that the world is returning to some normality and we can start having family and friends over once more, you might be part of the many Brits looking around their outside space and thinking that it could do with a makeover.
However, it can be challenging to know which elements you can take care of yourself and when you might need to enlist the help of a professional. Maybe it’s just a case of brightening up your outside space with a few hanging baskets or flowers, or perhaps your garden fences and shed could do with a new coat of paint. Regardless of what work needs to be carried out, investing some TLC into your garden can help you rediscover your love for the space.
Whether you’re planning a total garden makeover or looking for some easy garden ideas to refresh your space – we’ve compiled several garden ideas to inspire you to rejuvenate your green space, whether you’re working with a large lawn or petite patio and make it fit for a magazine cover. From creating an al fresco dining area with the addition of a wood-fired pizza oven to neatening the edge of your lawn – keep reading to discover our gardening makeover tips.
Create An Al Fresco Dining Area
In temperate climates, dining outside with friends and family members is unbeatable. Contrary to popular belief, dining outside isn’t limited to when you go out to a fancy restaurant with loved ones; you can bring this unique eating experience home to enjoy whenever the urge strikes. If this sounds like something you and your family would enjoy, why not consider creating an al fresco dining area?
Be it a quiet summer breakfast between you and your partner or a family cookout that lasts long into the night; there are many ways that you can turn your outside space into an al fresco dining area. Consider seating, lighting, flooring, tabletop accessories, cushions, plants, and other elements that would turn your outside space into a place you’d like to dine.
As well as furnishings, you could consider cooking equipment and bring the dining aspect outside and the cooking element. For instance, if you’re still relying on your trusty barbeque, you could consider upgrading by investing in a wood-fired pizza oven like the ones from Ooni, that can cook meat joints, fish, and vegetables as well as pizzas.
Learn more about Ooni’s range of outdoor pizza ovens, like the Ooni Karu and the Ooni Fyra 12, over on their website and discover a range of recipes and other helpful resources designed to help you make the best stone-baked pizzas from the comfort of your back garden. Consider browsing their website or contacting them directly to learn more.
Add A Folding Bar
Why not compliment your new al fresco dining area with the addition of a folding bar? When it comes to summertime, the best way to spend the more temperate weather is surrounded by friends and family with a glass of something in hand. If you’d like to keep expenses down, you could consider following an online tutorial and making your own – or if you have the cash spare, splurge on a fancy, ready-made one!
Providing that you consider yourself an able, amateur DIY-er to make your own folding bar from scratch, all you need is a couple of wooden pallets, a length of chain and a herb planter that can be doubled up as a shelve to store bottles in an easy-to-reach location. Accompanied by your new al fresco dining area, your garden will soon become the next go-to place for any family gathering or a romantic meal for two.
Get Spring Cleaning
Most of the time, the main issue with our outdoor space is that it hasn’t had enough TLC, especially after being beaten around by the winter weather! If this is the case, find a weekend in your calendar when you’ve got no plans, and get spring cleaning – don’t be afraid to rope other members of the family or your partner into the chore too!
Clear out all the rubbish that may have accumulated since the last time you had guests, rake up leaves, dig out any dead plants, remove weeds from the borders, mow the grass, power wash grimy tiles, and any other small tasks that could help transform your garden. After you’ve got the boring part out of the way, you can concentrate on decorating your newly cleared space.
Look at inspiration boards online and ask family and friends for recommendations or what they think would look lovely in your outdoor space. Asking for an outside opinion might be just what you need to finally replace your outside table and chairs with a new one or scrap that garden statue that’s been there since you first moved in!