Owning a property with a front lawn is a privilege, but many of us neglect this part of our homes. This can result in an untamed mess that gives off bad firsts impressions to visitors (and potential buyers). Why not take back your front garden and make it something to be proud of? Here are several ideas that may plant the seed.
A simple clean-cut front lawn can give your home a tidy Spielbergian feel. Whilst keeping your garden free of plants might seem like easy work, maintaining a perfect lawn still requires regular weeding, mowing and watering (plus there are those that take it to the next level, mowing perfectly precise strips in their lawn). You can do this yourself or save time and shop around for lawn care services and landscapers that can do it for you.
Add a touch of magic
An opposite approach might be to hide your home behind bushes and trees to create a mysterious ‘secret garden’ feel. This is great for homes that are tucked out of the way, although you should still make it feel somewhat organised. Guide visitors to your front door via a stepping stone path which winds between plants. Add to the sense of magic with wind chimes, archways and a gate. You can even add in garden gnomes and a pond if you’re really into the fantasy theme.
Make it social
Alternatively, you can turn your front garden into a social place. This may be ideal if you don’t have a back garden, or if the front of your house catches the sun in the evening. Some decking with flower boxes and chairs can make for a nice feature. If the nosy neighbours and passers-by put you off, you could build a wall or hedges to obstruct the view (be aware however that this may require planning permission). However, if you get on well with your neighbours, you may like the fact that you can greet passers-by.
Other solutions include a patio and table area, or simply a lawn for putting deck chairs on. If you’ve got sporty kids, you may even want to put a trampoline or a goal net here.
Plant your car there
Of course, you may simply want to use your front lawn as a driveway as a way of getting your car off the kerb. There are various types of driveway from gravel to paving to tarmac – decide which one suits your property the most. Having a driveway needn’t be a reason to completely ditch the greenery – you can still add a bit foliage to the front of your house with flower boxes in the windows or a plant by the front door. Hanging baskets can be fitted on all houses regardless of whether or not they have a front lawn. Similarly creepers can make a nice rustic feature running up the side of your house.