No matter whether you have green fingers or not, everybody loves the sight of a beautiful garden. Mother nature does invoke a sense of calm within people, but perhaps not so much when a garden becomes overgrown, untamed and unruly. Perhaps, then, you become a little deterred from the prospect of gardening or transforming your outdoor space into a cozy addition to your home.
However, you shouldn’t feel intimidated by an overgrown garden. This is still part of your home, and your outdoor space should feel warm, welcoming and relaxing, rather than overwhelming and exhausting. You wouldn’t ignore your bedroom if piles of clothes started to leave the space looking a little overgrown and intimidating. At least, you shouldn’t ignore it. If you’re struggling with where to begin, here are some tips to tackle a neglected garden and turn it into a paradise.
Remove any aesthetically displeasing elements of the garden.
This is all part of the planning process for your new garden. You might have an idea of which parts you want to keep natural and which parts of your outdoor space you might want to turn into a patio area or the route through which a paved path might weave its way. In any case, you need to prepare your canvas first, as any artist would before painting a masterpiece. Okay, perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves, but crafting your garden into your ideal image is a very creative experience, and you should approach it as such. This is your space, and you can design in whatever way you so wish. This might involve removing entire trees or something as simple as de-weeding the garden.
You should begin by identifying which things will be staying, and then making a list of things to remove one by one. Don’t overwhelm you with the task in its entirety, because this is likely what put you off tackling a garden redesign in the first place. No matter how big or small your back garden, no overgrown space is too tough to handle. And, of course, you can always consider a service that deals in lawn care if you’re struggling to get the clean, pristine finish you envisioned when you started working on tidying up your backyard. There’s always a way to get the end result you want.
New flowers and plants.
The most obvious way to give your garden a fresh face is to spruce up the plants and flowers dotted around the space, because wilting or dead plants are certain to really bring the overall image down a notch, ruining the overall atmosphere and aesthetic of your garden. You could even put in a new flowerbed if the backyard is looking a little sparse and unimaginative. It’s important to opt for vivid colours, as these are the parts of nature we want to see in our back gardens. The important thing, of course, is that you have control over the nature you include or don’t include.
The manmade touch
This might mean something different for everyone, but the perfect way to give your garden that welcoming feel, rather than feeling as if you’re gazing out into the wild, is to add a few cozy, homely features. This might mean something as simple as a lick of paint on the fence or as lavish as a fancy patio looking out over your brand new landscape.