Last Summer we finally got round to giving our garden a much needed makeover, much to the children’s excitement. For four children who love to be outdoors, our garden was pretty much unusable, just one big mud bath and overgrown shrubbery and tackling it had felt overwhelming. But finally we found the time to get it done and our biggest goal was to make it as child-friendly as possible.
1. Artificial grass
At the top of my list was artificial grass which, although expensive, was a real necessity. With the children and our dog, it was vital that we could create a garden which was both usable and practical, and fitting high quality artificial grass seemed to the the best way to achieve that. From the minute the grass was fitted I could have kicked myself that we hadn’t done it sooner, it is genuinely the best thing we ever did for our garden, and infact our house, and has made such a huge difference to how we use our garden.
2. Play House
I also wanted to give the children their own little space in the garden and we did this with the addition of a large playhouse in one corner of the garden. The children were absolutely over the moon with it and last Summer saw them play in it every single day, and again this coming spring. We put a little play kitchen in there, table and chairs, and they have had so much fun with it which has been lovely to see.
3. Seating area
For us grown ups, having a relaxing seating area was a real must and we have been loving our new wicker furniture this Spring. We spend a lot of time outdoors as a family and so it’s important to have comfortable seating which can be left out the entire summer without worry of it spoiling. We use removable cushions for the seats which can be taken off each day with the frames remaining.
4. A splash of colour
Having a splash of colour in our garden was important and we have done this with the addition of hanging baskets and flower pots scattered throughout the garden and patio. With us having artificial grass we no longer have flower beds but that doesn’t mean we can’t have flowers. Our hanging baskets really brighten up the patio area and the children are currently growing sunflowers and a small vegetable garden, alongside an apple tree too!
5. Patio Heater
If you spend a lot of time in the garden like we do, a patio heater is a great addition. I am always cold, so the second that sun goes in I’m heading back indoors! Now we have the patio heater I am able to stay outdoors all night long if I wish, just sitting back on our patio furniture, enjoying a drink, and making the most of our summer.
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