When was the last time you stared out of your bedroom window, eyeing up your next door neighbour’s back garden?
Admit it, we all do it.
Mentally measuring the length of the grass, critiquing their taste in gnomes, wondering how much that conservatory cost; you know you do it.
Make your neighbours green with envy with these tips to getting your garden looking beautiful.
The foundation of most gardens is the grass – a beautiful green lawn can make any garden look good.
When you look up and down the road, everyone’s grass is a different colour, this is because everybody cuts, waters and fertilizes it differently, not to mention the fact that there are a variety of common grass types.
You may think your lawn needs cutting, however the longer you leave it the better.
When the grass is longer, it traps more moisture and shades the roots and soil from the sun, which means it won’t dry out and will stay green.
When you do mow it, put your mower on the highest setting and it will look neatly trimmed and greener.
To maintain your green grass, water it at around the same time every morning with regular fertilizing in early and late spring, as well as early and late fall.
When picking flowers, most people tend to focus on colour. Instead, focus more on texture and size contrasts in order to achieve a diverse, inviting outdoors space, as opposed to an area that has been purposely co-ordinated and looks unnatural.
Growing your own may take a lot of setting up, but it can be really worthwhile, money-saving and look great! With your own personal allotment you can grow anything you like, from potatoes to pole beans, radishes to rhubarb. Stick a scarecrow in there for good measure too! Why not?! A vegetable patch can really make a garden look like a practical and delicious haven.
Move away from the traditional gnomes and terracotta and find some unique garden ware that will have your neighbours saying ’Where can I get one of those?’. But be careful, don’t overcrowd your garden with accessories so much that it takes the attention away from the prettiest accessories… the flowers.
Making your garden look fabulous is a lot of fun, but make sure you regularly maintain it for all year round fabulousness!