As humans, we rely heavily on first impressions. Whether we like it or not, other people quickly make a snap judgement about us when they first see us, just as we do with them. This can be to do with everything from your clothes, to your makeup, to your posture. However, exactly the same principle can apply to your home. You might be a pro-interior designer, exceptionally house proud and clean. But, your guests are never going to know that if the outside of your house is a mess. Whether you have a garden or not, there are still steps you can take to sprucing up your outdoors – thus making your whole home a more welcoming place.
Most modern homes don’t tend to come with front gardens, especially if there is already a large one to the rear. At the most, it tends to be a small patch of grass – nothing major. But even this takes a little bit of care to keep looking good. You can now even get mini lawn mowers made specifically for smaller lawns. They can vary in type too, with some being a classic reel mechanism, some powered by electricity and some cordless. If you want to go that step further and get that perfect green lawn to be the envy of the neighbourhood, you’ll need to get clued up on your weeds. It is best to attack weeds during the spring and summer months before they have had a chance to root down and spread. Invest in some good quality fertilizers and be sure not to overwater your lawn.
Chances are, even if you have a small lawn at the front of your house, you will have some paving as well. This could be a simple path up to your front door, or a huge driveway capable of housing three cars. Either way, there are a huge amount of different paving patterns you can choose to get the look that’s right for you. Installing some beautiful paving will also add to the value of your home as it is considerably more attractive than brick or asphalt. Smooth, grey paving can give your home a sleek modern look, whilst cobbled paving tends to look more traditional. There are plenty of options, so consider the overall theme of your home.
Plants and flowers
Even if you have limited lawn space at the front of your home, that doesn’t mean to say it has to be completely devoid of colour. Consider investing in some potted plants to tend to instead. There are a huge range of quirky, fashionable container pots now – try stone pots for a modernist look, wooden for shabby-chic and terracotta for traditional. A huge advantage of growing plants in pots is that you have control over the consistency of the soil they grow in. If you normally have problems growing anything in your ground soil, this can be really useful. Most potted plants will grow quite happily in mixed compost. Petunias, fuschias, and pansies are all lovely plants which will grow well in container pots. If caring for your plants during winter is a little too much hassle, simply change what’s in your pots with the seasons. Pop a pumpkin in each one around Halloween, and fill them with baubles around Christmas and Thanksgiving. Easy and effective.
Even if the rest of your front garden is spectacular, an old peeling front door is, unfortunately, going to bring the whole thing down. If your door is wooden, save some money by simply sanding it down and repainting it yourself. Just make sure to leave it open whilst the paint dries otherwise you might never get back in! If you’ve had enough of your front door and have decided it needs replacing entirely, you could actually be saving money in the long run. Investing in a new door can be beneficial to both your security and your finances, as a well-insulated door can save you a lot on your energy bills.
Feel like you need just that something else to really set off the front of your home? If your front lawn space is big enough, consider installing a water feature. It will give a more luxurious look to your home and can be a real talking point. If water features aren’t your thing but you still want something special, a regular garden feature could be perfect. Just make sure it’s safe and sturdy – the last thing you need is it flying into your car!
Tell me what special things do you do in your garden??