As the months become warmer and the days longer, we are keen to get out into the garden to enjoy our private green spaces. However, if the garden is looking a little worse for wear or overgrown, it soon turns an enjoyable space into an unwelcoming one. Take the stress out of maintaining your lawn by installing an artificial grass garden and give yourself more time to relax.
There is an abundance of garden designs to base your ideas on and no two gardens need look alike with the variations in space and shape. Making your garden look good can be as intensive or as simple as you like, your only restrictions being time and budget.
Before diving into a complete garden redesign, make a rough sketch of what you’d like your garden to look like on completion. This will give you an idea of how much you need to change, the materials required and assist in the budgeting process.
Should you wish to install a below ground pond, for instance, map out the rough dimensions (including depth!). Make a list of the supplies you’ll need; pond liner, decorative stones, equipment required for filtration, fish etc. Price up the supplies you require for the project and see how that impacts other aspects of your garden design. You may need to reconsider certain design choices if the budget quickly gets taken up.
If you want to update your garden but are struggling to think of some nice designs to compliment your synthetic grass. We take you through some of our favourite artificial grass gardens ideas for bringing your private oasis to life.
Open Green Space
Your garden doesn’t need to be full of flowers to look good, having an open green space of artificial turf brings vibrant colour to your garden. While removing the risk of patchy areas, unsightly weeds and muddy puddles. Additionally, replacing your lawn with fake grass means less time spent mowing, weeding and maintaining.
It’s easy to transform an open space with the use of paving slabs, edging and building in flower beds for a splash of colour. Think about the sort of garden furniture you would like and go bold with soft furnishings such as pillows. Don’t forget to add areas of shade using parasols, awnings and trees.
Colours and Coordination
If a colourful garden is a must, build in or leave space for flower beds that you can fill with an assortment of beautiful flora. Raised flower beds can be used to break up open areas and can be added where necessary. When using flower beds to border areas, make sure to leave at least a metre depth. This allows for a variety of plant sizes making it more interesting to the eye.
When adding flower pots or beds to paved areas, consider coordinating to the colour of your slabs. Sandy coloured slabs work great with soft pastel tones, such as soft pinks and delicate blues. While paving of grey, white and black look fantastic alongside bold coloured blooms in red, orange and yellow. Alternatively, coordinate your flowers to the seasons, soft colours such as white and pink during the spring/summer switching to brilliant reds and bright yellows in the autumn.
Water and Fire
Giving your garden a feature can be an instant transformation. This could be as simple as a small fire pit to gather
Even the smallest gardens can benefit from a feature point, consider a small fountain, freestanding waterfall or chiminea.
Your garden is all extra space for your house and can be utilised with structures for storage, adding a guest room or just somewhere to unwind during the summer months. Summer houses come in a variety of shapes and sizes or can be built to your specifications. Ideal for creating a shady area to escape the summer sun and can also be used for temporary accommodation. They are easy to accessorise with garden lights and furnishings.
Adding different areas of height to your garden is an easy way to make it look more aesthetically pleasing. Terraced flower beds using stone and brick can be extremely effective while adding areas of decking brings a sophisticated atmosphere. Decking is also a fantastic way to add areas for outdoor dining with the option to add a roof for shelter against the wetter weather.
Grow Your Own
Dedicating an area to fruit and vegetables can be enormously rewarding. Not only do you get to tend to a garden, but you get to eat the literal “fruits of your labour”! Easy plants to grow include herbs, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and peas and are a great way to encourage children to get involved.
When planning for a 'Grow Your Own' garden carefully consider the sorts of plants you’d like to grow with the space available. You don’t want to overcrowd your plants or cause competition for nutrients.
Benefits of an Artificial Grass Garden
One of the biggest overhauls you can carry out for your garden is replacing real grass with artificial lawn. Laying artificial grass isn’t a difficult task, although can be labour intensive depending on the garden surface and size you are replacing. Uneven areas or slopes will need to be carefully levelled using sand or an underlay and there are several types of artificial lawn available, so be sure to investigate your options.
Fortunately, the benefits far out way the negatives. No more giving up your precious spare time to mow, weed or maintain the grass. Accessible all year round without the risk of tracking mud and grass into the house. Easy to clean by simply spraying down with water, which is particularly useful if you have pets.
You also need not worry about high foot traffic as artificial turf won’t wear down with heavy use, unlike real grass. If you are unsure about undertaking such a project, then it’s always wise to consult a professional or seek installation services.
These are just a few artificial grass garden design ideas to spruce up your garden for the summer season. Get designing, planning and go enjoy your private green slice of paradise.