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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Are These Features Bringing Down The Look of Your Garden?

With the evenings getting brighter it’s a sure sign that spring is on the way. It might still be freezing at the moment, but hopefully it will warm up soon enough, and we can all get back out in the garden! Chances are it’s a bit of a jungle out there after a long winter, but even after the weeds are cleared, you might find there are a few features really bringing down the look. Here are some of the things you might need to sort to improve the look of your garden!

An Oversize Tree
Mature plants and trees can look fantastic in a garden, but without the right maintenance, trees can become far too large. When this happens, they can actually draw too much moisture out of the ground and disturb the foundations of your house. Plus if a tree has been planted in the wrong place it’s likely to block out a lot of light and can leave rooms in the house looking dingy and dark. Consider tree removal if it’s in the wrong place completely, otherwise, you might be able to get away with cutting it right back.

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Is a huge tree dominating your garden? (Pexels)

Rotten Decking
Decking is a fantastic addition to any garden large or small. It looks smart, is practical and can even add value to your home since it’s something buyers like. However that all applies to decking that’s in good condition. Decking lasts a long time, but it’s not indestructible. It also requires regular maintenance such as sanding and oiling, if you’ve not been doing this your decking can soon take a turn for the worst. Rotting and warping is common, this causes it to look untidy and feel unstable underfoot. If your decking is past it’s best, and there’s no coming back for it (once it’s rotten or warped it’s game over) it’s time to replace. Go with a material like composite if you want something very long lasting and low maintenance. Since this is wood fibers mixed with plastic, it’s far more durable and doesn’t need treating in the same way as regular wood.

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Ditch the warped wooden decking- upgrade to composite (Flickr)

Plastic Patio Furniture
We’re all familiar with inexpensive white plastic patio furniture. It’s something many of us buy as a stop gap just so we can sit outside on a sunny day. But let’s face it, it’s not that nice. It looks cheap, goes hurtling across the garden at the slightest gust of wind and is a bit rickety and wobbly at the best of times. Invest in something a little nicer, it doesn’t have to be high-end luxury, but there are far nicer sets you can buy these days. Garden centers and high street homeware shops are places to check out, with spring right around the corner. Good seating is essential for all of those spring/ summer barbeques and garden parties with friends and family!

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Forget cheap plastic patio furniture- go with something a little nicer! (Pexels)

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