How to make the most of your gardens and outdoor spaces

LAURUS LIFE | Homestyle

How to make the most of your gardens and outdoor spaces

LAURUS LIFE | Homestyle

Time outdoors is even more important than ever before.

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2020 has been a year that has seen us all spending much more time at home than we would normally, meaning that the chance to spend time outdoors was even more important than ever before. Even when the garden centres and recycling centres were closed, people who would never have called themselves keen gardeners before were tempted to pay more attention to their gardens.

With a warm and sunny spring brightening up those early weeks of lockdown, having a garden meant it was easier to enjoy some fresh air and a connection with nature outside of our one form of exercise a day. Since lockdown restrictions started to be eased, gardens have played an even more exciting and emotional role as the place where we could finally have socially distanced family reunions.

This is how important our gardens have been to us through these difficult times, so if you’re looking to move into your dream new home with Laurus and want to know how to get started with a garden, we’ve got some tips to help you make the most of those outdoor spaces.

Now’s a great time to achieve this, thanks to the stamp duty holiday and our incredible summer offers. Reserve one of our stunning homes before the 30th September 2020 and we will pay your mortgage for 12 months*. Those savings could give you a much bigger budget than you might have imagined to spend on the garden of your dreams.

Here are some gardening tips to inspire you:

How to build a raised bed

  

Another impact of lockdown has been lots more of us starting to grow our own vegetables, inspired by the spirit of self-sufficiency at a time when the supermarket shelves were looking bare. A great way to do this in style is to build a raised bed, because it keeps them safer from pets, pests and children, as well as producing better results across a longer growing season than if they were in the ground.

  • Firstly, you need to plan them carefully, working out how large they need to be, how many you want and making sure you’re allowing easy access to each of them, so you don’t need to step on them.

  • Next you need the materials. For smaller raised beds, you can buy ready-made kits, but if you’re more adventurous you can create your own using timber, stone, paving slabs or bricks.

  • To get started, you need to clear your site of any existing vegetation and make sure it’s level, something that should be much easier in a new home without someone else’s gardening projects to dig up.

  • Once you have put in the sides of your raised bed, cultivate the underlying soil with compost or manure In a deep raised bed: you may need to remove the topsoil and replace with subsoil or rubble before adding the topsoil again.

  • You should now be able to try planting vegetables, soft fruits like strawberries, herbaceous perennials and even small trees and shrubs.

How to build a raised bed

  

Another impact of lockdown has been lots more of us starting to grow our own vegetables, inspired by the spirit of self-sufficiency at a time when the supermarket shelves were looking bare. A great way to do this in style is to build a raised bed, because it keeps them safer from pets, pests and children, as well as producing better results across a longer growing season than if they were in the ground.

  • Firstly, you need to plan them carefully, working out how large they need to be, how many you want and making sure you’re allowing easy access to each of them, so you don’t need to step on them.

  • Next you need the materials. For smaller raised beds, you can buy ready-made kits, but if you’re more adventurous you can create your own using timber, stone, paving slabs or bricks.

  • To get started, you need to clear your site of any existing vegetation and make sure it’s level, something that should be much easier in a new home without someone else’s gardening projects to dig up.

  • Once you have put in the sides of your raised bed, cultivate the underlying soil with compost or manure In a deep raised bed: you may need to remove the topsoil and replace with subsoil or rubble before adding the topsoil again.

  • You should now be able to try planting vegetables, soft fruits like strawberries, herbaceous perennials and even small trees and shrubs.

Top tips for planting containers

  

Another excellent way to create displays of plants, flowers, vegetables, fruits and herbs around your garden is to use containers. They’re versatile and can be placed wherever you want for maximum impact, so here are some tips to help you get started:

  • When picking containers, make sure you get one that is ‘frost proof’ terracotta rather than ‘frost resistant’ if you want to keep them out over winter, otherwise they might crack in cold temperatures.

  • Alternatively, choose imitation plastic or fibreglass terracotta containers, which also have the advantages of being lighter and easier to move.

  • Make sure they have adequate drainage by choosing containers with holes at the bottom.

  • For short-term planting, use multipurpose peat-free compost, with a soil-based compost for longer-term plants.

  • Fill the container up with compost, leaving room for the plants at the top, remove them from their pots, being careful to tease out the roots and place them in the compost. Make sure the surface of the compost is level with the top of the ‘rootball’ the plant came in.

  • Water around the plants to settle any air pockets in the compost.

  • The best time to plant permanent plants is in early spring, though you can do it any time until early autumn. Summer-flowering plants should be planted in May to avoid the risk of frost. Anything you’re planting for the winter should be planted in late summer or early autumn.

  • Start feeding the plants around four weeks after planting. Check the compost in your containers between April and September every day and water if dry.

Top tips for planting containers

  

Another excellent way to create displays of plants, flowers, vegetables, fruits and herbs around your garden is to use containers. They’re versatile and can be placed wherever you want for maximum impact, so here are some tips to help you get started:

  • When picking containers, make sure you get one that is ‘frost proof’ terracotta rather than ‘frost resistant’ if you want to keep them out over winter, otherwise they might crack in cold temperatures.

  • Alternatively, choose imitation plastic or fibreglass terracotta containers, which also have the advantages of being lighter and easier to move.

  • Make sure they have adequate drainage by choosing containers with holes at the bottom.

  • For short-term planting, use multipurpose peat-free compost, with a soil-based compost for longer-term plants.

  • Fill the container up with compost, leaving room for the plants at the top, remove them from their pots, being careful to tease out the roots and place them in the compost. Make sure the surface of the compost is level with the top of the ‘rootball’ the plant came in.

  • Water around the plants to settle any air pockets in the compost.

  • The best time to plant permanent plants is in early spring, though you can do it any time until early autumn. Summer-flowering plants should be planted in May to avoid the risk of frost. Anything you’re planting for the winter should be planted in late summer or early autumn.

  • Start feeding the plants around four weeks after planting. Check the compost in your containers between April and September every day and water if dry.

Contact us

  

Raised beds and containers are just two ways you can use your gardens to start growing beautiful plants and flowers as well as saving money by growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs. If we’ve inspired you to start dreaming of your ideal garden, why not get in touch with our team and see which Laurus home is right for your gardening ambitions?

Contact us

  

Raised beds and containers are just two ways you can use your gardens to start growing beautiful plants and flowers as well as saving money by growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs. If we’ve inspired you to start dreaming of your ideal garden, why not get in touch with our team and see which Laurus home is right for your gardening ambitions?

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