In this article, we’re going to discuss all things about having a big garden and what to do with it. From ideas and how to keep it low maintenance, to comparing the ideas overall, if that’s something you’re interested in, then keep reading!
- Garden Ideas
- How to Keep on Top of a Big Garden
- Ways to Make it Lower Maintenance
- A Comparison of Garden Ideas
If your property has a big garden, then you might find it hard work to come up with ideas to fill the space and do something with it. We’re going to take a look into different garden ideas that you can apply to your own.
Firstly, when thinking about making changes to your garden to use the space, make sure you make a plan of this beforehand. It’s always important to plan ahead so you know costs, how much space will be used and what it is you’ll be needing.
The great thing about having a big garden is that you can have different zones to the garden to introduce different themes to it. These zones can be based off your own interests which might include a wildlife section to encourage bugs and insects, relaxation zone to unwind after a long day or even a vegetable patch for your own grown fruit and veg! There are so many things you can add into a big garden and by creating a zone for them, it means they have their own little space enclosed from the rest of the garden. To create a zoned area, you can use walls, fencing or arches to create this so it keeps it separate from the garden, which can also add a lot to the appearance of the garden.
The appearance of the garden is always good to think about as I’m sure you would want a nice-looking area. So, when adding things into the garden, you want to stick to themes and introduce things such as fencing and walls to cut the area off. This creates a nice and tidy look for the space.
Something you may want to think about is some shelter for the outdoors. Summerhouses and cabins are perfect to fill up some space in the garden and are also very low maintenance. They’re great for those summer days where you want to stay sheltered from the sun but still enjoy the outside. Not only can they be used to sit in but you could turn it into a dining area, bar or even a games room. They are a great thing to have in the garden that can be used for many purposes, get a lot of use out of them, take up some of the space and don’t require much maintenance to them.
With having a large garden, you can incorporate both hard and soft landscaping. This is an excellent way to bring a different feel to each area of the garden and help to use up some of the areas. Paving and decking are the hard-landscaping options that you might find good for entertainment areas of the garden such as a dining area, bar or hot tub. Soft landscaping such as turf or artificial grass is great for an area for sports and games and also adds some colour to the garden. By using both of these, you can add some character to the space and make sports and the entertainment area, feel like two very different spaces.
Pathways are a great added feature to a big garden to give it more of a statement. You may want to go for the theme of the stepping stone or a more modern, paving slab look. A path can break up the garden space and something so little can add a lot extra to the garden, it’s also very little maintenance.
Like with most gardens, you may want to add some colour to the space by adding in some flowers and plants. You might have a dedicated area to where these are in the garden, making it a relaxing yet bright area to be. Not only are they good for bringing colour in, but they’re great for encouraging insects like bees to come into your garden.
Along with all of these things, you will probably want some furniture for your garden. With having different zones and such a big space, means that you have a wider variety of furniture options. Dining tables, comfy chairs, play areas, hot tubs etc. are just a few of the ideas you can use to fill the space with something you will use and add something a bit extra to the garden, making it a nice space to be in and use.
Lighting and Decorations
Finally, we have lighting and decorations that can be used in the space to complete the look you’re after. These are the final touches to complete the garden off, so depending on what theme you want, depends on the type of final touches you’ll go for. Things such as lighting around fences or in the grass can add a relaxed vibe. On the other hand, decorative items such as mirrors, benches and shelves can be added alongside this.
These are just some ideas you can think about in terms of what to do with a big garden space and adding in your own personal touches to reflect who you are.
How to Keep on Top of a Big Garden
When having a big garden and space to fill, it can be hard to keep on top of it and manage it. If you find that you struggle to keep on top of your garden area, why not have a look at some of our tips and ideas below to help you out?
Looking after a big garden can be hard work, especially if you don’t enjoy it or don’t know much about what you’re doing. Why not have a look into getting a gardener to take the added work away from you and give you the chance to focus on something you enjoy doing? You can have a look at local gardeners in your local or even ask around to see if people can recommend anyone to do the job for you. When looking for a gardener, it’s always important to make sure you’re getting the best one for what you require. Make sure you do your research on different gardeners, look at what services they offer, prices, how local they are and most importantly, reviews. Always make sure to read up on reviews of them beforehand to make sure they will do a good job and can be trusted.
Do it Yourself
If you’re wanting to do it yourself or perhaps save some money, then you don’t need a gardener. Looking after your garden is something that can be done yourself and once you’re in the routine of doing it, you might even start to enjoy it! Make sure to read up how to look after your garden or get advice from someone who knows what they’re doing to ensure you’re doing it right! This can save you so much money and you may even find that you enjoy doing it.
Minimize What’s in Your Garden
Big gardens take up a lot of time and maintenance to keep on top of, so why not try to reduce the amount that’s in your garden? Things like flowers and plants require a lot of care and attention regularly to stop them from dying so you could look into lower maintenance plants and flowers. This way you’re still keeping your garden looking nice, but take away that extra hassle of having to look after everything in it so often. Some plants and flowers don’t require as much watering etc. so it’s worth doing some research and finding which ones are good for low maintenance.
As well as this, you could look at what’s in your garden and what could be changed to help you keep on top of it. It might be that you have a lot of furniture and decorative things in the garden which requires more care such as packing them away in bad weather etc. If there is a lot, it can be hard to keep on top of it all, so why not look at furniture that can last in all weathers and be left outside all year round? Or you could look into a good storage space for them so you can just carry them in and lock them away for the winter months?
Make a Routine
With looking after your garden, it’s good to create a routine to take care and look after the space. This can make it easier to keep on top of it and get you used to doing it. It can be hard to get yourself into the routine of keeping on top of it, so set a dedicated day every other week to doing it and write a list out of what needs doing. This can help you to maintain the garden and get into doing it.
These are just a few of the ways you can help to keep on top of your garden. It’s always good to research beforehand as you can find some useful tips and tricks on ways to helps you with it. It’s always worth giving it a go yourself as you might find it’s the perfect relaxation task for you as well as being able to keep on top of the garden!
Ways to Make it Lower Maintenance
Similar to keeping on top of your garden area, there are ways to keep the garden low maintenance, which includes what you put into your garden. We’re now going to discuss the ways you can help keep your garden lower maintenance.
When it comes to keeping a big garden, low maintenance, it can be hard to do this, along with keeping the garden looking nice and using the space. You will need to decide if you would rather have it low maintenance or use the space and fill it with some of the ideas discussed above. If you wanted to go for the option and filling the space and adding something to the garden, then it may be harder to maintain the garden and might require some more attention and care.
A good starting point would be for the grass areas, to have artificial grass as this doesn’t require as much looking after than turf. It’s a great way to give you that real grass and garden feeling, but without all the hassle of having to look after it.
Another idea is to use decking and paving slabs to use up space as these are very easy to look after and require very little maintenance. Not only are they a great way to make the garden look a bit different and add some of your own character to it, but they are great for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time maintaining their garden.
Other ideas include artificial plants and flowers that can be used in an outdoor area. You would need to do your research to find which ones can be used in the outdoors but these are excellent as they are no hassle and require no care or attention, so perfect for those who want a low maintenance garden!
Finally, you can help reduce the time spent of looking after your garden by having things that can be kept in the garden all year round and don’t require re-painting etc. in terms of furniture. Outdoor furniture can be kept low maintenance by finding suitable ones that can be kept outdoors that won’t rust or any paint won’t peel off. There are lots of different varieties of furniture available for outdoor use but it’s best to do some research and reviews to see which last the best outside.
These are just a few little ideas and tips on how to keep your garden low maintenance. It can be quite hard when you have a big garden to do this but you can still incorporate the ideas discussed at the start, along with these by opting for artificial and things that can last in the outdoors. It can be hard to get the balance right of having a nicely set out garden with your own character in it, but also being able to keep it low maintenance that doesn’t require much time to look after it.
A Comparison of Garden Ideas
As we spoke about what to do with your big garden space and some garden ideas for this, we’re now going to take a look at comparing these so you can determine better which one is best for you.
With the zones, you can use things such as fencing, walls and arches to create this appearance of a zone in the garden. However, each of these are different and can have their own pros and cons. Fencing is a great way to zone off areas to make them more private and these can be small or large fences, however, fences do require looking after and making sure they’re painted and not damaged so this is something that would need to be done each year, to ensure they are in the best condition.
Depending on the type and size of fencing, it can also be quite expensive. Walls are also a good way to create a zone away from the garden and these don’t require much attention at all. Once the wall is up, there isn’t much more to do than that, unless you wanted to paint it to add some character to it. The only thing with walls is that they can be expensive to have put up in the first place, but once they’re up, they will usually last a very long time.
The next idea talked about summer houses and cabins as a space to have outdoors, but still somewhere to shelter yourself or use for entertainment purposes. These are great for using up space and having an area of shelter that can be used for many different purposes. The downside of these are that they require being looked after regularly to keep on top of it and prevent any damage from happening to them, along with them also cost quite a lot of money. These are something that are an investment to make but also something that needs to be looked after.
Soft and hard landscaping along with pathways were an idea that can be used to add a statement to the area and create different spaces within the garden. These are great for achieving that and don’t require much maintenance either. The negative to this is that they can cost a lot of money to have done in the first place, especially if it is for a large area so sticking to just turf, may be a cheaper option.
Then, we spoke about furniture, lighting and decorations. These can add so much more to the garden area and really make it homelier. Furniture is great for being able to sit outside, but always make sure to research and look for furniture that is suitable for outdoors, although it can be more expensive. You may also need to buy a storage area for this, to ensure it keeps safe in the colder months. Lighting is also great to create a nice, relaxed yet bright look for the garden. Again, with these, you would need to find some suitable for wind and rain which can be more expensive.
To conclude, some of the ideas that we discussed can be more expensive than others and require more maintenance than others. All of the ideas are great ways to add some extra to your garden and use the big space you have so it’s always worth planning it out and deciding what it is you’re wanting and what the best options would be for achieving that.
In this article, we’ve spoken about what to do with a big garden space, from ideas to ways of keeping on top of it. There are lots of things to consider when it comes to planning your garden space and with such a big garden to fill, it can end up being quite costly. This is why it’s important to look into your options first on what you can do with the garden, plan out what it is you want to do with it and look into what you would need to achieve this. From this, you will have an idea on costs and also know what sort of maintenance will be needed to keep on top of the garden and if this is something you are willing to do. If not, you can always stick to a similar idea but look at alternatives to achieve this.
There are many different garden ideas that you can incorporate in a big garden. You can really add your personality and touch to your garden and create different zones to it. Whether it be a relaxing zen garden or an outdoor bar with games, you’ve got potential space to achieve these, whilst making it feel like you’re in separate places.
We then discussed ways you can keep on top of your big garden space and how to keep it low maintenance. Big gardens can be very hard to manage, so when planning what to do with it, it’s important to consider this and go for options that don’t require as much maintenance and looking after. On the other hand, you can always look into finding a local gardener that could help you out with a few garden jobs to help you maintain it.
I hope you find this article useful and find some tips and ideas on what you can do with a big garden and that it has helped you gain more knowledge on the endless ideas of what you can do with a big garden space.