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Our Garden Makeover

garden makeover

Over the past couple of months we have been making some big changes to our garden. It’s only a small space but it was once full of random garden furniture, toys, dying grass and tons of weeds. Now it’s a bright, colourful and low maintenance space for us to enjoy as a family.

The first thing that we did when we started working on the garden was to repaint the kids play house and clear it out. It had become more of a storage shed rather than a playhouse, which wasn’t fair on the kids. We’ve now bought a proper storage shed, which is at the very top of the garden on our very small concreted area (which you can’t actually see in these photos) and we’ve put everything in there so now the kids are free to play happily in their little house!

If you would like to see some before and after photos of the playhouse and details of what paint we used, see this post.

Bunting – Wilko, Door handle – Wilko

In terms of the grass, we had talked about artificial grass for a long time but had always decided that we couldn’t justify the cost. Each year when the weather started improving we’d look at the state of the grass and throw some grass seeds at it in the hope of bringing it back to life, but it never happened. James decided that this year he was going to rip it up and lay some turf as it was in such bad condition. But when we started to look into the cost of turf vs artificial grass we found that there wasn’t a huge difference so just decided to bite the bullet and go for the artificial grass.

We got ours from here but it’s available in loads of places these days and there are SO many different options and types available, ours isn’t the best quality but it suits us just fine.

James laid the grass himself, he’s no professional but I think he did a really good job. The grass was pretty uneven before so he spent a lot of time levelling it out, laying weed control fabric and a layer of sand before putting the artificial grass itself down. It was a long and messy job but I’m so glad we did it.

Our garden is in three sort of sections or levels, so there’s the area at the bottom where the playhouse is, then the main grass area and then at the top we have an area where we have all of our garden furniture. Everything is new and I will link everything underneath the photos.

I’m considering moving the playhouse up to the top though, where the furniture currently is and then moving the furniture down to the bottom, what do you think? The top used to be decked but it was really badly done so it was just easier to take it up and grass the whole garden, and I think it make it look bigger.

Planter – Littlewoods

Bistro set – Very

Chairs – B&M

Pineapple lights – Dunelm 

As I mentioned earlier, our garden is extremely low maintenance now, even down to the plants which are all artificial ones from IKEA! I used to love gardening but since the kids came along and life got super busy, we just don’t have the time or energy for it anymore. Although we are planning to get a big planter soon and grow some sunflowers, I think the kids will love seeing who’s grows to be the biggest!

Artificial plants – IKEA

Colourful pots – IKEA 

And a few last photos, because I’d just got a new camera lens and was playing about with it! As you can see it was just me and the dog on this day as both kids were at school…

I think I’ve linked where everything is from but if I have missed anything then please do leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.

What do you think to our garden?

Thanks for reading.


1 Comment

  1. May 24, 2017 / 9:15 am

    A beautiful garden, Emma! I love what you’ve done with it. It just goes to show, it quality definitely beats quantity every time! Although you don’t have the biggest space to work with, you made the absolute most of it.