Up and down my street my neighbours are getting underway with prepping their gardens for Summer. There are new walls going up, fencing being smartened, front lawns being ripped up and removed, and shrubbery being planted.
It seems to me that now is the time to act if you want to enjoy the outdoors when the heat wave finally touches down this year (I’m telling you it will happen)!
When I look out at our lawn it’s pretty horrific, so I know that we need to be next in line for sprucing up our outdoor space. But before I can get the contractors in to dig up the grotesque concrete and remove the uneven line of trees that really don’t help my OCD ways, I need to plan what changes I’d like to make.
Our outdoor space is actually not a bad size given that we’re in a flat. But it does need to be practical for a number of different uses.
I want a private contained space that we can enjoy in the Summer with an outdoor seating area, but I want to still have space to park the cars off street and obviously I need an area for Little London to play and enjoy. Which means the materials I need to choose have to separate the garden area into its rightful uses.
With these ideas in mind I’ve been looking at a variety of different products that I think would look good and work well. Practical and child friendly is what seems to be key for me!
1. Artificial Grass
(Photo credit: Perfect Grass LTD)
Normal grass is great, except it always ends up patchy under my care. And as soon as it’s wet it becomes near impossible to play on without mud getting everywhere, which is why I’m liking the idea of artificial grass.
Unlike astroturf of yesteryear, artificial grass has come on leaps and bounds. There are many realistic ones on the market now, and using artificial grass means no need for mowing the lawn or having to maintain the garden space. Which for me is so important as I’m not green fingered.
No weed killer or chemical fertilisers will be needed so ultimately the lawn would be a safer space for my child.
A neat, tidy green space…? yes please! Do I feel guilty for potentially getting rid of a natural habitat? A little, so I’ll stick some plant pots around to make sure I’m not getting rid of all nature! Bees will still be welcome (at a distance)!
2. Composite Decking
No garden is complete without a little space to put some outdoor furniture.
(Photo credit: TimberTech)
Decking provides that break up in lines and provides a great platform for having that space to sit and watch as your child plays without being in firing line.
We’ve had decking in a previous house, and found it needed quite a bit of care to maintain- staining and treating yearly for starts. But there’s a company called TimberTech who specialise in composite decking, which is a game changer in the decking world.
Their decking is made up of environmentally-friendly reclaimed wood and polymer resins meaning you get the combination of great looking decking, but low maintenance care.
Which as we all know is something I’m fond of 😉
Because of the combination of materials the wood doesn’t need to be treated, meaning no chemicals need be used to keep the decking looking its best. Making it more family and pet friendly.
(Photo credit: TimberTech)
The decking is also resistant to splintering (ouch), cracking, it’s non-slip and the boards are often fitted closer together so little fingers won’t get trapped.
TimberTech also have a variety of capped composite decking that offers a protective seal against any spills, making it wipe clean.
There’s a reason we have laminate flooring indoors and wipe clean kitchen units, so being able to extend that ability outdoors would certainly make my life easier and cause less anxiety! After all, who wants to panic every time a glass of red wine is drunk on the decking or spaghetti bolognese is on the summer menu!
3. Resin Bound Flooring
This flooring would be great to cover the space needed to park the cars, but it would still look neat and tidy.
Plus if the weather is nice, we could park the cars on the street opening up our outdoor space allowing Little London to have more room to roam and play.
The soft resin would be safe and protective to play on, especially as its non-slip. Plus it’s wash clean and low maintenance. There are some resin contractors that can make driveways look like they are gravelled but without the hassle of having the gravel spread everywhere!
I’ve seen my son tumble enough times down steps at the park and fall onto this material to know it does its job of protecting him if he slips.