Written in collaboration with Rosana Beechum
We know what you’re thinking. Why are you talking about spring when it’s freezing cold outside and the rain only stops when it starts snowing? Well, we’re here to tell you that now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can make sure your home is ready for the sunshine to come. As we huddle inside on the sofa wondering whether to turn up the radiator or put another jumper on, this is when you should be planning how you’re going to really make the most of spring. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Make your garden more wildlife-friendly
It can be hard to feel like you are getting much inspiration from your garden during the winter months as conventional wisdom is generally that you should mostly leave it be until the frost thaws. However, we have all felt that little rush of excitement when a new family of birds decides to make your garden its home, or you hear the unmistakable rustle of a hedgehog coming to investigate the space. There are several things you can do to make your green space more inviting for animal visitors, from installing plants that provide cover and berries to installing bird baths, feeders, and houses.
Give your decking a facelift
As with so many things in a new home, the outdoor decking is often something we inherit, rather than choose. We may not really like the style but we say to ourselves that we’ll change it another time, that we will get around to it. Well, how about making this the last winter that you put up with the previous owner’s decking choices? Composite decking is an eco-friendly option that is easy to maintain and made of 95% recycled materials. So you can redecorate knowing that you’re not contributing to the never-ending issue of plastic waste in home improvement. Choose a company that offers a selection of eco-friendly options, so that you get great choice and amazing value. For example, Ecoscape UK is committed to environmentally friendly materials and they have a beautiful range of options to choose from.
Make the days last longer with some additional lighting
Spring may be just around the corner but we’re still a few months away from those lovely long days of mid-summer. The past year has shown just how important it is to get outside and see the sunshine. But to really make the most of your outdoor space, you are going to need to have a little help when it comes to keeping things light. With that in mind, why not think about where you can bring some illumination to your garden? Whether it’s installing some lights on the side of your house so you can sit around the outdoor dining table a little longer or stringing some lighting around the perimeter to highlight your plant features, there are a range of options going from minor to major installations that can stretch those hours spent outside. There is also the added bonus that outdoor lighting helps to deter any unwanted visitors to your property, which is certainly something to consider.
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