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Since moving house in December, our focus has been all about furniture, curtains and where to put things in the house but as we have had a little sunshine recently, our thoughts have turned towards the outside space and the garden we have now. Our old house had quite a big garden but with little patio area, we didn’t really have anywhere to put our BBQ or table and chairs and we wanted somewhere a bit more separate than where Mia played. The new house has been completely modernised both inside and out and although fairly small but completely useable, the outside space seems to attract lots of wildlife even with its artificial lawn (a first for us!) and only 1 small tree! So how can we go about creating a peaceful garden for us and the local wildlife?
We love seeing birds and squirrels in the garden as we didn’t really see them at the old house despite us buying a bird house and various other bits and pieces so we knew that this would be important when looking at the outdoor space. We haven’t done a great deal yet but we have bought some solar lights to edge the artificial lawn and strung some outdoor lights up on the small tree so at night the garden is lit up and looks really pretty (it really helps we have outdoor plug sockets!) As well as the lighting, we put our bird house up in the hope we can attract some nesting birds and Mia and I chose some suet balls and 2 lots of different bird feeders in the hope we can entice some more birds into the garden. We have been fairly successful after a slow start, with a Robin who visits every day and 2 smaller birds that seem to like to eat the seeds off the floor! Hopefully in time we will get some more birds to feed in our garden!
In the next few months we would like to add some decking to the gravel part of the garden so that we can put our BBQ and probably some kind of wooden play house for Mia on a proper surface. As well as this, I have been looking at acrylic garden mirror sheets to add some depth and light to the garden. Because of where the garage is, the sun is hidden for most of the day from half of the garden and although this is will be handy as Mia can play happily in the shade, it would be nice to position some garden mirrors so that they reflect the sun’s light a bit more. Simply Plastics have a great range of garden mirrors available and with over 25 years’ experience, you know you are getting a quality product! All you need to do is choose your product, select the required size as the acrylic sheets are cut to order, and they do the rest! They can even pre-drill the holes for you so you can fit your mirror straight away. The acrylic garden mirrors are weather resistant and over 10 times stronger than glass so they are ideal for outside use. They are also great if you have children as they are shatterproof and lightweight so you don’t have to worry about little ones safety. They will definitely add a lovely finish to our garden and we could even choose some pretty colour mirror sheets to add some more colour.
I can’t wait for the sun to return and we can start fully focusing on the garden space, it will be lovely to get it done before Summer arrives so we can sit outside and have some lovely, peaceful evenings in the sunshine! What plans have you got for your outside space this year?