When it comes to improving your property, one of the most commonly neglected areas is the garden. When it’s properly maintained and has time and effort invested in it, a garden can become one of the charming places in your home, providing a delightful sense of refuge from busy modern living for the adults in the family, and a safe, healthy play space for your children.

So what can you do to revamp your garden? Now is the perfect time to start planning. With a long (and likely cold) winter on the horizon, you have plenty of hours to devote to assessing the humdrum, bedraggled mess of spent pots, tatty furniture, broken fences and jagged paving which is likely to be cluttering up your outdoor space.

To help you out, here are three great ideas for improving your garden. They might be expensive, but we think they’re a really worthwhile investment, and could add some real value to your property down the line. Loans from companies like Nemo Loans are available if you need a little help with finance. However, a Nemo Loan is secured on your home so it’s important that you are absolutely sure you can afford the repayments on a secured loan, or you could risk losing your home.

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1 – A Pergola or Similar Wooden Structure

Creating unique spaces in and around your property is one of the best ways to improve it. A pergola, wooden cover or even a walkway guided by trellis are all great ways to create a special retreat in your garden. These little hideaways make the perfect place to entertain when you have friends and family around.

 

2 – A Pond or other Water Feature

A pond, fountain or other similar water feature will almost certainly improve your garden and help to relax you, encouraging you to spend some all-important time outdoors. Having moving water in your garden doesn’t only act as a central focus point for the rest of your garden to be constructed around, but the sound of the water also acts as a calming agent. Water in your garden will attract all manner of wildlife, which nature lovers will adore, and the antics of the birds, hedgehogs and frogs that are likely to visit will keep your children entertained for hours – just make sure that you don’t leave small children unsupervised near open water.

 

3 – A Vegetable Patch

You might not realise it, but a vegetable patch can give you hours of enjoyment, as well as putting food on the table. You could even have a little business on the side, selling the excess vegetables you produce. Don’t forget to use your vegetable patch as a perfect opportunity to teach your children about sustainability.

 

So there you have it – three features you can create in your garden to make your home a more enjoyable place to live.