Landscaping – what are the options?

If the grass is definitely looking greener on the other side, then it may be time to give your garden a makeover! As the weather seems to have taken a turn for the better, now is the time to get outside and think about what landscaping you could do in your outside area.

With so many options, we take a look at the different landscaping materials available to help you choose what would work best for your garden.

Natural stone – the maintenance free choice

For those that would like to be able to relax in their garden and not have to think about the maintenance, then landscaping with natural stone is the best choice, as it will remain in place for many, many years and all that is required to look after it is a jet wash every so often.

Natural stone doesn't just have to be the landscaping choice of the archetypal country home either, as Indian Sandstone and Granite can give a very contemporary look.

Decking – the makeover option

Thanks, in part, to TV programmes like Ground Force, using wooden decking as a landscaping material has grown in popularity over recent years. As it can be used to transform any area into an outdoor socialising space and can be installed by the DIYer, it continues to be the domain of the garden makeover.

If decking is the landscaping material for you, then make sure you think, and plan, the supporting frame, as this can be the most important part. If your supporting frame is not level, then your deck will not be either.

Decking can be a little bit harder to maintain than natural stone, as it will need cleaning, staining and sweeping frequently to ensure that it lasts.

Grass – the landscaping king

In the summer months, there is perhaps no better look than a freshly mown lawn. If you are looking to create a grassed area, then it is relatively simple.

You can soil and seed the area and wait for nature to do her thing, however, this will take time so is not a quick fix. Alternatively, purchase turf and lay it over the soiled area. This will give you an instant lawn, but you will need to take care of it for the first few weeks to allow it to bed in.

Artificial grass – the new kid on the block

Over the last couple of years, a new landscaping kid on the block has emerged. As sales of artificial grass have grown, the quality of the product has followed suit and in some cases, you would be hard pushed to spot the difference between the artificial stuff and the real thing.

Due to its ease of maintenance, it has become the choice for those that have relatively small areas, or rooftop gardens, but whether it will take over the landscaping crown of the real thing is yet to be seen.

If you are looking to give your garden a makeover and get it ready for the summer, Chandlers has a wide variety of landscaping options to suit all tastes and budgets. Their expert staff will be able to give you advice about how to make sure it is laid to give a professional finish. Find your local branch by clicking here.

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