October 18, 2022
We understand it might be tricky to make roots in a rental property; you don’t know how long you’ll be there, or you’re unsure what you can and can’t change. But if you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space, no matter the size, there are so many benefits that come with making the most of your own personal Eden.
This blog lists all the things you need to consider if your rental property does have a garden and how you can spruce it up, from adding outdoor lights and accessories to refreshing its lawn or changing the layout.
THE BENEFITS OF UPDATING YOUR RENTED GARDEN
Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, but whether you have a boutique balcony, paved patio or a turfed terrain, adding your own personal touch and keeping on top of those gardening tasks bring a lot of positive perks, such as:
BUT WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GARDEN IN A RENTED PROPERTY?
This can vary depending on the type of property, location and terms on the lease. Check with your landlord about what you can update and who’s responsible for which gardening jobs, including:
If you do spot any issues your landlord is responsible for, make sure you address them straight away to avoid them becoming a bigger and costlier problem.
RENTAL GARDEN INSPIRATION
There are so many unique ways to transform your garden that we’ve had to rein in our excitement! We’ve listed our top 7 garden ideas to get the most from your homely haven:
1.DOT SOME POTS ABOUT
The great thing about potted plants is they’re easy to update depending on the season, they match any budget, and you can take them with you if you do move. No matter the size of your garden, there are lots of creative ways you can introduce plants from hanging baskets and balcony pots to outdoor ladders and DIY herb gardens. They can also sit on any type of landscape including turf, decking or paving.
Whichever way you choose to spruce up your space, use a good quality soil to ensure your plants, herbs or veg get the nutrients they need and don’t forget to water them! You could also use a mulch or bark on top to add different textures.
2.CREATE A WILDFLOWER GARDEN
Wildflower gardens are becoming increasingly popular for their natural raw beauty and easy maintenance. They include a mix of seeds to create a variety of colours, smells and heights that’ll attract an array of wildlife.
What we love most about creating a wildflower garden is that it can be as big or small as you like. Our wildflower turf is available in a range of sizes, so you can add a burst of buds to your borders or dedicate a section of your garden to these beautiful blooms.
3.LANDSCAPING LARGE GARDENS
If you’re lucky enough to have a large outdoor space, then there’s a lot more you can play with. Like we said, check your lease terms but if you’re able to update your garden why not section it into different areas? Add decking and garden furniture for a perfect place to perch, establish raised flower beds with sleepers or give your lawn a complete refresh with new, high-quality turf . Even if your landlord is responsible for the garden, you can always share your ideas (and George Davies Turf’s products), as it’ll be an investment in their property and their tenants.
4.FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT
Did you know that our artificial turf is available in different sizes? Meaning you don’t need to pay to have your whole lawn replaced. If you have a small garden or even a balcony, a roll or two of artificial turf makes a gorgeously soft, grassed spot for you. And with minimal maintenance, it’s a quick and easy way to keep your garden looking fresh all year round.
5.ADD SOME ACCESSORIES
A quick and easy way to make a rental property feel like home is with little touches including outdoor lights (ideally solar lights), that allow you to enjoy extended evenings outside. Other additions such as ornaments and bird feeders add a pop of personality to your space and if you do have a small garden, then mirrors are a fantastic way to give the illusion of a larger space.
6.LOOK AFTER YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE
Even if you’re not that green fingered, there are small gardening tasks you can do that involve minimal maintenance but have a big impact on how your garden looks, such as mowing your lawn and trimming hedges as well as weeding or deadheading flowers. By doing these tasks on a regular basis, ‘gardening’ doesn’t become so daunting and stops your backyard from becoming overrun, encouraging fresh growth. It’s also nicer for you to look out on and enjoy.
7.STOCK UP ON STORAGE
We do recommend stocking up on garden essentials and somewhere to store them so they’re always on hand. Again, if you do move you can take these with you. Depending on your available space you can choose between benches with hidden compartments, sheds, boxes or tool sheds to store everything from fertiliser and topsoil, to garden cushions and furniture.
ALL YOUR LANDSCAPING NEEDS
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in your rental property or what type of garden you have, our friendly team at George Davies Turf have a wealth of experience and creative ideas to get your garden the way you want it. Just get in touch.