Time to get our garden back!

*This is a collaborative post* 

There’s a whole world of stuff that still needs doing in our house – the new bathroom needs fitting, the utility needs fitting out, the downstairs toilet needs finishing off, we have no garage doors and in fact no garage roof.  However, right now that’s all by the by.  The sun is shining and I’m all about the garden ideas!

Our back garden isn’t huge by any stretch of the imagination and I guess if there was one thing I could change about our house now it would be a bigger garden with more sunshine.  (Much of the sun in our garden is blocked by our own house and that of our neighbours – we live on the wrong side of the street I think!)  Anyway, having essentially doubled the size of our house over the last year we’re not about to move for the sake of a new garden and need to make the best of what we’ve got.

With all the building work we had done last summer our garden became something of a builder’s yard and we spent much of last summer decamping to the park as there was nowhere safe to play outside at home.  We have talked a lot about what we went to do with our garden in the long term – extending the paved area, removing some of the more overgrown plants, putting down fake grass (this is bone of contention but Dave has finally conceded that I might get my own way eventually).

This is all long term though.  As in “Not this year love, we don’t have the time money!” After spending a beautiful sunny afternoon in our friends’ new back garden we I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t prepared to spend another summer with no usable outside space.  Ben’s comment of “Our garden used to be fun Mum and now it isn’t” was the nail in the coffin!

We decided that, whilst we do have lots of plans, we need to do something to get our space back for now.  The main priority has been to clear out the space; take things to the tip, move bricks etc out of the way, cut back (or even down) some of the more overgrown areas.  Whilst I was at Britmums and the kids were away Dave spent the whole weekend cutting the grass and then digging it up before levelling the garden out ready for new turf.  This will be the second time we have re-turfed the garden and whilst we know it won’t last well with three kids and a dog, if it lasts us this summer it will have been more than worth the money!

Once the turf has been laid (which is literally happening as I type) I will be concentrating on adding some colour by repainting the sand table, hanging some bunting and some planters.

Watch out for more updates on our garden makeover over the coming weeks!


  1. July 3, 2015 / 9:08 pm

    I can't wait to see how your garden turns out. Ours is a constant labour of love – I don't think it will ever be done! x

  2. July 6, 2015 / 11:53 am

    Sounds like you're determined to get some nice outside space again! I love spending time in ours, both watching the kids having fun and also pottering about my flowers and shrubs. I got into gardening a couple of years ago and it's amazed me how much I actually enjoy it now! I look forward to seeing how yours turns out x

  3. El
    July 7, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    We got artificial grass last year, we laid it ourselves and between that and laying a new patio it took nearly the whole summer. This year it's all done and dusted. No mowing no problem! An we could use it over the winter with no worries about muddy footprints all over the house. With two Labradors and two kids this is a must! It's clean and safe for kids and if the dogs "do" anything I it's it's very easy to clean-

  4. May 24, 2016 / 6:03 am

    Artificial grass would definitely lessen your maintenance duties and the use of water! You can save a lot of money from it.

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