Front gardens can be a beautiful feature of a home, increasing curb appeal with well maintained flower beds and grass. Unfortunately they’re often neglected or even completely paved over for more parking spaces! In this blog we’ll be talking about front gardens and giving some ideas on what can be done with them.
A front garden can be a real asset to a home if it’s looked after properly. Little things like watering any plants in the garden and making sure grass is kept well treated and cut regularly can massively improve aesthetics of the garden. In Britain we don’t use front gardens often, most are way too small to be used for activities. Even if a front garden is of a good size, they lack privacy, which can be a major turn off for a lot of people – especially in more built up areas.
So what’s a front garden good for? A front garden is a great way to build curb appeal for your property. Especially if you’re selling a home a front garden is one of the first things potential buyers see and can cause them to make quick decisions about whether a house is for them or not. Even if your home is not on the market, it’s important to have a front garden that looks appealing to any visitors.
Plants for a front garden depend a lot on the colouring of the house they’re in front of. A brick home could be complemented with bright white flowers, while a painted home could use different plants of a complementary colour. Of course plants in the front garden are not just an aesthetic addition, they can also be used to prevent crime. If you have windows that can be climbed into then it may be a good idea to plant prickly plants below these. Opportunist thieves would undoubtably think twice about getting a few thorns in their body! For more information about using plants to protect against crime, visit The Crime Prevention Website.
A driveway can be useful on busy streets where there might not be enough space for your car. If done nicely, they can add a lot of value to the home, especially if you live in a built up area where parking comes at a premium. If you’ve got more than one car then you may be tempted to build out a driveway, creating more parking space however it’s important not to pave the whole area.
A paved front garden can stop water from draining, causing increased risk of flooding, so make sure to think about drainage! What’s more, if the whole garden is paved over then this can decrease biodiversity, harming the environment.