Working with a courtyard garden might seem quite daunting at first. Certainly, when you’re trying to consider how to make the most of the space it might feel as though there’s not a lot you can really do with it.
The reality however couldn’t be further removed.
If you’re looking to remodel your outdoor space, there are many different courtyard garden ideas, with each idea using almost every inch of the space to create something that feels both bigger than it actually is whilst retaining a comfortable, cosy environment to unwind of a Sunday evening.
One way you can look to maximise your space is to lay some artificial grass.
If you live in an urban environment, you might have previously found it hard to keep the grass looking lush and green. You might have also found it doesn’t grow as well as it might do in, say, a suburban garden.
If then, you live in an urban home with a courtyard garden, you might want to consider laying an artificial grass instead, which comes with a host of benefits.
By using artificial grass, not only with it not require mowing – which you might not have the time to do – it’s a wholly low-maintenance option, meaning if you don’t have a lot of time, you can lay it once and not have to worry about it again. It won’t fade, unlike conventional grass, meaning you will always have a green garden no matter the weather or season.
If you’ve got a young family looking for somewhere to play, or you’re the complete socialite looking to host dinner parties al fresco (lockdown restrictions pending in your locale, of course), owing to the hard-wearing nature of the product you can quite easily install play equipment or outdoor dining furniture on artificial grass without any concern of damaging it.
Working with the space you’ve got:
If you’ve decided you’re going to lay some artificial grass in your garden, the next step is to set some goals you’re looking to achieve and establish how you’re going to go about using it.
For instance, do you want to cover the whole area with a fake lawn, or would you look to use it in a small part of the garden in conjunction with something else, such as a patio area or shrubbery?
Typically with a courtyard garden, you’ll find it will be visible from the interior living space of your home. If you’re looking to make the most of the space, why not consider extending this interior living space and bringing it outdoors?
By putting an outdoor table and chairs on the garden, you can create an open-plan living quarter. Adding plants around the area can be a great way to create an air of privacy and seclusion, but also means you can change the colours with seasonal plants. And by laying artificial grass, you can have a great base to work with that feels great under foot.
Choosing the right grass:
When you’ve decided on the goals you’re aiming to achieve within your garden, and you’re looking for the right grass, it might look initially to be daunting – especially with the wide range of choice available.
The best thing to do when selecting your grass is to set a budget and work within that framework. You’ll be able to get an idea of what varieties are available within your price point to refine your garden idea.
As not all grass is the same, with some designed for specific purposes, it’s also recommended to get samples to be able to establish how the actual type of grass feels. For instance, some types have shorter blades, whilst some have longer, thicker blades to give a more luxurious feel.
Depending on where you purchase your grass from, you might be able to take advantage of their in-house installation team. Alternatively, it might be that you want to install it yourself. If that’s the case, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
The ground will require some preparation before installation, including weedkilling to ensure nothing untoward creeps up. You can also use a weedkilling membrane in conjunction to give as much protection as possible.
Additionally, you will want to rake the soil underneath to create a flat and level area before laying, and add some edging boards and posts for support.
No matter what space you’ve got in your garden, there’s always something you can do to maximise your space. Artificial grass is a great method for giving your garden some vibrancy, whilst giving you space to relax outdoors. Whatever your goals, installing artificial grass will go some way to making your house a home.