Idea's for what I can do with my back yard to make it nicer?

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Found 11th Sep 2016
We have just had a new fence put up in our yard! woo hoo! but it still looks a bit dull, any ideas on how to brighten it up? the chairs are uncomfortable and it also gets no sun at all so a good way to heat it up would be cool too. its just a rented place so wouldn't want to spend loads on things I couldn't take with me if we move.

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The first thing I'd do is pressure wash the floor, it'll clear up alot of that moss/dirt and will look much, much better after you're done. You can also buy a patio heater to keep it warm.

Some colour is nice. Cheery effects (think Caribbean mixes like pink, orange, blue, turquoise) - depends on your taste but will definitely warm things up. You get plant pots and flexi tubs cheap in great colours.
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Even cheaper in other shops if you rake around. Plant easy things like poppies and nasturtiums etc. An acrylic mirror will give you more light. Plastic flowers in the winter for a splash! Bright tea or solar lights look nice in the evening. Paint the walls, too - sample pots of valspar from B&Q are big enough to do quite a lot. Enjoy.

They're called gardens, not yards in the UK...

katchiib

They're called gardens, not yards in the UK...


I would say that's quite certainly a yard . Yards to me are concrete whereas gardens have soil .

White wash the brick wall on the right then add some artistic beach/island/tropical scenery on it (if you're not a good artist contact your local college/university and offer a student a bit of cash and meal etc) I would assume the landlord will be OK with it as it can be painted over easily.

katchiib

They're called gardens, not yards in the UK...



A true yard is a strip of land at the back of a terraced house mostly cobbled except for a 1 square yard of earth(garden)

Get some hanging baskets . I've got loads of cheapo plastic ones that cost a quid each . They are just half ones that you can attach to the wall by a screw rather than bothering with brackets . You can get packets of 20 pansies for £3 in Morrison's and that will give you colour right through till spring .

As said, re-paint the wall white. add a couple of nails/screws to the wall and hang out some canvas pictures (places like the Range have cheap offerings). Obviously only put these out whilst you are sitting out there because they get ruined with rain and they look great believe me. Buy some comfortable furniture if the stuff already there is no good and get yourself a cast iron chiminea. Get yourself some logs and box of Kronenbourg's = Happy days

If they are yours to paint, I would paint the fence and the wall, blue would be my choice , terracotta, yellow, you get my drift anything but white. Jet wash the floor, leave as it is or paint with a garage floor paint or there's pretend grass!. Use the vertical space as well, take look on pinterest for ideas.

If you have basic DIY skills you could make something like this.

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WIll cost around £40.

gsj87

The first thing I'd do is pressure wash the floor, it'll clear up alot of … The first thing I'd do is pressure wash the floor, it'll clear up alot of that moss/dirt and will look much, much better after you're done. You can also buy a patio heater to keep it warm.



Hello, I've just read what you suggested here. I have bought a pressure washer but haven't got around to using it yet (never had one before). Parts of my floor outside my back door look like this - do I just use water or do I have to add a special cleaning solution to the water to get this up (would the pressure of the water be enough)? Thank you.

themorgatron

If you have basic DIY skills you could make something like … If you have basic DIY skills you could make something like this.[img]http://image2.gardenersworld.com/image.jpg?tag=d43d6d62-e2ea-4141-bc12-0beb665b0633&width=1536&quality=40[/img]WIll cost around £40.



This looks really nice, thank you for the link.

Sophiasky

Hello, I've just read what you suggested here. I have bought a pressure … Hello, I've just read what you suggested here. I have bought a pressure washer but haven't got around to using it yet (never had one before). Parts of my floor outside my back door look like this - do I just use water or do I have to add a special cleaning solution to the water to get this up (would the pressure of the water be enough)? Thank you.



The pressure will be more than enough, you'll wish you didn't do it sooner! Just be sure to wear some of your old clothes and goggles/glasses as the dirt that comes off will flick up alot due to the water pressure coming from the washer. It's a messy job but definitely worth it! If you really want to, you can also add some paving/concrete sealant on top after the waters dried etc, which will give it a lovely nice sheen.

gsj87

The pressure will be more than enough, you'll wish you didn't do it … The pressure will be more than enough, you'll wish you didn't do it sooner! Just be sure to wear some of your old clothes and goggles/glasses as the dirt that comes off will flick up alot due to the water pressure coming from the washer. It's a messy job but definitely worth it! If you really want to, you can also add some paving/concrete sealant on top after the waters dried etc, which will give it a lovely nice sheen.



Just wondering, would a pressure washer be alright to clean UPVC gutters, or would it be too powerful? Thank you.

Sophiasky

Just wondering, would a pressure washer be alright to clean UPVC gutters, … Just wondering, would a pressure washer be alright to clean UPVC gutters, or would it be too powerful? Thank you.



It'll be fine, I clean the front and back guttering of my house all the time with my pressure washer. When you pressure wash the paving, you want to be close with the nozzle so that it lifts all the dirt. When you pressure wash the guttering, keep the nozzle further back which will reduce the pressure on the guttering and the fixings holding it in place.

Thank you for your advice gsj87, much appreciated.

Do you know what I would do? I would place house brick all around the edge (no cement) and the I fill it all up with white sand. Make it into a beach :-) during the winter just lay a tarpaulin over.

Clean the floor (power wager should do the job), paint or stain the fence so it's all one colour and paint the wall.
At which point you'll a nice blank canvas, personally I'd ditch your currently plants (the pot is way too small for the tree fyi) and replace them with either something evergreen or some nice looking container veg (looks pretty and you can eat them).

She would look nice and brighten up your garden ;).

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Edited by: ".MUFC." 12th Sep 2016
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