5 Tactics That Will Help You Achieve A Thoroughly Modern Family Garden | Modern Mummy

Sunday, 30 December 2018

5 Tactics That Will Help You Achieve A Thoroughly Modern Family Garden

Imagine a garden that looked neat and tidy with minimal effort, but still provided an attractive outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy! Well, that is precisely what a modern style garden can do, as long as you design and create it right. Luckily, this is a topic you can find out more about in my post below.

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Minimise the grass 
One of the characteristic features of a modern garden design is that the amount of lawn is reduced. It's not that is abolished altogether mind you, it's just that grass tends to look a great deal neater and be easier to maintain if it's contained. To that end, many modern gardens combine squares or rectangles of grass, along with paving and decking, creating a function, yet minimal look.

Of course, to keep your grass look at neat as possible you will need to both install it and maintain it in the right way. When it comes to laying the turf, it is well worth spending the time and effort to ensure the ground is as flat and level as possible. Something that will not only enhance the look of your lawn but also make it super simple to mow.

Additionally, try to steer clear of more organic lawn borders and beds and go for clearly delineated borders with wood, concrete, or raised beds instead. Then with a little work with a garden strimmer you will be able to keep the edge look sharp and clear no matter what the time of year.

Create some shade 
Next, if you are looking to create a workability family garden with modern features, making sure that there is some shade where you can all eat, or simply just enjoy being outside is a must.

Of course, you have a range of option available to you for this including creating a covered terrace or even using a large piece of canvas to create a sail that will shade the space underneath it.


Grow your own 
Another feature that modern gardens need is the ability to provide produce for the home, something that is likely to only increase in popularity as time goes on.

Of course, it is often a greenhouse that is key to achieving a viable crop, as this help to provide seedlings with the necessary heat, light, and humidity that they need for a healthy start in life before they are planted into the garden proper. Sadly, the issue with this is that until very recently greenhouses have not been a feature that blends well into a modern style garden.

Luckily, with products like Cultivar greenhouses now on the market this needn't be a concern. In fact, you can even get custom built greenhouses in a very modern style that will enhance the look of your outside space, rather than looking out of place. Something that means growing food even in modern style garden is something that is achievable for many families.

Water features 
A key aspect of many modern style gardens is the integration of a water feature such as a fountain, pond, or even stream. Of course, the execution of this needs to match the style of your outdoor space, and that means moulded Rocco fountains with cherubs are out.

Instead, consider integrating a sunken pond in a rectangle style into your design. This being an addition that can not only look aesthetically pleasing but break up the lines in your garden, and add some texture as well.


Alternatively, you may wish to install a modern style foundation, something that you can get in either spherical or rectangular designs. These can be particularly effective too, as they provide a relaxing trickling sound, and can be run on solar power, and without direct access to a water source. Something that means you can position them anywhere in your outdoor space for maximum effect. 

Temperature control 
Finally, while family gardens of the far future may be space where we can control the temperature completely, we aren't quite at this point yet. However, including features in the garden such as a fire pit or outdoor heater can help you ward off the cold, and get as much use as you can from your outside space all year round as a family.


Of course, fire pits will need to be installed in a manner that not only fits with the modern design but is safe as well. Alternatively, outdoor heaters can be positioned high above seating areas which means there are much less likely to pose a safety risk for younger members of the family. Something that perhaps make the latter a more practical addition to a modern, family garden.


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