Whether a private front garden or a communal garden for flats, make either space welcome for humans, pets and widllife. Also consider that large trees could block out light or affect the foundations for others.
The Organic Natural Paint Co recommends Graphenstone and Auro for exterior walls, to protect walls from heat/moisture, and improve insulation. Lifetime is a nontoxic varnish and linseed paint is good for doors/frames (highly flammable, so store leftovers in water).
pet-friendly front gardens
- Learn how to make gardens safe for pets by knowing toxic plants and other items to avoid, and don’t face foliage to outdoor windows, to help stop birds flying into windows.
- Change oil and antifreeze in enclosed areas to avoid spills (and use a funnel – ideally have your mechanic do it).
- Avoid rock salt as it’s toxic to wildlife and burns paws when pets go inside to higher temperatures. Rinse paws with warm water after walking in snow.
- Ensure organic grass to avoid chemicals affecting nearby dogs.
ideas for a front garden makeover
- Keep things subtle to not negatively affect the prices of neighbouring properties. Remove ‘path clutter’ and use solar outdoor lighting that goes off when not in use, to avoid light pollution. Reprot broken street lights to Fix My Street.
- Live simply to avoid overflowing rubbish bins. Some people like to add trellis around bins, to fit in with gardens.
- Clean your windows naturally and donate, recycle or sell cluttery knick-knacks to instead make a picture window to enjoy from the sofa. This lets natural light in, although block off areas so children/pets can’t access outdoors, if not safe.