This month we heard the news that we will soon be able to spend time outside in our gardens and parks with friends and family. With that in mind, you might want to give your outside space a revamp. However, when you’re renting a property it can be difficult to make your home exactly how you want it to be without worrying about causing any damage resulting in losing your deposit.
The latest research from Boiler Plan has revealed that Google searches for how to update a rented outdoor space has seen a big leap. Searches for ‘DIY balcony ideas’ have risen by 586%, searches for ‘garden ideas’ have increased by 167%, while ‘gardening in a rented house’ searches have gone up 29%.
With that in mind, here are some great ways to put your personal stamp on your garden without causing any permanent changes – making them perfect for rented homes.
Potted plants and hanging baskets
Some well-placed potted plants can transform your balcony, deck or garden into an oasis full of beautiful flowers and greenery. Invest in pots that aren’t too big so that you can easily take them with you when you move. Hanging baskets can also make any garden look impressive, adding a pop of colour to any doorway or patio. Fill them with plants that are easy to care for.
Home furnishings outside can help you to create a comfortable, cosy space. A splash of colour can transform a dull area – use rugs, seating with water-proof cushions, stand-alone hammocks and side tables with bright pots.
Grow your own
Over the last 12 months there has been a spike in people wanting to grow their own vegetables and allotments have never been in such high demand. Although your landlord is unlikely to allow you to dig up their garden you could investing in a clever planter. Using vegetable bags and pots you can grow your own food without using the garden grounds.
Fire pit and lighting
One of the biggest trends as a result of the pandemic is fire pits and fairy lights. A fire pit enables us to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather, especially on chilly evenings. They are freestanding and perfect for renters as they pose no risk to the garden. Fairy lights or solar-powered lighting are an affordable way to add some ambience to your garden. Try weaving fairy lights through a garden screen or stringing them across the fence.
Revamp your outside space with a garden screen for a decorative feature and to cover up any unsightly areas or give you privacy from neighbouring gardens or balconies. Again this is something that can go with you when you move on to your next property.