Family garden ideas

Spring is in the air, everywhere I look around. Although you wouldn’t quite think so when you look out into our garden. Squelch squerch comes to mind whether rain or shine, we just cannot seem to escape a mud bath. And so our next renovation project begins, finally our little family garden is the centre of our attention. Nearly ten years in the planning, ten years of waiting to finally have a garden which we are proud of and one where we can sit out and enjoy a summers evening in.

Nothing grows in our garden, especially the grass. Over the years the flowers have died and through lack of interest and ideas we have let it go. Occasionally we venture out in the summer and enjoy a little BBQ but sadly both Mr Hand I are more concerned with the mud spreading through the house rather than enjoying some quiet family time toasting marshmallows.

The dream is for our garden to be both beautiful and family friendly. A place where we can enjoy a little alfresco breakfast or even dinner as we watch the sunset. And lets not forget our little boy who longs for a garden he can kick a ball and play games in and lastly there is our fur baby who I know would enjoy basking in the sunshine. Delicate flowers and concrete don’t work in this space. With fencing supporting the borders of the garden, a gorgeous blossom tree in the centre providing some shade we really do need to get creative. They are the foundations we have but sadly it is far from looking pretty. I want pretty.

We’re thinking grass that looks and feels good enough to wiggle your toes in, decking filled with loungers, potted plants boasting bright pinks, orange and blue blooms, a vegetable patch for our gorgeous boy, lanterns hanging from the tree, a painted fence and maybe even a new shed. I guess we will need somewhere to store all the garden tools won’t we? We really do need to step up our game, our problem is that neither Mr H or I have the DIY skills to match our creative skills.

And just like that Mr H came up with a genius idea. Artificial grass – for years we have planted seads, spent a fortune on miracle grow type products and generally waited for it to blossom but sadly our garden just does not want to give us that pleasure. Artificial Grass Direct supply discounted, quality artificial grass to the public as well as to the trade and wholesalers. I think this is our way of saving our garden, you see we think it is the large tree in the centre of the grassy area that is preventing it from growing, neither of us are ready to cut it down as it looks so pretty in the spring and summer. This is the answer to our prayers.

The lovely people over at Artificial Grass Direct are offering one lucky family the chance to win a £150 GoApe gift voucher which can be used at any location. The perfect chance to get out and about with the kids especially since the warmer months are on there way – be sure to enter. What better way to spend the summer holidays than GoApe!

Back to our little family muddy haven, how would you save our garden?

* Disclosure – this is a collaborative post



  1. 11th March 2017 / 10:48 am

    We had the same problem with our horrible garden and had such fun making it beautiful last spring. It needs a lot of tlc again now but can’t wait for those spring/summer days out there x

    • Life As Our Little Family
      12th March 2017 / 8:08 am

      I think that’s our issue, we just keep making it look ok and then by the next year it needs it all over again x

  2. Carly
    15th March 2017 / 11:43 am

    We put artificial grass down last year along with decking and a patio (for the ugly trampoline that my two love!) – best thing we’ve done to the house in the three years we’ve been here. My boys have been out in it all winter as we have no mud at all out there and it’s really coming into its own now that the weather is getting brighter in Scotland! Would thoroughly recommend it.
    Carly x

    • Life As Our Little Family
      19th March 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Oh really, I think its definitely the way forward for our bog that is a garden!

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