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Make the most of your small outdoor space with these easy tips


ummer is meant to be spent outside; enjoying the sunshine, green

landscapes, and firing up the grill. Luckily, you don’t need to have a huge backyard or be an expert gardener to reap the bene- fits of your outdoor space this summer. According to Mark

Cullen, Home Hardware’s Gardening Expert,


those with limited space can enjoy the outdoors by following a few simple tips: Get Personal

The best way to maximize your small

space is to determine how you would like to spend most of your time outdoors; whether it’s entertaining, playing with the kids, lounging or gardening, your answer will determine the ideal layout and will help you prioritize which elements to incorporate. Great features for small spaces include folding or stack- able patio furniture to help maximize space, solar lighting for ambiance, or a trellis for natural privacy and a sound barrier.

Look Up Vertical gardening is a smart way to

incorporate greenery into a small space. Plant stands and hanging planters are useful for not only freeing up ground area and minimizing pesky weeds, but also providing a decorative element to

your garden. For those that prefer to grow their own produce, hanging planters are ideal for vegetables and herbs to maximize your area. Keep in mind that 90 per cent of plant health success is the result of soil nutri- tion. It’s worth investing in a high-quality soil mix specially formulated for use in containers to maxi- mize plant growth and

keep your vertical garden thriving all summer long.

Water Plants not rooted straight in the

ground are typically exposed to direct sun and wind and need to be watered more frequently. To save time and ensure your plants continue to grow, consider investing in a self-watering patio planter. Designed for growing plants in tight spaces, these planters will ensure your plants remain hydrated even when you are away on summer vacation or heading to the cottage for the week- end. Mark’s Choice Self-Draining Clear Hose is another space-saving option that will help keep your garden healthy and your outdoor space tidy - the hose shrinks to a third of its width after use and is freeze proof and kink resistant. For more outdoor projects and prod-

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