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There are a lot of improvements you can make to your garden, whether it’s with a little landscaping, creating a patio to spend more time out in it, or building out a conservatory to better admire it. However, one aspect of the garden that shouldn’t be overlooked is the boundary that allows you to enjoy it in peace, privacy, and security. If your wall is in need of an upgrade or you’re building one from scratch, here are a few ideas to keep in mind.
Thinking about the materials
The first thing that you should think about is what materials are going to best suit your needs. There are four types used for walling materials, largely, but a lot of differences even within those categories. There are brick walls, natural stone walls, dry-stone walls, and dry-stone effect walls. You want to consider a range of factors, such as how well the material fits your home and exterior otherwise, your budget, and the space that you’re building the wall on. For instance, stones may be more expensive, but it’s easier to build them to accurate measurements than pre-measured bricks.
Topping those walls
The wall itself typically isn’t all that you need to consider. You want to think about what’s going to cap those walls, as well. There are different kinds of coping stones to consider, with cast stone copings being some of the most popular. These choices might seem largely aesthetic, and a wall can look incomplete without them, but they have real practicality in protecting the wall from rain, as well. There are different kinds depending on the corners of the wall, on top of that, so choose them with care.
Making room for openings
Unless you’re using a wall to entirely seclude the garden from the outside world, then you also need to think about what openings you’re going to have. Thinking about what kind of gate you’re installing and what space you need for it should be done before installation so that you make sure that you give the room that you need for it. You might also want to consider adding a viewing window, or a clairvoyee to your garden wall, which is not an easy feat to do but can really heighten its appeal.
Decorating and drawing the eye
The three choices above are going to be the primary things to think about when building a wall for your garden to make sure that it meets your practical needs. However, you might want to ensure that they’re just as attractive as they are useful. Garden artwork, such as sculptural wall panels, can be a great addition to them. Others will use crawling plant life or trellises to add a green wall effect to them, as well, but care has to be taken to ensure that the plants don’t overgrow the wall, as they can weaken mortar if given the opportunity.
Hopefully, the tips above help you decide on the wall that makes your garden a much more relaxing and reassuring place to be.