There have been a number of changes to the way in which we use our gardens over the years, not to mention to their size.
Construction Global revealed that the average garden in the UK has shrunk from 168 square metres in 1983 to 163.2 square metres in 2013. That means more of us are having to make do with restricted space when we’re planting and thinking about landscaping in Lancashire.
But the size of our gardens isn’t the only thing that’s changed according to the news provider, the materials and tools we use have too. It highlighted the evolution of lawnmowers, from hand tools to cylinder mowers that were powered by pushing, and finally the electric models we have today.
The materials seen in gardens around the country have also changed. Stone, timber, soil and clay may still be gardening staples, but we’ve added stainless steel, plastic and concrete into the mix too.
When you look back at how we use outdoor space, this too has evolved. During World War 2, gardens were primarily used for cultivating fruit and vegetables, whereas they became much more ornamental in the 1950s and 60s.
Now there’s a shift again, towards growing your own produce while catering for wildlife and making the space look appealing. One way to do that could be to create a wildlife meadow in your garden. Total Landscape Care recently pointed out that a meadow doesn’t have to be vast, but simply needs to be an area planted with native grasses and wildflowers.