City living definitely has its perks, except when it comes to personal outdoor space. If you’re like many young professionals or empty nesters living in smaller digs, you might find that your balcony or deck just doesn’t cut it when you need a break from the concrete jungle. With a well thought-out plan and some creative ideas you can transform your small space into your very own urban oasis in the sky.
Before you speed off to the garden centre make sure you take these factors into consideration:
Check with your building’s superintendent or your condo board to find out what the rules are concerning balconies, patios or decks. Usually there are strict weight restrictions in place for safety reasons as well as prohibitions against tying anything along the railings. You’ll also want to check with your neighbours to make sure it’s okay if your plants or flowers blossom onto their balcony. Always check first, act second.
You may not realize it, but you’re working with a silent partner on this project and her name is Mother Nature. If you don’t take her into consideration, she’ll turn your whole operation upside down! For instance, if your city is hot and muggy during the summers, some plants may not thrive. If it’s really dry as well, it may dehydrate others. Smog is also a deadly offender. Be realistic about what plants are going to thrive in a city environment, as opposed to a country garden.
Clear the Clutter
When every last centimetre counts, it’s important to remove any unnecessary objects from your space to give it an open, airy feeling. If you’re using your balcony to house your bike, painting supplies, old hockey equipment and other odds and ends, you may not have room for plants. Clear up your space to make room for your greenery.