In the fast-paced world and everyone trying to make ends meet, very few people get time to relax and unwind. Nevertheless, using the limited free time you may have to create a relaxing environment in the house, and in the backyard is one of the best ways to relieve yourself of everyday stresses. A flower or vegetable garden, for example, can help distract you away from work-related stresses, thus enriching your mind and soul.
Outlined below are a few ideas and tips on how to create a relaxing environment/garden in your backyard.
- Create a quiet secluded space
A secluded, reserved space in the backyard provides you with an ideal way to de-stress. You, however, need to block out sounds and sights that may be distracting, with either trees, hedges, wall, or even a fence to create the sense of isolation and privacy needed. According to Tree Center, tall plants, crawlers, and trees can come in handy in blocking anything unsightly, as well as improve privacy within the garden.
You could also build a summerhouse or arbor within the garden instead of fencing off the garden. Summerhouses and arbors not only protect you from the sun but also offer shelter where you can sit and enjoy the cool scenery while breathing fresh cool air. Many people use their arbors and summerhouses to complete or work on projects away from the office, telephone, or doorbells.
- Create a personal space
With the summerhouse or fence set, the next step would be creating private space where you will be relaxing, practice yoga, or meditating. Nothing is more fulfilling than practicing yoga in the cool serenity of a quiet garden. You can even use aquaponics technique if you want to grow plants without using soil. Simply throw a town down or mat on the decking (or lawn) and get going. The harmonious natural surroundings make it possible to meditate and reach out to your inner self without any distractions.
Other activities that can help you relax while in the garden include reading a novel, meditating, drawing, and painting. If painting or drawing isn’t your thing, you can try using a coloring book to help you relax after a stressful day at work.
- Walk barefoot on the lawn
Walking bare feet around the garden gives a massaging sensation to your feet, thus an excellent way to connect with nature. You, however, need to ensure the lawn is well trimmed and cared for, and that it doesn’t have any stumps or sharp stones that could harm you. If the lawn is too damaged or sparse, you can then consider going for the artificial turf. The latest advances in artificial lawn technology have seen lawns that feel great under the feet, and has the same quality and feel like natural grass. Some of the artificial turf on the market today dry quickly after a shower, hence a preferred choice for many.
Decking is also an option you could explore considering it is warmer and softer than cold paving. Investing in hard landscaping with artificial turf can help bring out the best out of decking and the lawn. You however need to ensure all nails and screws are firmly in place to avoid injuries. Any broken or cracked boards should be replaced before working barefoot on the same.
- Learn to relax
Learn to make the most out of good weather by having your breakfast outside, and even play with the kids on the lawn. You can also have a cup of tea or coffee in the summerhouse, on comfortable coffee sets, or just relax with friends and family in the garden. This should help your mind wander away from work-related stresses and relax.
If you prefer having some ‘me’ time, then consider reading on one of our swings, or the comfortable sun loungers. Adding a bench to the sunniest part of the garden can also give you a reason to want to sit and relax in the garden every day.
- A little gardening is healthy
If you love your fruits and veggies fresh, a little gardening can give you more than you need. You can turn your backyard into a garden, where you could grow veggies, fruits, and even try aquaponics. If you, however, are into gardening, then consider taking it a notch higher by investing in a greenhouse. The greenhouse will make it possible for you to grow fruits, flowers, vegetables, etc. from seed all year round.
You can start out small by going for low-maintenance perennial crops. Other than the occasional pruning and weeding, these plants won’t demand much from you. Be sure to add some evergreen options in the mix to make the garden look good and beautiful throughout autumn and winter.
You’ll need to choose your plants wisely for your garden. Go for plants that produce cooler tones during summer, and brighter ones with silvery grey, white, or even calm blues for winter and autumn. These should help bring a feeling of tranquility and harmony in the garden.
- Tune to summer sounds
The sound of rippling water, birds, and insects are soothing to the soul. You don’t necessarily need a natural waterfall to add this effect to your garden. A small water feature should do the trick quite well. Investing in a few hundred dollars worth if water fountain can transform your garden significantly. You could also hang wind chimes to add a musical touch to the garden as well.
- Add some wildlife to the mix
Watching nature at work in your garden can be exciting. Go small-scale with this by adding a small fish pond to the garden. Be sure to choose the right fish for the pond. Fish feed on plants and tiny organisms that should be readily available in the garden. You’ll however have to keep herons, cats, and even dogs away from the pond or garden to keep these alive. A netting fence should do the trick quite well.
Adding flowering plants to the garden should attract bees, butterflies, and other insects attracted by the smell of fresh nectar. A bird feeder can also help encourage birds in the garden too, hence more wildlife to watch during your free time.
- Add fragrant herbs to the garden
Thyme, rosemary, clematis, honeysuckle, and the sweet-smelling lavender are some of the most recommended herbs for small gardens. These herbs help fill up space and surrounding areas with fresh, delicious fragrances. The pretty jasmine herb, for example, produces a sweet aroma after the sun goes down, hence should be considered too.
Plant these herbs in different areas in the garden to ensure their fragrances aren’t concentrated in just one area.
- Add outdoor heating and lighting
Your garden can also come quite in handy in the evening. You’ll however need to add outdoor lighting and heating to help keep you warm when temperatures drop. A roaring fire, kept at a distance, should help add some light and warmth to the garden too.
Calm outdoor lighting should help add a relaxed ambiance to the garden as well. Invest in lanterns around the garden, and ensure they are strategically placed to provide the much-desired ambiance. Adding bulbs on low-hanging tree branches and around pergolas is a creative way to add a magical look to the garden.
- Keep the garden tidy
Untidiness in the gardens should be avoided at all costs. No one wants to live in a dirty environment. In addition to raking dry leaves and other forms of dirt in the garden, consider adding several litter bins in the same. Devote a good chunk of your time a few times a week to collect litter and any dirt in the garden. You also ought to prune overgrown twigs and branches to keep the garden tidy as well.