This summer, the garden has been our go-to safe place for visiting with family and friends – and it has become a quiet oasis from the cares of the world. I’m sure that many people are appreciating their gardens now more than ever, so today I’m pleased to share this guest post with helpful hints on transforming your garden into an enjoyable outdoor space.
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How To Turn Your Garden Into An Outdoor Oasis
There’s nothing like spending an afternoon in the garden when the sun is shining and the birds are singing. If you’re looking to make the most of your outdoor space, and you need a little help or inspiration to turn your garden into a tranquil oasis, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some tips and tricks to create your own slice of paradise.
Clearing Up And Basic Maintenance
Before you can start reaping the rewards of a stunning, serene garden, it’s essential to tackle the jobs we tend to put off. If you leave your garden for days or weeks without tending to flower beds or clearing away debris, it can quickly become messy and unkempt. Try to keep on top of tasks like getting rid of leaves and weeding, as this will save you time and effort in the long-run. If you’re starting out on a new and improved garden project, the first step is to arm yourself with a trowel, a rake and some trash bags and clear up. Once you’ve tidied up your garden, it will be a lot easier to keep it looking smart, and you’ll also be able to visualize ideas and design concepts.
Getting Rid of Unwanted Visitors
Nothing spoils a restful day in the garden like unwanted visitors in the form of garden pests. They can be a problem for homeowners and keen gardeners, and it’s always wise to take action swiftly if you do spot signs of an infestation, or you’re worried that you might have attracted hungry passers-by. Look for signs both inside and outside of the property, and seek advice if you’re worried about bees, wasps, flies, rats, mice, cockroaches or mosquitoes. Pest experts like Mosquito Authority can provide treatments to combat existing problems, as well as offering advice to help you prevent issues in the future. Once your garden is pest-free, you can enjoy the peace and quiet with no unexpected interruptions.
Seating And Chill-Out Zones
Whether you enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a busy day at work, or you try to spend as much time in the outdoors as possible, it’s always beneficial to have a comfortable spot to take in the views and unwind. There are myriad seating options to choose from for your garden, and you can buy products based on your style and taste, your budget and the amount of space you have available. If you have an entertaining area, or you have a patio or a deck, you could browse sofa sets or invest in a table and chairs. If you’re after something a little more casual or informal, you can create a chill-out zone with beanbags, oversized floor cushions, blankets, throws and lanterns.
You could also use benches and picnic tables to channel a rustic vibe, scatter sun loungers around a pool for a resort-style aesthetic or hang hammocks between trees for an exotic feel. If you have children or grandchildren, it’s a good idea to section off parts of the garden so that you have spaces for fun and games as well as adult-friendly zones where you can embrace the serenity.
Plants And Flowers
Plants and flowers can have an incredible impact on the aesthetic of your garden, but they also play an instrumental role in promoting calm and helping you to feel relaxed. Some scents and aromas are known to soothe, while others can make you feel more positive and energized. Choose scents that you love and think about how you want to feel when you’re sitting out in the garden or kicking back in your hammock or swing seat after a busy day. Lavender and chamomile have a calming influence, peppermint can help to lower stress levels and yarrow can ease anxiety.
Water features can provide a stunning focal point in any garden, but they’re also renowned for their calming impact. The sound of running water tends to make us feel more relaxed, and it can be satisfying to sit or lie in the garden listening to water splashing or trickling.
There are all kinds of options available, and you don’t need to have a huge garden to install a water feature. You can choose anything from ponds and waterfalls to classic, decorative fountains and ultra-modern wall-mounted or freestanding water features. You can make a statement in a compact yard, a family-friendly space or a sprawling country garden.
Outdoor lighting enables us to spend evenings outside and enjoy al fresco dining, but it also creates a lovely, romantic, relaxing atmosphere. Depending on the style of your garden, you can use up-lighters, wall lights, string lights, lanterns and sunken lightning for decking and walkways to illuminate the space and create a cozy, intimate feel.
If you don’t live in a rural area, you might have concerns about your neighbors or passers-by being able to see into your garden. If you would like your outdoor space to be more private, there are solutions. You can look into installing fencing or planting trees, or you could put screens up to create private areas where you can sit back and soak up the tranquility. Bamboo and reed screens are very popular, as they are inexpensive, they have a lovely, natural aesthetic, and they are versatile. If you have a hot tub, or you’d like to be able to sunbathe without worrying about anyone else seeing you, it’s worth looking at gazebos and awnings.
Do you long to enjoy blissfully peaceful afternoons or evenings in the garden? If so, it is possible to turn your yard into an outdoor oasis. Start by clearing up and tidying and getting rid of pests. Once these jobs are completed, you can focus on enhancing the beauty of your garden and creating a relaxing, soothing atmosphere. Search for plants and flowers that have a calming effect, set aside comfortable, cozy areas to sit or lie down, use water features to create a focal point and aid relaxation, opt for soft, romantic lighting and use screens, trees, bushes and fencing to add privacy.
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