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When the weather starts to warm up, there is no better place to relax than your own backyard. No matter the size, gardens are supposed to be a source of enjoyment and refuge. They are meant to act as an outdoor oasis, providing space to relax, unwind, and have fun. Those living without gardens often dream of having them, but, once they do, don’t use them to their full potential. With that in mind, here are six ways to transform your garden into a relaxing haven.
Clear Away The Clutter
Clutter can cause a great deal of stress, whether it’s inside your home or outside. For this reason, the last thing that you want is to clutter up your outdoor oasis. Thankfully, this is easily prevented. All you need to do is go through all of your outdoor belongings, throwing away what you don’t need. The things you choose to keep can then be stored away in a garden shed.
Use The Right Lighting
The right lighting in your garden can really help you to relax. Solar lights are quite popular, as they don’t need electricity to run, making them environmentally-friendly and cost-effective. They come on automatically at dusk, creating a serene and safe atmosphere. Candles are another cheap and simple option. Just make sure that you don’t leave them unattended, especially around kids.
Add A Water Feature
The sound of running water is incredibly soothing, making a water feature a good addition for your backyard. You could consider a pond, for example, or a waterfall. If you do decide to install a pond, however, you must ensure that you use pond pumps. These will keep the water from going stagnant and create the running sound. Water features will also attract wildlife to your garden.
Welcome In The Wildlife
As well as water, bird feeders and plants will help to bring wildlife into your outdoor area. They will attract birds, bees, and other insects, all of which create sounds that most people find calming. You might also want to hang a few windchimes in the trees or install outdoor speakers to play music. Although you should avoid making too much noise, as this can cause more stress.
Stick To Simple Seating
Formal seating holds no place in a relaxed space, especially a garden. This means that you should avoid harsh lines and high-tech steel in your seating area. Instead, opt for the soft lines and angles you find in wooden and wicker chairs. You might also want to invest in a few outdoor floor cushions. This makes it easy for you to sprawl out in the grass, closer to nature.
Make A Secluded Area
When sharing a garden with family or friends, taking over the entire space simply isn’t an option. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it relaxing. Instead of focusing on the whole backyard, you should choose a nook just for you. Then, you can work to make this smaller space entirely your own. For added privacy, you should try adding fencing or hedges. Or you can even get an office garden shed and work from home more often, avoiding the stress of commuting and enjoy your garden’s full potential.
Everyone deserves a relaxing garden, so create one of your own by following the tips above.