Every time you turn around, there are stressors in your life; from work, from home, from personal issues, and mental issues. What if it was possible to create a relaxing environment in your yard that didn’t take very long to get too and it can be completely your own? You design the space, you control the space and it can become a relaxing oasis in the middle of a hectic life.
What is this space? Your yard. Whether it is your front yard or back yard, there are ways to transform it from a place where there is a garden or possibly some furniture or whatnot into an oasis in the dark. The one place you can let your guard down and just breathe in the scent of nature surrounding you and listen to the wind rustle through the trees.
If you are unsure of where to start when it comes to the various ways to create a relaxing environment in your yard; then you are reading the correct post. Read on to break down different ways to transform your yard and learn tips on how to maintain this feeling with basic maintenance.
Create a Private Area
If you live in an apartment building or share a yard with neighbors because of a townhouse agreement, you can still create a relaxing environment in your yard. Perhaps you have children or your family does not want the entire yard taken over as they use it for playtime or social engagements.
This is easily worked around by creating a private area for yourself and filling it with patio furniture, lights, and greenery that best suits your aesthetic. Choose a secluded area that has both natural light and shade during different parts of the day, install a comfy chair or lounger and place a small table next to it to hold your books, drinks, and snacks. String lights through the trees or through shrubs and the like which line your private area.
Install some wind chimes in the immediate area, as the soft and melodic songs that are played by nature have been proven to relax and soothe the mind. Once the mind is relaxed, our physical bodies can release tension and stress in a more profound way.
Create a Colorful Garden
One of the most relaxing things to do while outdoors is stopping to smell the flowers, literally. Why not create a colorful and meaningful flower garden to invoke feelings of calm whenever you step outside. Make your garden environmentally friendly by adding plants and flowers that are proven to nature butterflies and other garden creatures.
Use natural methods to avoid damage caused by grubs, ants or mites; such as water and cayenne pepper to discourage hanging around. Install a birdbath in your yard to attract all sorts of wild birds and hang bright birdfeeders throughout the trees surrounding your yard.
Release some of the tension carried after a long week at work by getting your hands dirty and completing some basic maintenance on your yard. Not only will you be able to breathe in the fresh air, but you will also work the muscles of the body and burn calories without even realizing it. Make yard maintenance easy and ensure you have the correct tools needed to maintain your yard:
- Shovel, trowel, and weed picker
- Kneeling pad and gardening gloves
- Adequate water supply – use a kink resistant hose such as the eley kink resistant garden hose
Light It Up
Do you consider yourself one of those people who loves to be surrounded by soft lighting and just relax when it’s accompanied by the sounds of nature? If so, then incorporate this into your yard. You don’t have to worry about running extension cords or installing fancy lights (unless that is your preference) but instead why not invest in some solar lights that can line the pathways of your yard, show off your gardens in a flattering light and not use one single once of energy on your monthly utility bill.
Investing in solar lights can decrease your energy costs and instead harvest the natural power of the sun. Solar lights can be purchased in a wide range of styles, from flat lights that screw onto your patio to little pillars that are placed in the dirt of your yard for stability. These lights can also increase the security of your yard by lighting up even the darkest corners to deter any unwanted visitors.
Add a Swing
There was no time in a person’s life that was more relaxing than when they were children, running innocently and freely through yards while playing with friends. Invoke this feeling by installing a swing set in your yard and spend the evenings working out by pushing your muscles to swing you higher and higher each time until you think you can touch the moon.
We’ve just learned some ways on how to create a relaxing environment in your yard and the different ideas aren’t limited to the front or the back yard of your home but instead can be used for either. If privacy is key to creating a relaxing environment, then the backyard would probably be a better location to design and build your oasis.
When it comes to outdoor projects such as these, always check with your local municipal office to determine if you need special permits or whatnot to add or remove structures from your property.
Take some time, plan out your design, and scour your local nurseries and flea markets for unique plants, flowers, and shrubs for your yard while adding some funky throw pillows and vintage decorative items.
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