Going on vacation now is probably not an option for the majority of the world, and you are probably wondering, how can I make my personal space a comforting oasis? Making your backyard a piece of paradise is a very easy task. The key is to make it comfortable and peaceful just like your indoor space. No matter the size of your backyard, it’s possible to create your personal gateway. Read on to see ideas on how to create your own little piece of paradise.
Clean up your space
It’s time to get your hands working. Cleaning up your yard can make a big difference in how it looks and makes you feel when you are soaking up the sunshine. It will also give you a clean slate if you want to add some new amenities to your yard. Start by raking all the leaves and removing weeds from your flower beds. If you have a hedge, you should trim the excess growth. Cut off any dead branches from the trees and trim the grass. After you finish, you will see what you have to work with and what you can add to your yard.
Add flowers and plants
Since your yard is all clean now, it’s time to think about what kind of flowers, plants, and even produce you can add to your yard. Having a small patch of vegetables can come in handy when you are preparing a nice family meal, and taking care of plants is a great way to distress. If you don’t have space to separate flowers and produce, you can research what kinds can be mixed in planters so you can save space, but still have everything you want. Hanging planters are also a great option, and many flowers can grow and hang down from those planters. Mix colours and plants for a beautiful colourful backyard.
Create a lounge area
Since you will hopefully spend a lot of time in your yard, it’s good to have a seating or lounge area. Some of the options you have are benches, sets of outdoor furniture, hammocks, or even blankets. It’s also pretty easy to DIY a bench that you can decorate and make cosy with lots of pillows and throw blankets. Rattan furniture is sturdy and weather-resistant, so it’s a great investment if you want to spend lots of time in your yard. If you have trees close to each other, you can put up a hammock. Hammocks are perfect for your afternoon nap or lounging with a book. Don’t forget a stool or a small table for your drink and snacks.
Cooking and grilling in your yard is a great way to spend time with your family, and you have many options to choose how to prepare your dinner. The most common is an outdoor grill or a built-in grill. They are sturdy and usually high quality that will last you many years. They are also great for big family gatherings. Fire pits are amazing for making s’mores and hotdogs. They are a fan favourite of kids too. They are very easy to install and put away in case of bad weather.
Maintaining your yard is crucial to keeping up with its paradise look and feel. Don’t let the grass grow too much as it can look shabby very quickly. Rake all the leaves and weeds to maintain your flower beds. Regularly watering your flowers, plants, and produce is very important if you don’t want them to wilt. Don’t water your plants in the middle of the day, because they can easily burn. If you don’t want to bother with putting away your hose all the time, opt for retractable hose reels for an easy storage option.
Hang some lights
If you want to enjoy your little oasis in the night you will need some lights. If you have a pathway, it’s a smart idea to install landscape light on the sides, or a couple of solar lanterns. If you have a patio, you can hang up a string of soft fairy lights for a romantic and relaxing atmosphere. For a stronger light, it’s better to use tall lanterns that can cover a broader area. If you are scared of lights inviting insects or mosquitoes, you can install a mosquito net around your patio or seating area.
Spending time in your yard can be a great way to relax and have some me-time. It’s especially important to have a nice yard if you are not going on any travels or vacation. You can create your piece of paradise right next to your house. Even if your yard is small, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to create a cosy space.
Jasmine Anderson is a lifestyle and beauty blogger based in Australia. She is an incurable daydreamer, who finds inspiration in little, everyday moments. Spending time at her cozy home office with her two cats, writing her blog, is her favorite thing in the world. Twitter @AndersonJess_AJ