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Is there anything better than relaxing outdoors in the summertime? Sitting with a good book and a cold drink? Feeling the warmth on your skin and letting go of your worries is a fantastic thing; It can help you to relax and unwind at the end of a hard day. That is the beauty of having a garden to enjoy in the warmer months.
Being outdoors helps to boost your vitamin D levels and it can help to increase your creativity and focus as you get closer to nature. The calming effect of being outside can also help you to get a good night’s sleep and put your stresses into perspective.
But, when we’ve got young children at home, thoughts of relaxing gardens are condemned to dreams. Your garden might instead be filled with old toys and bikes. You’ve probably got a broken swing ball somewhere and countless bats and balls that no longer make up anything approaching a matching set. Your paths might be muddy, your decking covered in chalk and your furniture home for dolls and teddies. Anything nice that you’ve attempted to add, like pretty flowers might well have seen better days and the idea of relaxing in your family garden might be nothing short of laughable.
However, a relaxing space in your family garden doesn’t need to be a dream. You can make it a reality. Here are some tips to help you.
Go for Zones
If you want to add a more adult area to your garden, the best way to do it is to create zones. Give your kids space where they are free to make a mess and get creative. Add some plants and grow some fruit and veg that they are allowed to help with. You could even add an outdoor dining zone for family meals and entertaining. Then, create a relaxing zone that is separate from the rest. Hopefully, your children will have that much to do that they’ll leave your area alone.
Fence it Off
Separating your zones is essential if you want to make your space your own. You don’t need a literal fence – although, low fences might work in a large garden – but borders of flower beds, shrubs, and bushes can work well. As can large pieces of furniture, like an outdoor sofa, or different flooring, like changing from grass to deck.
Add a Water Feature
A water feature is a great way to make your outdoor space more relaxing. The sound of trickling water is incredibly soothing. But, as a parent, you might worry about the dangers of having water in your garden. While you might want to avoid it if your kids are very young, when they get a little older a small, shallow water feature, in a fenced off area of your garden should be safe. Click here to take a look at some of the supplies that you might need.
Keep Things Simple
There are two reasons to keep things simple. Firstly, trying too hard to create a pretty space can actually mean that your colours and smells overpower your senses. Trying to do too much with a small space can make it less relaxing.
Secondly, if things are simple, your kids are less likely to be interested, and if they do damage any part of your space, it will be easier to repair or replace. Stick to simple colours, plain furniture, and a few subtle colours. If you want to add anything else, go for cheap accessories and textiles that are easy to replace if needed.