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Create A Garden You'll Want to Enjoy


As we all know, your home is where your heart is, and a big part of this is enjoying your little slice of 
the great outdoors. Mmm hmmm. We’re talking about your garden. It doesn’t matter how big or small 
it may be, every backyard has the potential to be your family’s most loved spots; that place where you 
can all hang out together, whether under the sun’s rays or night’s twinkling stars.

The problem is: most people don’t know how to make their gardens more inviting. You know you want 
to make it a haven come spring and summertime (something you’ve been telling yourself for 
three-plus years now), but knowing how to do this feels impossible.

That’s why we have pulled together a list of tips, tricks and little pieces of DIY advice you need to apply 
to your backyard this year, right now, before it’s too late.

1. Sit Around Nature

If you’re one of those people that has a tree in the middle of their lawn, then consider yourself lucky. 
That’s right. You’re lucky. We know it may not feel that way when you’re having to carefully navigate 
the trunk with your mower, but that feeling of contempt can be managed by simply building a gorgeous 
 wraparound bench to complement this feature. Not only will this bring a whole new dimension to your 
garden, or give you another place to sit, or allow you to change your view up according to where the 
sun is, you’ll always have space for one more person.

2. A Garden Of Secrets

How amazing would it be to have a little secret hideaway that you could slip off to when the noise of life 
gets too much? Somewhere silent tucked away in a corner of your backyard you can go and enjoy 
when the hustle and bustle become overwhelming. Well, you can. To create a secret nook, all you 
need is a corner, some comfy seating and a few trees and bushes to encourage that feeling of 
seclusion. It could be a hidden hammock, a garden bench, or swing or anything you like. Just knowing 
you have somewhere slightly secret will make the garden that much more inviting, for you and 
everyone else in your home.

3. Remove The Chores

Nothing will make you feel less enthused about going into your garden than having to exert yourself on 
a bunch of chores. Even little ones. The problem is, the more you ignore these the less you’ll want to 
go outside. Our advice: remove the chores from your life. We know this sounds impossible, but it’s 
not. Invest in composite decking instead of wood so that you don’t have to varnish and seal every 
year. See Bridgman for more than a hundred reasons why waterproof cushions will make your life a 
hundred times easier. Cover your flower beds in pinecones to keep dogs and cats and all sorts of 
animals away from your plants. Lay down artificial turf so that you don’t need to do any mowing or 
strimming or whatnot. It’s little things like this that will make a big difference to how inviting your 
backyard is.

4. Hammocks Are Heavenly

We know that we briefly touched on the hammock thing a couple of bullet points ago but, well, this 
heavenly addition to a garden really deserves it’s own section because there’s nothing better than 
being able to lounge back in a hammock. Sipping on your morning coffee as you listen to birdsong, 
reading a book in the afternoon sun, catching up with your significant lover after a long day at work. 
There is nothing like it. So, if you do one thing, find a spot to string up a hammock. It could be between 
two trees, or it might be worth getting one on its own frame. Whatever you decide, it will be totally 
worth it.

5. Shower Outside From Now On

Let’s be honest, everyone on earth has dreamed about rinsing underneath an open sky more than 
once in their lives. You know you have. Luckily, it is easier to make this wish a reality than you might 
have realised. All you need is a water pipe and, voila, you can install that outdoor shower. Our advice:
 hook it up on the outside wall of your bathroom and then create a drainage system to take the water 
away from your home. That’s all you need and you can start enjoying the most liberating and amazing 
shower experiences of your life.

6. Planting Is The Perfect Excuse

Nothing will make you get outside more than having a veggie patch to manage. But don’t just leave it at 
that; try planting loads of exciting things too, and things you’ve never grown before. Globe artichokes, 
purple cauliflower, super-flavoursome chilis, alpine strawberries and prize-winning tomatoes. Anything 
that will pique your interest and have you excited to see how they’re getting on will make your garden 
more magical. If, however, you don’t have space for a vegetable patch, try growing some delicious 
herbs in pots outside your kitchen. Trust us, you’ll be inspired to add more meals to your kitchen 
repertoire, that’s for sure.

7. Change Up Your Routine

One of the biggest reasons you may not use your garden as much as you would like to is simply 
because you haven’t got into the habit of it. That’s why you need to make a conscious effort to change 
your routine. Instead of having your morning toast and coffee in front of the television, try taking this 
two brekky-staples into your garden for a spot of fresh air first thing. Or, instead of doing yoga in your 
living room, take your mindfulness mission into your backyard where you can enjoy the smell of freshly 
cut lawn, birds singing and bees buzzing. This isn’t just about enjoying your garden more either, it’s 
about enjoying the rest of your day more too. By getting outside in the morning, you’ll find you are 
much calmer for the rest of the day. Of course, it doesn’t just have to be the mornings you do this, 
it could be when you get home in the evenings too.


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