Every home should have a place you can retreat to so you can unwind and release the stresses of life. The garden is the perfect place to create this relaxing space, as fresh air and the sounds of nature can really help you to de-stress. There is nowhere more tranquil than a garden on a sunny day. Transforming your garden into your personal place of peace is easy. Follow these tips to make your own tranquil garden retreat and start living a more natural lifestyle.
Tidy Your Garden and Clean the Space
The aim of this is to create a relaxing and peaceful garden for you to enjoy. This is impossible to achieve if your garden is overgrown and untidy. Clean up and tidy the space. Remove any weeds or unwanted plants, cut your lawn and trim your hedges. Turning over the soil in any planting areas is a good idea too. Make everything look fresh and ready for growth. This is especially important if you have plants that have taken over your garden, such as fast-growing ivy or bamboo. If it’s too big a job to take on yourself, get an ivy or bamboo removal specialist in to help. Tidy garden, tidy mind and all that! Swap these vast areas of growth for neat, fragrant lavender beds that will not only calm the garden, but calm your senses too.
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Define a Relaxation Space
Whether you plan to sit or lounge, or if you want to lie on the grass in your garden, you need to define this area, especially if you have a large garden. Try to find a secluded corner that has some shelter from the wind. You can use materials like wood decking to define a seating area and add planters for decoration. Think about how you are going to use the garden and then add the furniture you need to make it comfortable. Spend a little money on comfy and robust garden furniture as cheaper options never last long.
For a tranquil retreat, there should be plenty of room to do what you need to do – whether that’s bird-watching or yoga. For yoga, for example, you will need a grassy area with plenty of room to move and stretch. Have some outdoor storage space so that you can tidy things away later, such as binoculars for bird watching, or your yoga mats.Peace Does Not Have to Mean Quiet
Nature sounds can be incredibly relaxing. The sounds of birds in the trees and a light wind rustling the leaves are the soundtracks to tranquillity. The sound of water running is also a very relaxing, natural sound that can add a lot to your tranquil retreat. Water features do not have to be an expensive investment either. Making your own water feature is easier than you think and actually takes little time and money. It will go a long way to creating a more tranquil garden space.
If you want to spend a little money on a water feature, you can, but be careful – large water features can be noisier than you expect and can require a lot of maintenance. This garden is for you to relax, not to add yet another thing to your to-do list! Try spending your money of some beautiful wind chimes that will help you feel more centered instead.
Taking a few of these steps will give you the peaceful garden retreat that you deserve. Making a relaxing, tranquil space like this is an investment in yourself as much as in your garden. Spend a little time and money adding tranquillity to your life.
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