Gardens can be where we go when we need to feel closer to nature; when we need to feel a little more peace. Gardens can also give you a headache, especially if when you look at them, there’s a mountainous to-do list that begins forming in your mind.
The following will explore some of the things you can do to retouch your garden and get the most out of your outdoor space.
1. Consider A BonFire Pit
This tip depends on the area in which you live. If you’re in a super hot climate or an area prone to droughts and wildfires, or an area where it’s really hard to get a burn permit, feel free to skip this one. Many of us don’t have these restrictions on fire, and having a bonfire pit where friends and family can gather around and enjoy the great outdoors next to an immensely soothing crackling fire can take your outdoor space to the next level. Studies have shown that sitting next to a fire lowers our blood pressure and makes us feel more social. Many theorize this is because fire symbolized safety and survival to ancient humans.
2. Learn About Local Flora And Fauna
Depending on where you live, gardening trends might have your yard filled with foreign plants. It turns out that this has a big impact on wildlife and how much maintenance your garden requires. Planting local species of flowers and shrubs not only helps out the local wildlife in your area but also drastically reduces the care your garden requires on a weekly or daily basis. If the plants are native to your area, there is a higher chance they’ll be happy with the soil you’ve got, as well as the rain levels and temperatures.
3. Update The Woodwork
Whether it’s a deck or raised flower bed, there are a lot of ways you can bring new life to your garden by updating the woodwork. Decks or flower beds can be rebuilt or refinished to bring a fresh vibe to your outdoor space. Wooden furniture can be painted. Experts at wood2new.org emphasize that whatever woodworks you have in your garden, you can take a look at them and ask yourself whether they can be brightened up a little. Even something like an additional coat of varnish can add a rich luster to your wooden elements.
4. Choose Plants Based On The Animals You Want To Attract
It turns out that all animals have their preferences for flowers and plants. Do a little bit of research and see what you might be able to attract to your garden. Butterflies love certain types of wildflowers, and having them fluttering around takes your garden to a fantastical, Disney-princess level. Hummingbirds are also a popular animal to attract. Research your favorite local birds and see if there’s a flower, tree, or bush you can include just for them.
5. Think About Water Features
If you want to take the woodland creatures to the next level, consider a small pond. Dragonflies and other animals love a little fresh water and tend to keep near it. If the water is rushing or falling, that’s even better. Moving water produces negative ions in the air, which improves the flow of oxygen to our brains, making us calmer, more focused, higher energy, and less likely to experience symptoms of depression. The sound of running water is also incredibly soothing. Talk about ambiance.
6. Consider Composting
It’s no secret that highly nutritious soil that encourages thriving plants is expensive. It’s also no secret that humans have plucked a lot of the natural nutrients and minerals from the soil over years and years. One way to help deal with this is to consider composting in your garden soil. At first, it might seem weird to bury your eggshells in your flower bed, but when you see the effect, you’ll be more than pleased. Of course, if you live in an area with dangerous wild animals like bears and wolves, be extremely careful what food items you leave outside.
The above six tips are all relatively easy to employ in home gardens but have drastic impacts on our outdoor spaces’ ambiance. Of course, every garden is different, and therefore, everyone will have different needs when it comes to their front, back, or side yards. Be sure to keep in mind how the kids and pets, and other family members use the outdoor space before making any significant landscaping changes. Ideally, everyone should be able to enjoy time in the great outdoors.