We all need somewhere that’s really our own, where we can relax – and for many of us, our back yard is it. It’s a extension of our home that feels somehow more earthy and primal, but it’s also sometimes difficult to control. Here are four ways to turn your unruly back yard into your own personal idyll.
Add A Water Feature
There’s very little that’s more peaceful and soothing than the soft trickle of water (unless you want to go to the bathroom. But let’s not go there). If you can, install a water feature in your garden. A fountain can become a feature in the centre of the back yard that visitors will love to watch and stand by and that you’ll probably get a lot of praise for. A small pond could attract frogs and newts and turn your garden into a paradise for wildlife. A bird bath is the smallest of the options, although in some ways the most pleasurable. Put it outside your kitchen window so you can watch birds bathing and drinking while you’re having your breakfast.
Add More Fencing
Let’s be honest: how are you going to sunbathe naked if your neighbours can see into your garden? No, we’re kidding. But in all seriousness, if you feel as though you’re being observed and overlooked, it is hard to fully enjoy your back yard. You don’t want your neighbours to see how bad you are when you play soccer with your son, or how long you let your kids stay on the trampoline for, or how many glasses of cold white wine you enjoy on summer evenings. If you add some more wood fencing, your garden will become more private – and what’s more, it will become more yours.
Add A Terrace
During the summer time, all we really want is to spend time outside with our friends and family, grilling and drinking a few beers. In order to enjoy that fully, let’s be honest: you need a terrace or a deck. Talk to some landscapers to see what would be best in your space, and then figure out what exactly your requirements are. You may want to have some space for your kids to continue to play, or you might not have much space at all – but if you install a terrace, a table and some chairs, then no doubt you’ll have a lot of company from your nearest and dearest this summer. And really, isn’t that what the beautiful weather’s all about?
Grow Your Own Fruit And Vegetables
There’s very little that’s more satisfying than growing your own fruit and vegetables. The best thing about it is that there are so many ways you could go about it. Whether you want to plant apple and pear trees, or grow tomatoes in a green house, or install poles to grow runner beans up, it may take you a little time to really get into it and have some great produce. Check online to see what times of year each vegetable thrives. Add a fragrant herb garden containing rosemary, lavender and chives too, and some sweet-smelling flowers as well to attract bumblebees.