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How to Make Your Yard Space More Zen

How to Make Your Yard Space More Zen

Would it be good if we somehow had the option to walk into a beautiful, wonderfully peaceful outdoor space, one that put is in a tranquil mood the moment we arrive? Well actually, we do have this option, and it’s not by visiting some expensive, exclusive Japanese garden…we can do it right on our own property. Not enough people make the most of their outdoor space. Though they require a little bit of work, they can be the most relaxing part of our property, if we get them right. Below, we take a look at a few ways that you can make your garden space that little bit extra zen.

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Clear Away

If it has been some time since you’ve done anything with your yard, then the first thing you’ll want to do is clear away anything that won’t inspire joy. This means old, rusted items, dead leaves, overgrown plants, and so on. Once they’ve all been removed, get to adding some beautiful plants and flowers — for the minimal amount of work, take a look at which plants are native to the area in which you live. One small tip is to choose as many different colours as possible. It’ll make the garden more beautiful. 

Home Comforts

There’s something to be said for spending time in wild environments. But for a true zen garden, you’ll want to make it feel like it’s been designed in your image, and is infused with your personality. To do this, look at adding little touches of your personality into your garden, especially in the area around your backdoor. The idea is to add those things that inspire joy in your heart, whatever they may be. It’ll work best if you’ve got some sort of cover, to protect from the rain. 

Extra Mile

It’s all good and well creating a space that’s relaxing, but if you live next to a main road or you’re surrounded by loud families, then there’s going to be an upper limit to how relaxed you can feel. If you lived far away from other people, then silence would be golden — but if you don’t, then you’ll want to have something that masks some of the sounds. One of the best ways to do this is to add a water feature, which is always relaxing. It offers a level of tranquillity that other features can’t. You’ll need to dedicate a space, and look at getting a submersible pond pump; Berkeley pumps will be a good option. An added touch will be adding some fish to the pond, and a bench next to it so you can enjoy your efforts to the max.

Private Spaces

Finally, remember to take some steps to make your garden more private. It’s hard to relax if you feel like you’re on display! Adding higher hedges and more plants around your yard will be a good start, as will adding a verandah for where you’re sitting. No-one’s probably looking, but you’ll feel better if you know they can’t. 

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4 Easy Ways To Save Money In The Garden

4 Easy Ways To Save Money In The Garden

We’re all looking for ways to save money and stick to our budget and usually, we start with the home. If you can find ways to reduce your energy bills in the home and spend less on maintenance, you’ll save yourself a lot of money. But have you ever thought about how much money you’re spending on the garden? Most people don’t but when you add it up, you’ll be surprised just how much it’s costing you to maintain your outside space. Luckily, you can do these simple things to save money around the garden. 

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Reduce Water Usage

Watering the garden is one of the biggest expenses, especially if you’ve got a lot of plants out there. It’s always a good idea to reduce your water usage for environmental reasons anyway, but it will also save you a lot of money out in the garden as well. The best thing to do is to plan your watering properly and only water when you actually need to. That means you should plan around the weather and let the rain do the hard work for you where possible. You should also look into drip irrigation systems that deliver water directly to the root and use way less water than a hose or sprinkler system. 

As well as finding ways to cut the water that you use, you should start collecting rainwater as well because it won’t cost you anything. Get some water tanks out in the garden and you’ll see that they soon fill up in the winter. You should have more than enough water to look after all of your plants and it’s completely free. 

Make Your Own Compost 

Plants need good quality compost if they’re going to get the nutrients that they need to thrive, but it’s costing you money if you’re buying it every year. The thing is, there’s really no need because it’s not that hard to make your own compost out in the garden. You’ll just need to use food scraps from the kitchen so all you need to pay for is the compost bin and that’s it. 

Propagate Plants 

A lot of people don’t know about propagating plants which is a shame because it’s a great way to save money on buying new plants every year. When you propagate a plant, you split it and then replant it so that they multiply. That means you can buy a few plants and eventually fill the whole garden. If you learn how to propagate plants, you’ll save so much money on buying them in the future.  

Use Citrus Peel For Pests 

Getting rid of pests is important, otherwise, they’ll eat all of your plants. But you don’t need to be spending money on pesticides and slug repellent because there is a cheap natural alternative. Citrus peels contain chemicals that repel or kill pests so they can be used instead of your normal pesticide. That means you’re not putting potentially harmful chemicals out in the garden either. 

You’d be surprised how much money you could save out in the garden by making these simple changes.  

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Let In The Light: How To Make Your Home Feel Lighter

If there’s one thing that a lot of homes fail to offer, it’s lots of light. While a home can still be wonderfully cosy and welcoming without lots of natural light streaming into it, it doesn’t always create the best atmosphere, as natural light helps to make a home feel larger and somewhat fresher too.

 

Of course, often when it comes to purchasing a home, we can’t be too picky and have to compromise on certain aspects of the property, as it’s almost impossible to get every feature that you want in place, such as lots of outdoor space, fireplaces in every room, and lots of light.

 

However, just because you have compromised on a house that is slightly darker, that doesn’t mean that it has to stay feeling darker, as there are plenty of ways that you can let more light into your new home. Wondering what steps you need to take to do this? Below is a guide to everything that you need to know!

 

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Keep the colours light and neutral

 

Often, a house looks darker than it is because of the choice of wall colour, flooring design, or the furniture that is in place. If you want to make your home look lighter, it’s about making simple yet effective changes, such as painting the walls in lighter tones, such as cream or white. You could also swap dark flooring for a lighter alternative and perhaps you could be smart about the furniture colours that you choose – light-toned woods, greys, cream, and sand can all help to lighten the look of a room, whereas darker tones like navy, black and red can make a space feel darker.

 

Invest in new light sources

 

If you have the funds to afford it, then perhaps you could consider investing in some new light sources. You could easily replace your old windows with vinyl windows in larger sizes, to help allow more light into your home – this could be something that it’s worth considering. Or, better yet, how about adding French doors to your living room or kitchen, to let even more light into your home?

 

Use mirrors in a smart way

 

When it comes to creating a lighter space, mirrors are a key tool. All you need to do is strategically place mirrors facing windows so that they reflect the natural light from outside back into the room. If you can invest in a selection of mirrors for each room in the house, you can create a home that is much lighter than it currently appears. Mirrors can’t work miracles but they can help to introduce a good amount of extra light into a room if positioned properly.

 

No one wants to live in a dark home because although these kinds of places can feel cosy, they can also lack that open feel that lighter homes tend to have. If you want to make your home look and feel lighter than it currently is, the hacks and ideas above should help you to be able to do that.

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Throwing Shade: Easy Ways to Shade Your Patio or Deck

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Throwing Shade: Easy Ways to Shade Your Patio or Deck

 

If you’re one of those people who love to spend time outside, getting some fresh air and enjoying the sound of nature, then you must create a practical deck or patio to quench your thirst for the outdoors. However, no matter how much you love nature and all things natural, the sun can be quite nasty in the summer and even chase you inside where it’s cool and air-conditioned. But if you install the right type of shading for your outdoor space, there’s nothing to be afraid of, not even the sun!

Colorful umbrellas

Sometimes, the oldest and least expensive way is the best way to do things and the same goes for shade! Patio or deck umbrellas are definitely the most popular and a completely foolproof way to add some sun protection to your outdoor area. These decorative umbrellas come in all sizes, shapes, colors and materials, so no matter the style you’re trying to achieve, you’ll make it! Plus, once the outdoor season is over, you can just close your umbrella, store it in the garage and wait for the next spring! Just make sure to secure your umbrella tightly, especially if you live in a windy area—you don’t want to be seen chasing one of these down the street!

Draw the curtains

If you want to add some shade AND some movement and softness to your deck or patio, you might want to add curtains to your outdoor structures. Outdoor curtains also offer some light sun protection and are quite inexpensive and easy to install. You can even DIY these curtains with some canvas and grommets! Just imagine airy curtains flowing in the gentle summer breeze while you sip a cocktail on your deck—it’s a really magical sight!

Set sail!

Another practical and affordable way to provide your outdoor space with some shelter is to invest in shade sails. These sails act as a light canopy that can cover your seating or dining area, deck hot tub or even your outdoor kitchen! They are quite easy and fast to install and they take up very little space which makes them perfect for tiny decks or patios. Shade sails also come in various sizes, colors and shapes and can look very futuristic in any space.

Build a lush pergola

If you really want to go big with shade and privacy, you should opt for a beautiful pergola. This freestanding feature will not only provide your patio or deck with all the shade that you need but also help define the space and add a dose of flair to it! You can go very old-fashioned with a wooden pergola with all sorts of ornaments or opt for something very modern and high-tech. Today, there are light aluminum pergolas with practical retractable roof systems that allow you to let the sunshine in or provide shade with the touch of a button! No matter where you are, you can control your roof with your smartphone. The weather will never surprise you again!

Let nature take care of you

If you’re not in a hurry to give your space a lot of shade, just plant some greenery, have patience and watch as nature takes care of your shade needs! Plant a fast-growing tree next to your patio or deck and in a few years, you’ll not only have a bit of shade, but also a priceless addition to your outdoor space. If you’re patient enough, your tree will live to see your grandkids playing underneath it and serve as a home to many little birds, insects and critters! Just make sure to plant your trees strategically, because they can also reduce your home’s cooling bill in the summer and heating bill in the winter!

These practical shades will not only make your patio or deck more comfortable but also add interest to your outdoor space! So, don’t be afraid to throw some shade! 

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Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

 

Landscaping can be the most rewarding and relaxing process, but if you lack creativity, it can become daunting and frustrating. No matter how much you wish to transform your old, dull backyard into a fabulous oasis, the lack of landscaping ideas will create will create a real nightmare that will only stress you out. Therefore, if you still haven’t come up with the best solution for your Sydney backyard, we have a few ideas you’ll certainly love.

Add a pop of colour

When you want to create a relaxing feel, adding some greenery to your yard is the best solution. However, if you want to make your yard more appealing, adding a pop of colour is a great idea. Therefore, plant colourful flowers alongside green shrubs and trees to create the perfect contrast. Pathways without flowers next to them will look plain, so plant pink, red, white, orange, and yellow flowers on the sides of the paths to give them some extra charm. Your backyard would be beautiful with bellflowers,  roses, orange anemones and white daffodils embellishing the outdoors. If you want to illuminate your Sydney garden from winter to spring, plant camellia japonica and dahlias, while kangaroo paw will flower all year long.

Make a few smaller sections

Breaking your outdoor space into a few sections can significantly improve the look of your backyard. Not only will your garden look more interesting, but also it’ll appear visually larger since you won’t be able to detect all the areas at once. Plant screens, walled enclosures, and grade changes can serve as perfect dividers between the areas. To block bigger garden views use dwarf Alberta spruces, and surround the dining spot with planters, letting their close-up blooms pose as the perfect camouflage for the rest of the area. If you’re not sure how to create multiple areas in your backyard, look for professional landscaping services in Sydney, and let talented landscaping designers and architects do all the work for you. Thanks to the team of creative people, your home will get a fresh new look you’ll instantly fall in love with.

Create a garden paradise

With hidden rooms, inspiring views, meandering streams, and intersecting trails, you’ll create a perfect little sanctuary in your backyard. Add a special flower display, a bench, a fountain or a wall of plants. Clematis winding around fences and columns with its blue, purple, red, pink, or white blossoms would look fabulous in your home. Grow it on a fence, on a trellis, or in a container for best appearance. Allowing them to ramble and scramble over your shrubs is another option if you’d like a little more of a laissez-faire style. Since the weather is cool in fall and spring, consider planting clematis during these two seasons.

Accent with Containers

To bring life and softness to paved places, think about adorning entrances, lounging spots, and doors, with big containers full of blooming annuals. They’ll easily draw attention to any area you want, while also adding a pop of colour and vibrancy to the entire yard. You can place pots of begonias, petunias, fuchsias, and impatiens around your potting shed, dining deck, or maybe near the lounge, gates and doors, for example. However, try to focus on grouping the pots with a main colour, to make a statement. If you let too many hues pop up from everywhere, you won’t be able to create that staggering effect.

 

We all want a beautiful backyard in our home, but sometimes we just lack imagination and that’s when things get rough. Luckily, with the help of these few tips, you’ll manage to create a wonderful outdoor area that your entire family can enjoy for years to come.

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