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Gardens and You: Making the Most of Your Greenspace

In today’s busy world, it’s getting more and more difficult to get away and relax. Everyone is stuck at home because of the pandemic, and it looks like finding ways to bring your vacation to you will be the trend for the foreseeable future.

A great way to relax at home is to find new and interesting ways to take advantage of what space you’ve got to create an environment that feels vacation-worthy. What vacation-worthy means is up to you, but here are a couple of suggestions you can work with to come up with your own ideas.

Tidy the Place Up

Now that you’ve got more time to take care of your garden, you can start making the place look like a million bucks by just cleaning it up a bit. Trim the edges of your lawn and make them look nice and straight. Give your flower pots and planters a good rinse to bring out their colors and eliminate the accumulated grime. Just tidying up what’s already there can improve the look of your garden more than you’d think.

If you’re willing to do some more intensive work on the place, you can remove any plants that aren’t looking too good and replace them to revitalize your garden. Get your hands dirty, experiment with what you think looks good. You can even make new flowerbeds to add more color and life to your garden. Go crazy, it’s your garden, so the better it looks, the better you’ll feel lounging around in it.

Same Place, Different Style

Gardens and backyards look like they will be the premier venue for outdoor events while travel restrictions are still floating around. While not everyone can afford a professional landscaper to come and completely redo your garden, there are still plenty of easy projects that you can do to help your yard feel more vacation-worthy.

Changing up your garden’s style and spacing by adding outdoor furniture can drastically change the feel of your outdoor spaces. You can also give your garden a more vibrant, colorful feel by adding more flowering plants or switching out your planters for ones with more flair. The key here is to make sure that the colors and the furniture feel like they belong together so that your garden can feel coherent and look aesthetically pleasing.

fence on yard

Up Your Privacy

With how many suburban homes are designed, it’s easy for your yard to feel less secure than you’d like. It’s up to you to take the necessary steps to make your home feel as safe as possible. The first line of defense against any burglary is to make it so you don’t look like an easy target at all.

Adding metal fencing can make your yard look much more secure and ward off potential unsavory characters from trying their luck on your home. Plus, the added sense of security can help you relax better in your garden and give you the comfort you need to get away and forget about anything else going on in your life for a while.

Fire Up the Grill

Backyard cookouts are an American classic. Everyone loves a home-grilled burger or hot dog while they’re hanging out with close friends and family. You don’t need to invest in an expensive gas grill and smoker to enjoy that either. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you can build a small charcoal grill that will grill your steaks just fine.

Setting aside a section of your garden for socialization can be a great way to add more variety to it as well. Just set up a nice shady area with a table and some chairs, and you’re good to go. Just make sure to set up your cooking space correctly to avoid any unwanted run-ins with the fire department courtesy of a disgruntled neighbor.

Pick Up a Hobby

If you’ve got a shed or some space in your garage, then you can try your hand at any number of hobbies. Skills like carpentry or pottery will allow you to make custom decorations for your garden and can be therapeutic as well. Just being able to forget about the rest of the world for a while to focus on a new project can feel almost meditative.

If you find that you have a flair for your new hobby, you can even give away some of your projects to your family and friends. And if you get good enough, you might even be able to start earning some cash on the side by selling your creations. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the number of things you can learn how to do thanks to the internet; all you need to do is figure out what interests you and go from there.

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