Spending time outdoors holds immense health benefits, including an improvement in memory, lowered cortisol and blood pressure levels while also enhancing your ability to find depression. The outdoors also boast immense de-stressing effects, and the best part is that you won’t have to hike mountains or go deep into forest trails to experience these benefits. This is because you could enjoy all these benefits right outside your door, in the backyard. All you need to do is to make sure that you work on decorating your outdoors.
In this article, we’ll look at some of the outdoor decoration tips that will help you nurture the most beautiful garden or lawn right from your backyard. So, if you have been trying to turn your thumbs green but seem to do it all wrong, this article is exactly what you need. And don’t worry, even if you’ve never tried your hand at landscaping, you’ll still be able to curate and create a mindblowing and the most relaxing backyard.
01. Make your outdoor spaces as private as possible
Your outdoor spaces are supposed to be the most relaxing spaces, and that is only possible if you work on creating private spaces. Consider adding some forms of walls like an anchored wooden trellis in larger planters. You could also hang up small, colorful flowerpots attached to sheer (fabric) panels to the porch overhangs. Use metal hooks or hoops for the overhangs. Alternatively, you could prop up a reclaimed garden gate behind the old bench you no longer use or even prop it against the deck railing.
02. Be careful with the outdoor furniture options
First, make sure that the furniture you choose for the outdoor spaces are designed for actual use outdoors. You could save a good chunk of your money by looking for the furniture in flea markets or by repurposing old furniture stored away or the ones obtained from garage sales. Opt for the colorful spray paints and dress up the other pieces in the outdoors, like the outdoor fabric pillows and the slipcovers.
03. Understand your yard
To create magical backyards, you need to understand the backyard, specifically the soil type, regional climate, as well as topography. These factors affect the kinds of plants that will do well in the backyard. Shade and other conditions of the yard will create microclimates, depending on sun exposure and shade.
Work with experts like Lawnista for insights into the best grasses that will flourish in the yard. You’ll need different plants for areas that receive full sunlight, the shaded, partially shaded, and the deeply shaded areas. Don’t forget to check the drainage of your landscape too.
04. Choose and stick to a theme?
Your backyard’s theme will be guided by what you intend to use the yard for. But for the best relaxing experiences, you need to find and stick to a theme. The theme determines and guides your choice of plant colors, hardscapes, decorations, form, lines, etc. For the best backyard, we recommend a good mix of flowering and non-flowering plants. You wouldn’t want a yard without color, no?
05. Create and naturally link spaces
To get the most out of your yard and to have the most majestic outdoor spaces, you need to work on creating carefully planned out spaces outdoors. Have a ‘room’ system for the landscape and ensure there is flow throughout the space.
06. Don’t forget to make all those plants work for you
What this means is that in as much as and the plants serve different purposes from fruit sources to shade and just natural beauty, you also need to keep in mind that plants serve as important barriers that help to define areas in your landscape. Plants work incredibly well in improving your landscape. Ensure correct plant placement, and have provisions for bird noises in your design; for example, you could incorporate birdhouse.
Also, you need to structure the plantings for different visual planes, for example, trees and climbing plants for archways. Keep in mind plant spacing, layering, and how different plants can be staggered.
Finally, be open to change, and find a focal point.