For most people, a holiday is the best time of year. However, what happens when you can’t afford to go away, or things get in the way that prevents you from being able to take a vacation? In those cases, you’ll want to find an alternative to that holiday.
So, with this in mind, even if you don’t have a holiday booked this year, the good news is that you can create a gorgeous, relaxing retreat in your back garden. The therapeutic benefits of spending time in the garden are astounding, so why not take advantage of that?
Within this article, we will go over how to set up your garden to have a beautiful at-home retreat built for relaxing.
Decide on The Perfect Spot
The first step in creating a garden retreat is finding the right area. This is a key step that you need to think about carefully.
You may already have a patio area in the garden. If so, you may only need to add a few additional items to create your retreat. However, if you don’t already have a space for the retreat, you will need to find the right area that is perfect for relaxing.
Take some time to analyse your garden. Figure out where the sun lands in your garden at certain times. If you are a morning person, you may want to choose a space in the garden where the sun is apparent in the morning. If you prefer to relax after work or later in the evening, then consider a spot where you can easily soak up the sun during those hours.
Prepare The Area
Once you’ve chosen the perfect spot for your outdoor retreat, you can now begin to set the scene. If the chosen area of your garden is overlooked by your neighbours or if your garden is facing the south, you should consider adding some temporary or permanent solutions so that you have more privacy and shade in your chosen area.
A very quick and easy solution to this would be adding a parasol, gazebo, or garden screen. If you want a more significant transformation, you may want to consider replacing fences in your garden or setting up a pergola and train with some scented climbers.
Give your existing garden area a simple boost with some small cleanups. If you’re planning on creating a relaxing retreat on the lawn, give it a quick mow first before setting up. If any parts of your garden are overgrown, trim them back to make them look better. If there are weeds present in your garden, pull them out.
If you have a decked area or a patio, give this area a good sweeping with a broom. If you want to go a step further, get the jet washer out and give the space a proper, thorough clean.
Add Your Finishing Touches
Once the area is clean and ready to go, it’s time to kit out the space. You’ll want to invest in some nice garden furniture and accessories.
If you want to create a desert island-style retreat, try installing a hammock. If you are planning on having your friends and family round to your retreat, think about adding a garden dining set. If you would prefer a more seaside kind of feel, choose a comfortable deckchair. If you want to save money or are on a tight budget, even just a simple picnic blanket can suffice.
Before you get too comfortable in your space, there are several other things that you can add to the space to make it feel more relaxing and more like a retreat. Add some outdoor solar fairy lights. These can be especially gorgeous and beneficial if you’re planning on sitting out at night time.
Before you start relaxing in your garden retreat, be sure to put some drinks on ice and stock up on some light snacks so that all you need to focus on in your retreat is relaxing. Put your headphones on, sink into a good book, and get ready to feel amazing simply by relaxing in your own garden retreat.
So there you have it – you now know how to create your own garden retreat. It’s a lot easier than it sounds. Simply find the right spot, give it a good clean up, add your accessories and then all you need to worry about is relaxing.
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