For those of us who are lucky enough to have our own garden, it can be a fantastic place to spend time with the family – especially when the weather is good! Being out in the sunshine and nature is vital for our mental and physical health no matter how old we are, so it’s important to create an outside space that you can all enjoy.
Here are five ideas for features to include in your backyard to get you inspired.
1. A patio area or decking
Having some decking, or a patio area in your garden brings a whole wealth of advantages. It’s an effective way to break down the barrier between indoors and outdoors, especially if you have double doors opening out onto the space. Having an outdoor kitchen on a deck along with a table and chairs gives you the perfect spot to enjoy some al fresco dining, with strings of fairy lights or solar lamps to add atmosphere. Plus the table can double as a desk for homework sessions!
2. Water features
Adding an element of water to your garden has long been a popular choice, and for good reason. A paddling pool can be great fun for the kids during the hot summer months (or a full-sized swimming pool if you have the budget and space), while a bird bath will encourage wildlife to visit. Meanwhile, installing a fountain or other similar feature can also incorporate a feeling of tranquility for mom and dad thanks to the calming sound of running water.
3. Garden games
There are a whole range of lawn games out there to enjoy, with options suitable for all ages. Some of the classics include croquet, giant Jenga and Connect Four, ring toss, and cornhole. Alternatively keep it simple with a frisbee, trampoline or soccer ball. All of these can be an effective way to get the kids away from their screens and into the great outdoors for some more active play – something that’s key for their mental and physical health.
4. A vegetable patch
We all want beautiful flowers in our backyard, but a vegetable patch is another fantastic option that shouldn’t be overlooked. It can take a bit of time and effort to grow your own fruit and veg, but it’s also extremely rewarding. Making it a family project can be a great way to bond, and also get kids thinking about where their food comes from. Plus you’ll be amazed at how much more delicious your home-grown vegetables are in comparison to those you buy at the grocery store!
5. A pristine green lawn
In most cases, the majority of space in your backyard is taken up by the lawn. That’s why it’s important to keep it looking its best by cutting the grass regularly, using fertilizer, and keeping it watered with a sprinkler during hot weather. Having this wide open space is ideal for kids to run around in and play – especially when they have friends over – or for you to stretch out on a sun lounger with a good book.