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Don’t Let Your Garden Go to Waste: 4 Ways to Make Your Yard More Functional

Getting out into the yard and relaxing in the fresh air is healthy both for the body and mind. However, many people have trouble getting the motivation to spend their time in their own yards. Sometimes a yard can feel like an empty space with nothing to do but pull weeds, and other times it just isn’t visually appealing enough or comfortable enough to enjoy. Here are a few ways that you can upgrade your yard and garden so that you can be more driven to enjoy your own piece of nature.


Weather-resistant furniture

Creating additional relaxation space is an excellent way to boost curb appeal. This change also adds room to relax, have a great conversation, or watch it rain. Porch swings are a comfortable and romantic option for those who want a good place to read, watch the kids, or just relax in the fresh air. Wicker chairs are also an excellent weather-resistant option, providing the cushioning benefits of woven wood while allowing wind and weather to roll off without fear of rust or warping. As long as it is kept in the shade, metal furniture can be a beautiful and durable option for tables and benches, as well.

More shade

While feeling the sun on your skin can be a comforting on a cool summer morning, the heat and intensity of the sun for long periods during the day can be uncomfortable and unhealthy for your skin. If you want to encourage yourself to get out into the yard more, then you’ll want to add adequate shade to properly relax. This can be accomplished with yard canopies, umbrellas, and even pergolas and gazebos if you have the space. With the proper landscape supplies, you can upgrade your yard with plenty of well-sheltered spaces to breath fresh air and enjoy the peace of your yard. You can also plant strong shade-giving trees such as oaks, willows, maple, and others to give natural shade and increase the fresh air in your yard.

Edible garden

Another way increase your interaction with your yard is to create an edible garden. If you have a large garden space, you can grow greens, corn, watermelon, pumpkins, onions, peppers, cabbage, and more. A smaller garden area is perfect for herbs and even a small strawberry patch. By making your plants edible, going out to work in your garden will be more rewarding as you can get a fresh treat that you grew yourself. This can also be a great way to make your garden more exciting for children, as they will want to come and help gather the harvest of brightly colored fruits and vegetables when the time comes, and share in the feast that comes after.

Water feature

Adding fountains, creeks, or even a koi pond can create an incredibly welcoming and relaxing atmosphere that is sure to draw you to your yard. The sound of water hitting the gravel or falling from a tall feature is soothing, and actually create an effect called pink noise that helps sleep and memory. No matter what size of yard or garden you have, you can find a water feature that fits perfectly inside, from small table fountains to grand stone-lined ponds.

A yard and garden is a great thing for any homeowner to have in order to have easy access to nature. Whether you want to incorporate water features, edible garden plants, or even a grand patio feature, you can easily find ways to make your patio more functional. Doing so will encourage you to spend less time cooped up inside and more time out in the fresh air of your own backyard.


Meghan Belnap / Blogger, Researcher and Freelance Writer

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.


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