Garden-Fresh Ideas: How to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space

Going on maternity leave has given me lots of time to plan for the future- and watch endless reruns of Friends! Now that I have two kids, I realize that this growing family needs a bigger home. So begins my search for a house to suit our needs.

What I’d like is for us to have a home with a garden, but the ones I’ve seen so far leave much to be desired. I did a bit of research and found some tips on improving your garden from a landscaping blog.

11 Ways to Transform Your Garden

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Plants. I’m stating the obvious here, but yes, an assortment of plants and flowers will prettify any outdoor space. Those of the same kind can be arranged in a neat row to serve as boundaries to separate sections of grass in your backyard. They can go along the sides of walkways or pavements to accentuate certain areas.

Water. We all know how this element has a calming effect on our unnerved and overworked bodies. I’m thinking of having a mini fountain of sorts installed on one side of the garden. It’s either that or a Koi pond. The kids are sure to love feeding the fish!

Lights. Proper lighting can set the mood at night. Lights along a pathway, for instance, evoke a feeling of warmth as you welcome visitors.

Deck. This is essential in any outdoor space, as this is where most activities take place. I’ll need this space as a reading nook on quiet days, and the kids can use it as a play area as well.

Once we finally get our outdoor living space set up, I’m pretty sure that my kids and I will spend many a relaxing and playful day hanging out there. Better gardens make for better homes, which then make for happy kids, and even happier 90’s sitcom-watching moms.