Ideas For An Awesome Family Garden
There are so many reasons why families should spend a little time and effort making their garden an awesome place to hang out. For example, you may be concerned that your children are spending too much time in front of the computer, TV or mobile screen. Or, perhaps you may have a big outdoor area and want to make good use of this space. Whatever your reason happens to be for giving your garden a family friendly face-lift, here are some ideas that will surely help you out.
Build a tree house
Everyone loves the idea of a tree house, even grown ups. It’s such a fun and imaginative place where you and your family can be at one with nature. If you are not experienced in DIY on this scale, it’s a good idea to ask a professional builder for advice before going ahead. It’s important that you can ensure it is structurally sound. You’ll first need to allocate an appropriate tree, design your house, source the materials and then begin to build. There are many examples of inventive, magical treehouses out there. Have a look online for inspiration.
However, if you don’t have the space or skills to build a treehouse, a little garden hut can be just as enjoyable. Garden sheds can be purchased already made or in packs that are easy to assemble. They come in a number of different styles, from conventional huts to unconventional teepees. To add a magical touch to your hut, plant some climbing plants that will eventually cloak the structure turning it into a secret hideaway.
Fill your tree house or garden hideaway with books, magazines, arts and crafts so that it becomes another place to have fun or relax as a family.
Create a vegetable and fruit patch
If you have space for a vegetable and/or fruit patch, having one can provide entertainment for the whole family. Your kids will enjoy taking ownership of a section of the patch and having responsibility for planting and caring for a particular plant. It will also be very satisfying for the whole family to watch their produce grow and to pick it when it is ripe. Vegetable and fruit gardens are easy to set up. They create color and excitement in your garden, and they provide your family with home grown, pesticide-free ingredients to eat.
Create a pet zone
Don’t exclude your pets from your garden; they are part of the family after all. Allocate an area of the garden especially for them. If you have dog, provide him or her with a patch or box of sand or soil that they can dig away into their hearts content. Outdoor doggy toys like balls and sticks will provide hours of entertainment for you and your furry friend.
If you have a cat, an outdoor climbing frame could be a popular addition to your garden. You can buy purpose built wooden frames that come complete with scratching posts, ladders and cubby holes for hiding. Alternatively, just pare back the trees and allow your feline to use nature to satisfy their instincts. Cats also love to bask in the sunshine. So, plenty of comfortable areas set up in warm, sunny locations will be perfect.
Be aware that if your pets are spending lots of time outdoors you will need to take measures to protect against, and deal with, common health issues. These include pet fleas, ticks and worms.
If you don’t have a pet, but are considering getting one, rabbits and guinea pigs make lovely outdoor pets.
Install a pond
A pond is an amazing feature for your garden. Not only will it look beautiful, but it will also attract a wealth of local wildlife making your garden a more exciting place for your family to be. You may not be aware, but it’s actually very easy to install a pond in your garden. All you need is a few materials and the motivation.
Once your pond is installed, you can make it look extra special by decorating it with pond plants like water lilies. Garden ornaments like potted plants and pebbles, as well as outdoor lanterns, will also work well to dress up your new water feature. If it is a safe environment, you may consider adding fish or tadpoles to the pond.
Allocate a dining area
Adding some outdoor dining furniture to your garden will allow you and your family to enjoy plenty of al fresco meals when the weather is at its best. It will also provide a great entertainment area whenever you have guests.
Outdoor furniture comes in a variety of styles; it’s about picking a set that is practical, but that also looks great. Wicker furniture with cushion is a trendy choice, but do be aware that you will need to remove the cushions in bad weather or purchase an umbrella or gazebo to keep them dry. If you have enough space, a barbeque is also a useful and fun addition to your garden.
Add a touch of elegance to your alfresco dining area with outdoor lighting, fairy lights or candles.
Add some color
You can make a vast improvement to your garden by adding bold splashes of color throughout. This can be done easily with the use of bright and interesting flowers. Look out for fuchsia pink roses, bright yellow sunflowers and purple lavender next time you are at your local garden centre. Use techniques borrowed from the professional to master the art of using color in the garden.
You can also brighten up your garden by painting outdoor walls and adding brightly colored furniture, flower pots and ornaments.
From building tree houses to creating an alfresco dining area, there are many improvements you can make to your garden to transform it into a family-friendly space. It may require a little time and effort from the whole family, but it will be worth it. With spring on its way, get your landscape gardening hat on and start planning now!