Your garden can be a peaceful place full of plants and wildlife, and there’s no better way to enjoy the last bit of summer than to get outside in the fresh air. However, if you’ve got kids (little, or grown-up); the garden can provide hours of entertainment and fun. Therefore, it’s worth investing some time and effort in providing an outside space that the whole family can utilise and enjoy; whatever the activity. The following are some ideas for those who want to give their garden a boost and encourage everyone to spend more time outdoors.
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Eating al fresco is always a welcome treat and can encourage even the most garden-phobic off the sofa and into the fresh air. Therefore. It’s worth investing in a few items that will make your outdoor meals a delight (whatever the weather). You can start with a classic BBQ; they’re not just for summer and can add that scrumptious, char-grilled flavour to an array of food all year round. Provide adequate shelter, with a canopy or covered patio area, add a patio heater, and start throwing some treats on the hot coals.
You can see the summer out in style with a family get-together; ensure everyone brings something tasty for the barbecue and perhaps a side dish. Or, wait for autumn to set in, before inviting everyone over for bonfire night; get some sparklers in mittened hands and pop some sausages on the BBQ to sizzle away. Your patio heater will provide warmth to the guests, and you’ll all be filling up with tasty barbecued delights. Quality outdoor furniture is also a smart investment, so everyone can be comfortable as they eat.
It’s always fun to watch the kids playing in the garden, and perhaps join in yourself, so it’s worth thinking about how you can make your under-used lawn area a great place to hang out. Consider adding a goal net and a football for those who want a kick-about, or you could check out what trampolines are on the market and bring one into your garden for hours of bouncy fun. Fill the shed up with garden games like giant Jenga, bats and balls, and Twister, so that there’s always something to pull out on a good-weather weekend.
For a fun and simple garden game; water sprinklers can be enjoyed by kids (and dogs) during the last few weeks of summer (or during the colder months if you’re feeling brave). Get towels and warm drinks at the ready, switch the hosepipe on and enjoy the giggles and screams.
You’ll want to chill out after all that food and fun; add a few seating areas to your garden space and add softness with outdoor cushions and throws (you can bring these out from inside). Lie on the lounger in the sun, or sit with a mug of tea on a bench and just breathe in the fresh air and relax in nature. Your garden space should have something for everyone and can be enjoyed all year round, so don’t forget it and get outside!
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