A DIY Beautiful Backyard Retreat
Here are a few low cost ideas you can do for a beautiful backyard retreat by creating pathways, ponds, patios and decks. Put a few plants, flowers and shrubs in there too.
Water features add serenity to a retreat. One fun idea is to build a fish pond. Anyone can build a fish pond. Just figure out where you want it and start digging. Your local hardware, nursery or pond supply store will have everything you need. Just a small basic pond and some creativity is all you need. Fish in your pond can attract local wildlife so you may want to think about making a 5 foot deep pond with straight sides.
An “outdoor room” is so cozy if it includes a fire pit for evening enjoyment and a small water fountain. You can make one with a plastic container buried in a small hole in the ground to circulate the water. After placing a wire over the top of the container, place river rock over the area so the water appears to just disappear into the ground. Simple and soothing, day or night.
Revamp an unused area by gathering materials from your own land: Twigs and branches make lovely arbors and fences, twisted branches can be screwed together for a unique bench and rocks can be gathered to form original rock gardens. A spectacular garden space can easily be created with very little money and some imagination. With plant life, nature does most of the work. If you have bamboo on your land, take advantage of it’s abundance and cut the poles to make a fence – grow your own fence!
Carve out different little spaces where one can sit and enjoy the surrounding fragrance, form and sound. Make each little “room” different by surrounding it with it’s own unique flowers, sights and sounds. To connect it all together build a pathway out of stepping stones, bricks or wood chips to meander among the foliage or link spaces together.
Don’t forget the many garden creatures that are sure to inhabit it. Find out what food you need to attract the birds and butterflies you want and plant plenty of it.
Rock balancing seems to be becoming more prevalent. It is said anyone can do this and it is a TOTAL exercise in patience. Once the rock is rotated and moved over and over again, it finds its spot and balances easily in place. Once that is accomplished, gravity takes over and it remains through wind and rain.
Check out Youtube videos on rock balancing and give it a try.