The Art of Gardening – How to Turn Your Backyard Into a Sanctuary

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When one thinks of our backyard, how many of us picture a large space of lawn, a clothesline and the back fence? Worse still, the lawn begins to dry up. On the other hand, perhaps you have a small space that you’re not sure what to work with?

Our backyards should be an extension of our homes. It should be that of a place where we can enjoy nature and our free time, both as a relaxing space for ourselves and that being one to enjoy with family and friends.

Therefore, whether you’re a naturalist, all up on the botany and care, or you want a low maintenance area to create calm and harmony, let me show you how gardening can create an outdoor sanctuary.

Water as an element:

Many Eastern cultures see water as a representation of calm and tranquillity. Not only can the natural movement and sound of flowing water be soothing, but it also helps to support life in many ways.

When it comes to your backyard, proper watering and hydration can support the plant life in your garden, helping it to thrive. One of the best ways to help your lawn and flowers with this is through drip irrigation.

This process helps the root system of your plants by giving them precious water slowly and by not overwatering them. It also saves this precious resource for when it needs it most.

This will allow your plants to savor the water and have it enrich deep down instead of only focusing on the foliage/blades at the surface.

Get in touch with Earth and plant natives:

Focusing on the life that exists in your backyard can indeed help you build a peaceful place for both you and the ecosystem around you. It can be amazing to think of the number of natural helpers we have if we dig through the dirt and get beneath the topsoil.

There is a common belief in Buddhist culture to ‘be careful of the ant upon which you tread’. Each tiny creature can be mighty in its own way.

Many insects such as the common earthworm and ladybug help your soil and prevent common plant parasites.

Also by planting natives, such as Eucalyptus, you can detract the parasites you don’t want, such as wasps, and attract nature into your garden including pollinators such as bees and native birds such as honeyeaters and lorikeets.

Plant Trees and Hedging:

Another element that can create a garden sanctuary is wood, and an oxygen-producing tree in your backyard can be perfect.

Whether a fruit tree or a native gum tree that offers great shade for both you and wildlife, it can prove how we can create a harmonious relationship with nature with just a little care.

It is best to note that all species of eucalyptus gum require direct sun and well-draining soil. Also, be mindful that your backyard has enough room and plant far away from the house as, depending on your species, gum trees can grow quite tall and wide.

Fire is an important element with these trees, as they germinate through this process, so be wary in the summer months.

If you want your backyard sanctuary to give a means of privacy, then hedging can be a great idea. However, be aware that your common evergreen or box hedge will need regular maintenance and can take a while to grow.


Now, whether you want peace in the outdoors or just a space for relaxation and privacy, I hope I have helped you find some ideas as to how encompassing the elements through your gardening can make you a backyard sanctuary.

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