After many years of early starts and the stresses of work, the idea of spending your free time in retirement relaxing in your beautiful garden is an appealing one. This is why many people decide to renovate their garden before or at the start of retirement and this can certainly be worthwhile. Keep reading to discover the essential qualities for an idyllic garden to enjoy in retirement.
Establish a Budget
Before you get started with garden renovation, it is important to establish a budget so that you don’t end up spending more than you can afford or only having a half-finished garden to enjoy. Garden renovation can be expensive, so you might want to consider finance options, such as an equity release from your home.
Having a beautiful garden is only worthwhile if you have places that you can relax outside and enjoy the space. Having decking or a patio allows you to set up garden furniture so that you can spend your time relaxing being surrounded by nature either by yourself or socializing with loved ones.
No garden is complete without a healthy stretch of grass that can make the garden feel more natural and appealing. Real turf lawn will be ideal, but keep in mind that this will require ongoing maintenance including feeding, watering, and mowing. Alternatively, artificial turf can also look fantastic and is a low-maintenance, easy option.
When you have more time on your hands, you might find yourself with a greater appreciation for nature and wildlife and want to bring this into your backyard. This can make the garden a much more enjoyable and interesting time to spend time and there are lots of different ways to bring wildlife to your garden:
- Nesting boxes
- Bird tables/feeders
- Growing a hedge
Many people also find that retirement is a great time to start growing your own fruit and vegetables. This can be a fun, interesting, and active hobby that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home, plus you will also find that this is a great way to lower your grocery bill, be more sustainable and eat a healthier diet.
Fencing & Shed
When you spend more time in your backyard, it is important that you feel safe and that you have privacy. This is why you may want to have a new fence installed, which can also make the garden more attractive. You should also have a shed for additional storage and shelter.
Renovating your garden for retirement can be a rewarding project and make a big difference to your retirement lifestyle. Hopefully, this post will give you a few ideas for what your garden should contain and help you to create the perfect space for relaxing.