DIY Staycation Backyard Gardens – How To Make A Staycation Garden

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What is a staycation garden? The goal of a staycation garden is to create a space that is so cozy, comfortable, and inviting that you can enjoy a mini vacation any time the mood strikes you. After all, why spend money on gas or endure crowded airports and hordes of tourists when you can simply kick back in the comfort of home?

How do you go about making staycation backyard gardens? Read on for a few staycation garden ideas that are sure to pique your creativity.

How to Make a Staycation Garden

The idea of a staycation garden isn’t to create a ton of work for yourself, which is completely counterproductive to the end goal. Here are a few basics for creating a staycation garden to streamline and simplify so you can spend more time in the comfort of your own space:

Rely on perennials, which require very little attention once they’re established. Look for drought-tolerant plants that don’t need a lot of irrigation. Consider plants native to your area, which are beautiful and tend to be resistant to pests and disease.

Use mulch around plants, including shrubs and trees, to conserve moisture and limit growth of weeds in your staycation backyard garden.

Consider installing a watering system for your lawn. If a watering system is out of your price range, set up a timer to turn sprinklers on and off at a designated time.

Simple Staycation Garden Ideas

Set aside an area for leisure (remember – no work allowed!). A deck works well, or you can easily designate an area with gravel or paving stones.

Construct a wall to separate your staycation area from the rest of your landscape. Tall, narrow shrubs or a vine-covered pergola or trellis can also serve as a divider.

Include outdoor lighting so you can enjoy your staycation after dark. Solar lights are classy and inexpensive.

Buy some outdoor furniture. You don’t need to impress anybody, so go for comfort and functionality over beauty.

An outdoor kitchen or stationary barbecue is a great idea for staycation backyard gardens, but only if you like to cook.

Add a simple water feature such as a stand-alone fountain. The sound of the water is guaranteed to promote ease and relaxation.

Mary H. Dyer

A Credentialed Garden Writer, Mary H. Dyer was with Gardening Know How in the very beginning, publishing articles as early as 2007.