The winter in the UK can be long and hard. The sun is nowhere to be seen and the cold makes us stay indoors for longer. Between the months of September and April, the NHS estimates that 1 in 15 people in the country experience some form of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. This is a form of depression that is triggered by the lack of light and some of its symptoms include insomnia, apathy and anxiety.
Whilst there is very little one can do to treat these aside from seeing a professional, we can make sure we get proper sunlight during the summer by being exposed to the sun as much as we can in order to endure the winter months with ease.
Your current living conditions might not be ideal for you to get maximum hours of sun exposure, but some of the below ideas will hopefully give you the motivation you need to turn your back garden into your personal sunbathing haven.
Tiling your back garden
If you are anything like the majority of the population in the UK, you probably view your garden as your little baby, the one that needs constant looking after but rewards you every time you do. Whilst some people might like to keep their gardens green and leafy, others prefer creating a tiled space where they can place sofas, chairs and tables and relax in style. If you too would like to have a tiled area that you can decorate and use for entertaining guests and walking barefoot whilst barbecuing burgers and hot dogs, this natural limestone paving company will help you improve the look of your back garden.
Build your own pond
Building a pond in your back garden will bring it to life by adding an extra dimension to it. Many gardening companies can be contacted for them to do the job for you, but if you would like to give it a go yourself, you can also do this. You start the process by digging out a hole and installing a PVC liner. Don’t make it too deep as this could be a health and safety hazard to your or your guests’ children. Once you have filled the hole with water and water treatment, you can select which creatures to fill it with and then make sure you feed these regularly.
Create a miniature garden
If you would like to entertain the little ones, thinking of creating miniature gardens for these to be dotted around your back garden might be a great idea. These could include little cactus plants and pebble stones and then be decorated with bright and elegant accessories. If you are brave enough, you could even let the kids have a go at decorating one of these and see how it turns out. Including a toy they own will provide the children with a deeper connection to their surroundings and the end result might even look professional. Let them create their own miniature garden!