Kathy’s Gardening Guide

Outdoor Living: Creating Your Zen Space!

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Cooler weather is coming, and now is a perfect time to create a new outdoor living space at your home! Outdoor living spaces provide the opportunity to spend time in nature — a proven way to reduce stress, blood pressure and muscle tension. A study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) found that time spent in nature can improve brain function and memory. Beyond these health benefits, spending time outdoors is a great way to bond with family and friends!

An outdoor living space can add value to your home and provide additional entertaining areas. These spaces may include intentionally designed landscaping, fireplaces, pools, outdoor kitchens and more. They can feature seating arrangements, game tables, lighting and water features. Outdoor living spaces are both functional and relaxing!

Pavers are an easy way to create patios, benches, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and walls. They can be a hardscape to highlight landscaping or surround a pool. Pavers come in many shapes, colors and patterns to accent your home.

Be sure to consider the following details when planning your new outdoor living space:

  • Size and shape to fit your yard
  • Colors and patterns to complement your home
  • Available and/or needed shade
  • Desired uses for your new outdoor living area
  • Gardens and planters to accent your new patio
  • Existing or needed irrigation to meet your landscaping needs
  • Lighting to highlight your new space

Happy creating!

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Please email Kathy at kcg.pvr@gmail.com for any questions or gardening tips you would like to see in the future. For more information & ideas, visit Kathy’s Creative Gardens & Nursery, 196 N. Roscoe Blvd. The phone number is 904-655-7373.

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