The garden is a great space to relax after a busy day and can offer some brilliant respite from screaming kids, washing up and cooking. At least that's the theory anyway, but if you live near a busy road, or you live in a wind tunnel, then you can find that your garden isn't quite as relaxing as it could be because it's a constant racket. Stepping outside of your home only to be greeted by a wall of noise, by roaring traffic and by rushing wind is no fun, and if you want to actually spend time relaxing in your garden then it's a problem you're going to have to address. Here we will look at some of the things you can do to quieten your garden and to make it the perfect escape that it should by all-rights be already.
Tall Hedges and Trees
One of the first and best tips is to try growing tall hedges and trees around your garden. This can make a profound difference to your garden in making it much quieter and more peaceful and even a little more private.
Of course tall hedges and trees will make a garden more private because it will be more difficult for people to see in (though you should note this will also mean you get less light). At the same time, if you have taller hedges and trees you'll also be blocking some of the wind that might otherwise hit your garden and this will instantly make it quieter.
Finally, having tall trees around your garden will absorb some of the noise that might be coming from the road and elsewhere and this will mean you have a quieter environment to unwind in.
Wind is a big problem for ruining the peace in your garden, and this can be even more of an issue if you have passages down the sides of your home. These passages can end up directing wind, becoming 'wind tunnels' where the air picks up speed and force. Thus your garden becomes filled with strong gusts that ruin your plants and make a racket.
A solution? Add in some doors down the side of the garden that will act as windbreaks. Alternatively if you erect a shed then the area directly behind it should be sheltered from most wind giving you at least one spot in the garden that will be a little more peaceful.
Better yet, why not build a summer house? Now you can sit inside that when you want to relax outside by have some peace and quiet too. Additionally this gives you somewhere where you can chill out when it's raining and it won't matter if you fall asleep.
We tend to think of wildlife such as birds as a peaceful addition to our home, but actually they can sometimes be anything but. Especially if they squawk at all hours and fight in the trees which can actually be quite disturbing. If you want to win the fight for your garden and get some peace and quiet back then, you should consider removing that bird bath – maybe even adding a scarecrow.
Here's a completely different strategy. If the sound of the road is ruining your garden, then why not drown it out with a different noise that would at least be a little more restful? This could mean simply having a large CD player by the door that you can play some pleasant music from, or it could mean installing some fountains which create a very soporific sound.
Just as adding trees and hedges around your garden can protect you from noise, so too can using the right garden layout and landscaping. For instance, if you design your garden so that it features a dipped area that's lower down, then this can also offer you a bit more shelter from noise and wind. Speak to a landscape construction company and see what they can do for you.
Most of all though, don't give up! Even if you're right by a busy road and your garden is constantly hit by gusts of wind there are at least some things you can do to make it a little quieter and a little more restful.
Today's featured writer, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger, who often writes for SMOOV Construction, which specializes in outdoor designs in Perth. She likes to practice yoga to stay healthy and fit. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.