Outdoor Trend: Zoning - Creating Space for the Whole Family

Whether your yard is big or small, assigning sections for different activities will ensure your space has something for everyone.

Zoning your backyard means defining different sections for things like playing, eating, cooking, and relaxing. 

Landscaping expert Jason Hodges says zoning provides versatility and "creates a sense of exploration and adventure through the use of multiple environments within a single area."

“The great thing about zoned gardens is that they are family friendly,” Jason explains.

“By creating a zoned garden, children can play outdoors in a safe environment whilst parents can supervise in comfort just a few feet away.”

Here are Jason's top tips for zoning your back yard:

1) Children’s retreat

Kids love having their own section of the garden and parents love keeping toys and play equipment tidy - and preferably all in one place!

Assign one corner of the yard as a play area. Swing sets, cubby houses, sand pits and toys can live in that area.

Jason suggests building your own hopscotch using large pavers. Paint them as you like and place them in form.

What's more, a hopscotch pitch can double as an activity area, and a path.

2) Entertaining Area

Firstly, consider the type of entertaining area you would like. Would you like a large area for entertaining family and friends, or a small area for sitting down, sipping a glass of wine and reading a book.

Jason suggests a built-in barbecue area, with the grill and a great table and chairs. He suggests paving the area with a durable paver, such as the Euro Stone from Adbri Masonry

"Built in seating is a great way to make the most of limited space and a vertical garden on unused walls will add visual interest and character," Jason adds.

3) Relax and Unwind

Jason believes the best relaxation space is about making a "holiday at home".

"You can theme the space to suit your style," he claims. "Call on inspiration from holidays and the things that make you happy. Add outdoor lounge seating or a day bed and decorate the space using planter boxes from concrete blocks and finish with lantern lights which are very trendy at the moment."

Jason is an ambassador for Adbri Masonry.

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