Turn your Garden into a Playground

If you're thinking about fresh garden ideas for summer, why not transform your backyard into a playground?

If you've got kids, you'll know how important playing is for their development. It can be a source of both relaxation and stimulation for them, improving their motor skills and even their social skills. It can develop their imagination, creativity and coordination - and all it takes is a few simple structures and tools in your backyard.

If you've got enough space, encourage your kids to play sports in your yard. Sport improves cognitive development, physical growth and has all sorts of psychological benefits. If you've got more than one child, all you need is a bit of space and a ball, and you've got a backyard game of soccer. Add a hoop for basketball or netball, and a bat for cricket.

It's even better if you can get out there with them and play too. You can teach them the correct form, skills, and it will do wonders for your parent-child bond.

A swing set or cubby house is another great way to utilise your outdoor area and give kids a reason to get outside. You can purchase DIY sets and even build it together if your child is old enough to help.

If you're childless, however, a few garden design improvements could see your property transformed into a prime entertaining area for you and your friends. Fairy lights, pot plants and an outdoor fireplace can turn your backyard from boring to beautiful in an instant. Add a barbecue and a table and chairs for the ultimate in outdoor dining.

If you're lucky enough to have a pool, you'll hardly need to do any renovations! Simply add a deck chair and an outdoor umbrella and you're set to enjoy another stellar Australian summer.

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