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Zen Zones: Designing Tranquil and Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

Zen Zones Designing Tranquil and Sustainable Outdoor Spaces
Life can get hectic and stressful sometimes, so you need a place where you can go to unwind and be at peace with your thoughts. If you’re a homeowner, that magical space could be outside your door. You can modify your yard in many ways to make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself. By adding calming attributes and including sustainable ideas, you can have a space to truly chill out. Do it just right, and you may spend every waking moment in your zen zone.

If you’re looking to create your own natural sanctuary, this is the time. This guide will provide tips and inspiration you need to get started.

Modify Your Yard to Your Needs

There are many ways to design a tranquil space. How you start all depends on you and what truly makes you comfortable.

In many cases, a simple design can eliminate some of the havoc of life. Choose only the furniture you know you’ll use and buy functional chairs and tables with a clean, streamlined design. When considering your color scheme, try to avoid loud and contrasting colors. Instead, think of earthy and muted colors that won’t distract you when trying to relax. You can also add simplicity to the lighting. Add LED lights with low color temperatures that feel more relaxing than overbearing.

You may prefer a more comfortable place where you can relax and potentially drift off to sleep. In that case, you may choose larger furniture with thicker cushions and space for plenty of pillows. Opt to place your relaxation chair in a shady area. Another option, if you have the funds or you can make one yourself, is to add a gazebo.

You can also find your zen by incorporating ways to improve your mental health, and one of the best options is to plant a garden. There’s something so fulfilling about planting a seed, seeing it grow into a fruitful plant, and knowing that you had a part in making that happen. Even a small garden can be wonderful, and you can maximize that reduced space by creating a vertical garden on a wall or putting plants on your windowsill.

Choose an Eco-Friendly Yard

Incorporating sustainable ideas and creating a truly eco-friendly yard is a great way to make your outdoor space more tranquil and peaceful. Knowing that your zen zone is not only good for you but also beneficial to the environment can make you feel even better about your efforts.

There are various benefits of eco-friendly lawn care for you and the environment. For instance, part of sustainable care means helping grass, trees, and plants thrive without chemicals. Many herbicides are harmful to the environment because they can leak into the soil and water supply. Plus, breathing chemicals over time can also be harmful. Instead of chemicals, you can use cleaner products, such as diatomaceous earth to remove unwanted materials and peppermint to deter spiders.

Being eco-friendly also means using less water. By implementing a sustainable watering routine with drip hoses and a set schedule, you can help your yard thrive and save money on utilities. A final benefit of an eco-friendly yard is the many lessons you can learn from nature’s simplicity, such as the clarity you can achieve from the stillness of ponds and the beauty in the simple designs of many trees and flowers.

In addition to water conservation and reducing the use of pesticides, other strategies for an eco-friendly yard include:

  • ● Using mulch to keep the roots of plants moist instead of water.
  • ● Composting
  • ● Using green tools made from sustainable materials, such as bamboo and steel.
  • ● Not cutting your grass too short so you don’t stress the turf and make it more vulnerable to weeds.

Another way to create a tranquil space is to have privacy away from the outside world. You can pair those two aspects by building a fence out of eco-friendly materials. There are various fencing materials that are ideal for a green yard, including bamboo, which grows abundantly and is resistant to rot and decay. Another option is cap-composite fencing, which is made from a combination of wood fibers and recycled plastics, and it looks just like a standard wood fence. Look at your options and decide what’s best for your personal zen zone.

Make Your Yard Easy to Maintain

Finally, the best way to breathe new life into your space and relieve some stress is to make your yard easy to maintain. By minimizing maintenance, you can spend more time relaxing.

One of the best ways to design your outdoor space for comfort and ease is to look for plants that are suitable and native to your environment. When you find trees and plant life that work with the soil and the overall ecosystem in your area, they can often thrive with minimal intervention and stay vibrant and plush all season. Then, you can enjoy them without the constant work.

Another way to make a significant impact with little effort or hassle is to think about your lighting. You may feel like relaxing during the evening, but conventional lighting can mean tripping over wires and changing bulbs.

Instead, you can look into solar lighting that automatically turns on when it gets dark so you can continue relaxing into the evening hours without issue.


With a bit of planning and some good ideas, you can create the perfect tranquil zen zone in your yard or outdoor space. Make the area comfortable, peaceful, and sustainable, and you’ll have the ideal setup to escape in times of need.

Written by Sam Bowman
Sam Bowman has a passion for health and wellness. As a seasoned professional writer, he specializes in topics about people, tech, healthcare and how they merge. In his spare time he likes running, reading, and combining the two in a run to his local bookstore.
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