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    How to transform your backyard into a Japanese garden

    Published on 26 June 2014, Thursday, 3:21 AM

    Many people are intrigued by Japanese gardens, as they often represent peace and tranquillity - the perfect atmosphere to relax in. If you have been thinking about how you can make your back garden more appealing over winter, this could be the perfect option for you.

    Recreating your own is simple. Here a few must-haves to include if you decide a Japanese garden is right for you:

    1. Water feature
    The sound of trickling water is synonymous with relaxation. By incorporating a fountain or water feature of some sort in your garden, gathering a sense of calm in your outdoor space will be effortless. Have this feature flow down into a larger body of water to really create a peaceful environment - and fish can make great first family pets!

    2. Zen garden
    A lot of people have mini Zen gardens that they use to calm themselves during stressful times - but many don't consider the amazing effects that a full size version can have, too! Again using a digger, create an area that you can fill with sand. Add a few large rocks for circling around with your rake, and you will have an incredible place to empty your mind and refocus your energy - plus it can be great for some light exercise!

    3. Bridge
    Create a little pathway along the edge of your Zen garden, past the water feature and over the pond or stream. A bridge is a gorgeous aesthetic in any garden and can be easily built with a wood or stone cutter. Whether you opt for a straight across wooden bridge or a curved rock look, these are stunning across any body of water.

    Winter in Japan welcomes stunning bursts of blossom, which will look breathtaking in your new garden. Place these around your new features to add a pop of colour and to create a truly authentic Asian look.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.