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How to transform your garden into an oasis of calm - plus win the ultimate wilko garden makeover; Treat yourself with these wonderful ideas from wilko - without breaking the bank.

Byline: Dave Masters

Being outside is great for your wellbeing - boosting mood and helping you to relax.

And the best thing is, you don't need a huge sprawling lawn to feel the benefits.

With just a little bit of space and some creative thinking, you can turn your patch into a slice of paradise.

We've teamed up with value home and garden retailer wilko to pull together a list of ideas to help transform your patio, balcony or lawn into a little oasis of calm.

They're all small changes you can make on a budget which have the potential to make a huge difference to your happiness this summer.

We're also running a competition for four lucky readers to win an incredible summer garden makeover.Click hereto enter - or via the form at the bottom of the page!

The colours you use can have a huge impact on your mood. For example, cool and calming blue can provide a sense of tranquillity, while green can create a feeling of relaxation and calmness.

Make the most of your space by adding colourfulpotted plantsandflowersin a variety of shapes and sizes.

For a calming environment, try putting your favourite plants into a variety ofpotsand positioning them at different levels to decorate your space. Also, try placinglanternsaround your garden for after sunset.

Or experiment with colouredgarden furniture. Using bright colours can give you a playful, low maintenance look which will perk up your patio no end.

Why is it that food always seems to taste better outside? Maybe its thesizzle of the sausagesor the crunch of a perfectly grilled chicken - or just that wonderful wafting aroma?

Several studies have shown that spending time outdoors has countless health benefits - from reducing your heart rate and blood pressure to decreasing stress hormones and easing muscle tension.

Win the ultimate summer garden makeover from wilko - here's how to enter

Practice your cooking skills this summer andtreat your guests to a spot of outdoor dining.Wilko have the perfect dining set for eating under the sky.

A day at work can leave your mind and body feeling stressed, soa comfortable chair to slide intowhen you get home can be a great way to unwind.

Turn a corner of your garden into a mini getaway by relaxing back in a lovely new chair, such as the wilkoHardwood Deck Chair.

Pair your choice with aparasoland you'll be ready to relax in the shade with a glass of your favourite tipple.

Bring a bit of the countryside into your space by giving it a mini makeover. Achieve that 'escape to the country' look with aRustic Wooden Bench, complete withvelour cushions.

Accessories are a great way of really bringing that quaint style into your pad. Consider getting something simple like aheart hangerorwatering canto help complete the look.

The sun going down needn't signal the end of your night. Extend the time you can enjoy your space by investing in some stylish bits to keep you warm.

There's nothing more relaxing - or romantic - than snuggling up beneath the stars with somecushions and throws.

No matter how big or small your patch, our transformation teams are ready to swoop.

So, if you want to transform a tired terrace into a stunning patio garden, create an outdoor dining area that'll be the envy of the street or turn an overgrown garden into a green oasis, enter now to be in with the chance of winning a garden makeover, courtesy of wilko.

The leading garden retailer has a range of garden products to help you make a big difference to your garden this summer.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is send us a photo of your garden as it is today - and explain why it needs a makeover and what you would like done using the form below.

Good luck!

wilko competition

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 25, 2018
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