Enjoying your community scheme’s shared spaces all year round

Picnic bench, jungle gym and waste bin from recycled plastic in a shared community scheme garden space

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Enjoying your community scheme’s shared spaces all year round

Temperatures are dropping, the days are getting shorter and the trees are already losing their leaves. Winter is a season that can make us want to stay indoors, huddled up in blankets and sipping hot chocolate. Although we might be tempted to stay indoors during the colder months, getting outside is still good for you.

Why getting outside is good for you

Spending time outside during winter is important for one’s physical and mental health. Firstly, colder temperatures boost our metabolisms, as our bodies burn more calories to keep warm. Exposure to sunlight is vital for getting enough vitamin D, which is vital for bone health and healthy immune functioning.

The fresh air and natural light can also boost mood and increase energy levels. Spending time outside during the colder months can help combat the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It also helps reduce stress and improves mental clarity.

Communal outdoor areas

Communal gardens are a popular feature of modern sectional title developments, offering landscaped gardens, braai areas, swimming pools, and playgrounds. The body corporate typically manages these areas’ upkeep and collects levies from owners to cover maintenance and repair costs. A well-maintained communal garden can add significant value to a property and create a sense of community for residents.

Make it inviting

Fortunately, in South Africa, we are blessed with plenty of mild sunny winter days, offering plenty of opportunities to spend some time outdoors. To make communal gardens inviting during winter, it is essential to create an appealing and functional outdoor area. Adding outdoor furniture, colourful plants, and lighting can transform a garden into a winter wonderland. The following tips and ideas can help maximise the use of communal gardens in the winter months: 

A rake and autumn leaves

1. Tidy up your existing garden

Here are some simple steps to get your gardens ready for winter:

  • Clear out any plants that didn’t make it through the summer and any dead or dying foliage. This will help to prevent the spread of disease and decay, which can harm other plants in the garden.
  • Trim overgrown trees or shrubs to prevent damage from frost. Pruning also encourages healthy growth when spring arrives.
  • Rake up any leaves or debris that have accumulated over the summer months to help prevent the growth of mould and mildew.
A bark bench and rubbish bin in a park

2. Plan the space and create zones

Take some time to plan before buying outdoor furniture and accessories. How do you want to use the space – do you want it to be a place for relaxation, entertainment, or both? Consider the budget, the size of the space, and your community scheme’s style. Our range of outdoor furniture includes the following equipment that can help create distinct zones to help make the most of the available space:

  • safe and fun jungle gyms for play areas,
  • attractive picnic benches for braai and picnic areas, and
  • park benches for those who prefer to just sit back, relax and enjoy a good book.
Blue and purple violas

3. Plant winter-resistant plants

According to Private Property, planting winter-resistant plants such as pansies, violas, and snapdragons can add colour to your garden and keep it looking vibrant throughout winter. Cover plants that are sensitive to cold temperatures with blankets or burlap to protect them from frost.

Range of recycled plastic furniture, including park benches, picnic table and rubbish bin.

4. Choose durable furniture

Outdoor furniture needs to be durable and weather resistant. Recycled plastic furniture is extremely durable and can withstand the elements, making it a great choice for outdoor use. We use plastic timber pallets made from recycled polypropylene plastic to construct our outdoor advertising infrastructure. This synthetic wood can withstand extreme temperatures, moisture, and UV rays while maintaining the aesthetics of real wood. The furniture can be left outside all year round without worrying about damage or deterioration.

Proper maintenance is essential to ensure that your outdoor furniture lasts as long as possible. Our synthetic wood furniture requires very little maintenance. The equipment doesn’t require sealing or staining, won’t rot or splinter and is easy to clean with soap and water.

A cosy outdoor area that includes a bench with cushions, a small table with candles and a screen with fairy lights

5. Create a cosy and comfortable atmosphere

Choose outdoor furniture that is comfortable to sit on and invest in cushions and pillows to make the space even more comfortable. If the budget and space allow, your scheme can even invest in outdoor heaters or fire pits to provide warmth.

Outdoor lighting can also help create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Consider adding eco-friendly and cost-effective solar-powered string lights and lanterns to create ambience.

Getting your sectional title scheme gardens ready for winter doesn’t have to be daunting. Following these simple tips ensures that your garden stays healthy, inviting, and vibrant throughout the colder months. Making the most of your gardens all year round also helps create a sense of community among residents.

And remember, outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic is an excellent way to make your garden eco-friendlier while also enjoying the benefits of durable and low-maintenance furniture.