If you are like most homeowners, you probably love spending time in your backyard, especially in summer. However, if your landscape requires a more cohesive vision or is unattractive, you may shy away from regularly getting into nature. Fortunately, there are easy and inexpensive ways to update your backyard to create an escape space to have fun, relax, and unwind. Read on for nine tips for sprucing up your backyard.
1. Declutter the space
You do not have to spend thousands of dollars to spruce up your backyard. Even a simple project, such as clearing clutter, can help create an inviting outdoor space. To declutter your backyard, assess it for elements you want to keep, donate, and get rid of. Next, arrange the items you intend to keep and donate or eliminate accessories and furniture that do not belong to your outdoor space. Be sure to rake up dry leaves, twigs, and debris, trim bushes and trees, hose off walkways, and prune perennials when decluttering to make your yard a place you want to kick back and relax.
2. Invest in a custom deck or patio
Kicking back and relaxing in your backyard can be difficult if you do not have a designated patio or deck. Consider hiring an experienced, reputable, and reliable contractor to design a custom deck or patio for you. A deck expands your entertaining space, improves your yard’s aesthetic appeal, provides a space for outdoor decor, and increases your home’s value. Add lanterns, pillows, blankets, and flowers to make your backyard cozier.
3. Paint the fence
Few things can detract from the visual appeal of your backyard more than a mold-covered fence. Consider staining or painting your wooden fencing to upgrade your landscape and increase your garden fence’s longevity. You could choose a nude paint color to accentuate your plants or bold colors to make your backyard stand out. You should also eliminate overgrown shrubs and unwanted vegetation that make your wooden fencing appear unkempt or older to improve your yard’s overall look and feel.
4. Add outdoor lighting
You do not have to retreat into your house as dusk sets in. Keep enjoying the outdoors by adding strategically placed outdoor lighting. Landscape lighting maximizes the function of your outdoor space, adds ambiance, and makes your yard more secure and safer. Be sure to choose pocket-friendly lighting options such as spotlighting, lantern, string, and solar.
5. Add a water feature
The sound and sight of water in your yard can bring a relaxing, therapeutic effect. If you have adequate backyard space and a budget, consider installing a private swimming pool. A backyard pool allows you to exercise, relax, and cool off on a hot summer afternoon in the comfort of your home. For a homeowner with limited space or budget, investing in affordable water features such as a fountain, garden pond, birdbath, or koi pond can allow you to listen to the trickling water sound in your backyard.
6. Lay new turf
Installing artificial grass is one of the most inexpensive, easiest, and quickest ways to transform your outdoor space into a lush green sanctuary. New turf does not only improve your yard’s visual appeal. It also increases your property’s value and offers lifestyle and health benefits. New turf can be a natural filter, enabling you to eliminate pollutants and dust from the atmosphere. Since the new turf is soft underfoot, it is perfect for homes with kids and pets: your children can run barefoot without getting hurt! Be sure to choose an artificial grass type that requires little or no maintenance to keep costs at a minimum.
7. Invest in a fire pit
It can be challenging to host friends in your backyard in the evening or during winter, thanks to the cold weather. Instantly add warmth to your outdoor space by installing a fireplace, chiminea, or fire pit. You could even build a seating area around the firepit to enable you to relax and chat with your family and friends as you stare at the flames. With that being said, do not install the fire pit on top of your wooden deck or patio, under a roof, or near structures to prevent fire damage.
8. Incorporate a diverse mix of planters into your backyard
Add potted plants with various planters into your landscape to elevate your outdoor space’s aesthetics. Consider filling larger and smaller urns with different plants based on dimension, texture, and color to make your landscape more appealing. You could also invest in taller plants with moss and ivy spilling over the sides to make your backyard pop. With that being said, consider your region’s soil type, maintenance requirements, and available space when choosing ideal plants for your backyard.
9. Build an outdoor kitchen
If you regularly throw barbecues or love entertaining guests in your backyard, consider investing in an outdoor kitchen. Partner with an experienced professional to design an outdoor cookhouse that meets your needs.
You do not have to break the bank to make your backyard more inviting. Declutter the space, paint the fence, add outdoor lighting, a fire pit, and a water feature, lay new turf, and build an outdoor kitchen to spruce up your outdoor space.