Owning a backyard is considered a privilege and an honour but countless homeowners waste the opportunity to transform their backyard into something special. Instead, they convert this little patch of open space into a storage unit and pile up junk. However, it takes so little to instantly turn the yard into a charming place where the whole family can enjoy sipping drinks or lounging in a hammock. These are just a couple of activities you could do in the garden if you put into action some of the following ideas that are bound to reshape the whole backyard.
Building a fire pit
Even during summer months, it can get chilly at night, making the backyard space unusable. You could turn things around by a simple feature that will make it possible to extend the stay outdoors deep into the night. DIY fire pits are the latest trend this season, as they are easy to install and have the potential to become the social hub of your yard at night. Your friends and family members can all get under a blanket and tell stories all night while roasting marshmallows on sticks. Who would have thought that a circular stone formation with a fire inside had the power to create such memorable moments?
A hedge with mirrors
If you are feeling really extravagant, then a hedge adorned with mirrors is the perfect thing for you. This is a neat design for those yards that have an ugly-looking wall on one side that needs decorating. Vertical landscaping will add another dimension to your backyard and make the whole space appear higher and therefore bigger. Nobody would be able to peek inside your backyard because of the foliage, while you will be able to look yourself in any of the mirrors you choose to hang. Since they will sit outside, you can get vintage mirrors that someone had thrown away. Of course, they have to be in one piece.
A clean backyard
The problem with some yards is that they haven’t been cleaned for so long that they have lost their original appearance. Underneath all that muck and worthless junk that accumulated over the years lies a beautiful garden just waiting to be unearthed! If this is the case with your backyard, roll up your sleeves and prepare to scrub hard in a thorough exterior house cleaning spree or even better, hire many of the companies that specialize in outdoor cleaning to perform the cleansing of the backyard for you. Just make sure they use eco-friendly cleaning solution as you don’t want to harm the ecosystem of the backyard.
Planting a garden
The reason why you shouldn’t use any industrial chemicals when cleaning the backyard is to protect the soil and keep it fertile so you could grow a garden. Even if you aren’t a green thumb, you can still maintain a garden because there are so many instructional videos online that can help you learn the ropes of gardening. Once you become skilled, you could start composting and even growing organic vegetables that will be used in your family’s diet. And all these thanks to the decision to finally clean up the backyard.
A garden set
In order to maximize the use of the backyard, you firstly need a place to sit down or even lie down. The best way to start introducing furniture to the yard is to place a garden set near the house consisting of a table and a few chairs. Because they are going to stay outside, make sure they are made from a durable and water-resistant material such as plastic. When the weather is fine, you could have dinner outside to start anthropologically reclaiming the space of the backyard, because a disused space cannot really be owned by anyone.
A splash pad for the kids
If you are firm in your decision to spruce up the backyard, then you are probably doing this because of the children. You want them to have their own piece of nature where they can play and enjoy the fresh air. Well, there is no better way to lure them out of the house and make them set aside their tablets than a splash pad or natural playground. This water feature is easy to install and it doesn’t cost much but it is an endless source of fun during hot summer days. Once the nozzles start spraying water all over the place, the neighbourhood children will flock to your backyard. Also, there are many fun garden projects that can involve your children in gardening, and that means spending more precious time together.
Putting into action any of the 6 ideas listed above will instantly turn your once dull backyard into a charming oasis of fun and relaxation. In the end, you will regret not redesigning your garden sooner!