Is your back garden just a patch of dull grass? If so, then it could be so much more than that.
Backyards can be anything from a tranquil space to relax to an area for hosting parties to a spot to play some games with the kids. With just a few alterations, your backyard could be the best part of your house.
Just like upgrading your living room, making changes to your garden will help to add value to your property down the line if you ever wish to sell.
If you feel like now is the time to improve your backyard and make the most of summer, consider some of the following tips.
Creating a central space for gatherings
Regardless of whether you’d like an area for entertaining guests or simply need somewhere to read the newspaper and sip coffee in the sun, you’ll need one special zone.
A patio can quickly transform a dull garden into a thriving place that you’ll use again and again. You could place wooden planks, pour concrete down, or lay bricks, but any surface you use needs to be big enough for outdoor furniture, a table, and umbrellas to defend against the sun and rain.
If you’re the hosting type, then a BBQ is the ultimate item for your backyard, as nothing says “party” like a grill! Make sure you check out these patio design ideas to help you get inspired.
Hang up outdoor lighting
The garden is there to use the sun, of course, but when things start to get dark, you’ll want to turn on some outdoor lights to help improve the ambience.
Fairy lights strung up around the patio and nearby trees will always look beautiful and give off a surprising amount of illumination. A gas heater can also double as warmth and lighting when the temperature drops. Here are more great tips concerning light and heat if you wish to enjoy your patio or balcony all year round.
Grow some exotic flowers
While man-made items are certainly an excellent way to improve your backyard, there’s nothing better than real nature in front of you. Many flowers are easy enough to grow and just require a bit of time and attention to flourish, so try planting some simple options like sunflowers, daylilies, lavender, and snapdragons.
Guests are often fascinated by beautiful flowers in bloom, and these really help to brighten up a garden. Plus, gardening is a rewarding hobby that is cost-friendly and doesn’t take up too much of your energy. Buy some seeds from your local garden centre and reap the benefits!
One relaxing showpiece
If every backyard needs a single thing, it has to be one centrepiece of relaxation. By this, we mean something that people will gravitate towards, such as a hammock or swing. Hammocks are not the easiest things to get out of, but if you have nothing planned for the day, they are calming once you’re in!
Swing chairs are always fun for a while, as you gently rock back and forth while grabbing some sun and fresh air. These chairs aren’t the chairs for eating or drinking, but you can chill out for some minutes before moving back to the patio for refreshments.
Add a fire pit
The best conversations always happen around a cosy fire! When the night comes, a fire pit is the best excuse to stay outside longer and keep the good times rolling.
Installing a fire pit is not just great for the adults to sit around and have a few drinks, but the kids will also love warming their hands and toasting marshmallows and pieces of bread.
The great thing about fire pits is that after installation, you’ll just have to buy charcoal and logs of wood when it’s time to use the pit. There’s also something very soothing about building a fire and keeping it roaring for most of the evening.
Paint your fence
Your fence is not just there to give privacy, protect your family and pets, and define your property’s boundary, but it can also look great as decoration.
You can extend your green thumb by adding climbing vines, as these need very little attention and often grow of their own accord. They’ll simply need a trim if they get too out of hand.
You can also string fairy lights across the fence to improve your backyard’s illumination, but don’t forget to paint the fence in a welcoming, summer colour that always looks great in the sun.
Your backyard should be a place you want to spend time in as much as possible, and by adding all or some of the above features, you’re getting the most out of your home and even improving its selling value in the future.