Have you been out to your backyard lately? How is it looking? This winter was harsh, so I’ll bet your backyard has been neglected. Maybe it feels like too much to deal with even though you want to enjoy the spring and summer sunshine. Don’t let the sad state of your backyard bring you down. Instead, do something about it.
Here is a list of backyard ideas to help you figure out what to do with yours.
Change the Landscape
Patchy grass and weeds can make anyone feel frustrated. A fantastic place to start is by changing your landscaping. Planting tall fescue grass seed can help create a lush green look. Pulling weeds may sound like an exhausting afternoon, but look at is as a stress-reliever. You can make your backyard look good and maintain your sanity.
Speaking of sanity, gardening is a source of happiness for many people. Adding rose bushes, a bed of tulips or a bank of hostas means you spend some time loving your land and enjoying the peace that comes with digging in the dirt. Trust me. Loving your land means it will love you back!
Adding Water Play
Adding a pool to your yard is the one thing you should consider if you can. Swimming is an excellent exercise, pools are great for gathering friends and family, and a pool adds beauty to your backyard. Consider the space and your budget before you begin shopping for the pool that you want. Above-ground pools are the most affordable, but they don’t last as long as below-ground. Both are great options based on your needs. If you know you are going to move in less than 10 years, an above-ground pool is probably a better option for you. My parents had an above-ground pool and my kids loved it! Unfortunately, it got destroyed by a tornado!
What if you can’t add a pool? No worries, you can look at creating a hot tub hut and enjoy cool evenings in the backyard. Or you can consider a man-made pond that you can stock with fish that you feed each day. Any water feature can add a lot to your yard.
Adding structures to your backyard is one of the best options because they can give you more living space. The number one choice is a deck so that you can host barbecues all summer long. If you already have one, maybe expand it or repair it if it’s looking bad.
Gazebos are a great choice if you want a spot to get away and enjoy the outdoors. Tea-time or a light lunch in a gazebo feels extra special and enjoyable.
Ladies, you might enjoy having a she-shed while the men settle down in the mancave. She-sheds have become incredibly popular over the years and are a great addition to your property. You can create the look you like, and it is all yours!
A Few More Tips
Before you start planning, take a breath. It is easy to get excited about sprucing up the backyard, but you need a careful plan. Write out everything you would like to do for yard improvement then figure out what your budget is for the project. If you don’t have a big budget, prioritize your list in order of what you want to do first. Create a savings plan to meet your needs.
Start small! You don’t have to do the biggest and longest project on your list. If you start small and love your results, you are more likely to continue with more projects. Pulling weeds and cleaning up doesn’t cost a thing! Look at thrift stores for outdoor furniture. My son and his friends made an inexpensive fire pit with tiki torches in our tiny backyard. They have a blast out there when the weather is nice.
All of these backyard ideas will bring life and joy to you in your backyard. A side benefit is that all of this will add value to your home if you ever decide to sell. Nothing is better than improving your yard for your own reasons while increasing your home’s value.
What shape is your backyard in? What things have you done to improve it? Do you have any plans for it this spring and summer? I’d love to get your backyard ideas!