Summer is round the corner and that means getting outdoors so it’s time to start thinking about your backyard and getting back into usable condition. While we all know how much work a backyard can be, we don’t all appreciate what it is we have or know how to make the most of it.
There are a lot of ways to make more from your space, so if you’re lucky enough to have some backyard space then this is your guide to get started with some quick wins that will help you transform your backyard space.
The issue for a lot us is that when we think about the backyard we can only imagine the hard work. It might be mowing the lawn, it might be taking care of the turf or just tidying up after your kids but whatever the case that maintenance takes time and energy that we don’t always have and we can quickly associate the backyard with negatives.
Of course, your backyard is an extension of your home, and like your home you get out what you put in. If you want the dream home then it takes time, money and energy and the same can be said for your backyard. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some shortcuts and quick solutions to help you transform and improve the space without breaking the bank or your back in the process.
If you’re new to garden work then Rex Garden is a good place to start. This is a hub of all the latest information about backyard accessories, tips and tricks that will make your life easier. It might also have give you some ideas of the kinds of thing you want to own which will help you make the most of your garden.
Using this, and our own experience, we’ve compiled a list of 10 ways to spice up your backyard to give you a bit of inspiration and hopefully guide you on the way to transforming your garden.
There’s a lot of ways to change up your backyard and what you opt for will depend entirely on your space, environment and who uses it (specifically if you have kids or not). There’s no one size fits all but hopefully this gives you some idea of how to spice it up:
Number one on any homeowners wish list should be a hot tub. The ultimate in relaxation, a hot tub is the perfect way to destress after a busy day and chill out in the comfort of your own home. Fitting a hot tub in your backyard is also a good way to make you extremely popular with your friends and family and with more inflatable models than ever before, it won’t cost you a lot of money.
Fire bowls are the accessory of 2019, taking the benefits of fire pits to the next level. A fire bowl lets you control a flame and acts as a great centrepiece in your yard. Perfect for chilling out or for gatherings, a fire bowl adds a real touch of class to your backyard. If you’re considering it then look out for copper fire bowls as these offer the best value.
Pools won’t be the right choice for everyone, but if you have the space you should seriously consider it. Great for kids and adults alike, a pool adds a lot to your backyard and will get you using the space more than ever before.
A pergola is an arched structure that can be set up in your backyard to help shelter from the rain or offer protection from the sun. These fairly simple structures transform the look of your garden and give a more refined look to your home. You can get pergolas as stand alone units or attached to your home depending on your preference.
Most people have only enjoyed saunas in the gym but there is nothing like having a sauna in your own home. Infrared saunas are different from traditional saunas as they don’t have the same level of moisture or humidity.
This means they operate better as stand alone devices and you can have one in your very own backyard with minimal hassle. Less expensive than you might think, this is definitely one to consider.
Pool games are an awesome way to accessories your pool and add some more fun to your backyard. Perfect for kids and adults and if basketball isn’t your game you can opt for polo or volleyball instead. Of course this one will only work for those with a pool but worth mentioning nonetheless.
Decking is a great way to transform your garden space especially if you don’t want to constantly be maintaining a lawn. Timber decking provides a comfortable surface for sitting, lying or just chilling out, plus you can kit it out with a range of patio furniture. Combine decking with a pergola and you’ll have a great space all year round.
Fountains bring a touch of class to a backyard and can really make it a place of zen for relaxation. Small or medium sized fountains are easy to fit and don’t take much maintenance but they’ll definitely impress the neighbours all the same.
Outdoor lighting is absolutely perfect for those late summer nights when you have your friends round. Decorative outdoor lighting can be hung on your trees or fitted on your walls and give an air of magic to your backyard space.
We all dreamed of having a treehouse when we were younger so if you have kids then why not consider building a treehouse. This is probably the most work out of the ideas on our list and is of course only an option for those who have trees in their backyard but sometimes an old school classic is the way to go to spice up your backyard.
There are our picks but when it comes down to it it’s your space, and you’ll have a good idea of what you want. Ultimately you deserve to make the most of from your backyard and enjoy your free time as much as possible, so hopefully this list provides you with some inspiration and will get you started creating the backyard of your dreams.
I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.
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