Do you want to make the most of your yard this summer? If so, you’ll need to be prepared to roll up your sleeves to develop a great outdoor space. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Look after your lawn
If you’re lucky enough to have a large back yard, you probably have a lawn to look after. So, whether it’s a tiny strip of grass or an area that’s big enough for kids to play ball on all day, it needs looking after if you want to make the most of your outdoor space. Invest in a good mower to keep the grass trim, and consider getting yourself a tool for administering lawn feed to keep it looking luscious and green too. And, if you live in a particularly sunny state, make sure it’s getting enough water – no-one likes a dry, dead lawn!
Make an outdoor cooking & dining area
You’ll get lots more use out of your lawn if you make something that functions like an outdoor kitchen. So, rather than putting up with a rusty old portable BBQ, why not treat yourself to an upgrade? A solid BBQ island (like one of these) will not only look beautiful, but it will mean also mean you have a top of the range appliance to grill your dishes to perfection. Arrange a table and chair set close by (after all, it’s nice for the chef to be able to chat to friends and family while cooking, isn’t it?) and look forward to spending lots of time in your back yard this summer.
Set up a ‘relaxation station’
Next up, section off a portion of your yard that’s dedicated for relaxation. This could be somewhere you like to read, sunbathe or just hang out with your loved ones, so the key is to make it cozy. Add soft furnishings such as cushions and seat pads so that it’s comfortable, and think about where you position it – do you want a sunny corner or something that’s in the shade?
If your back yard is lacking color, planting beautiful blooms is a great way to brighten it up. Start off by planting easy-to-care-for flowers if you’re not sure what you’re doing, or head to your local nursery if you want to take on a bigger challenge. Whatever the case, don’t overlook the power of growing vertically – climbers add depth and interest to your garden, and you can grow flowers in plant pots hung from walls and fences to make sure you’re cramming lots of color in without swallowing up lawn space.
Don’t forget about your lighting when you’re improving your backyard. Good lighting means you’ll be able to sit in your outdoor space long after the sun has set – perfect if you’re having guests over or simply want to sit outdoors rather than indoors if the weather is warm. So, plan out where you need new lights and call in the professionals to come and install them for you. Task and ambient lighting around your seating area is essential, and you might want to light your walkways too (for safety an aesthetic reasons).
Consider treating yourself to those fun ‘extras’
Finally, why not consider buying something fun for the garden? You know – the kind of purchase that isn’t strictly necessary, but certainly makes the most of the space you have… You could buy a hot tub, a Jacuzzi or a pizza oven for example – whatever it is you think you’ll use the most. That way, you’ll certainly be making the most of your yard this summer.