How to Make the Most out of Your Backyard

Spending time outdoors is a quintessential pastime and probably brings to mind a picnic in a park or a weekend hike. Any outdoor fun is great as long as there are sunshine and your loved ones. But hiking is not suitable for everyone and the park may be overcrowded. If you are fortunate to have your own backyard, however, you don’t need anything else. Well, not much anyway, as you are about to find out! There are so many great ways to maximize your backyard’s potential so that it is great for whatever you love to do.

Check out these suggestions to turn your backyard from blah to breathtaking!

Tailor Your Space

Whether you are designing your dream backyard as your own personal meadow in which to grow wildflowers and vegetables, or as a haven to relax with a good book, make sure to create a space that is tailored towards your vision. If you and your family love grill parties, consider getting a good BBQ station and a big table to seat all your family and friends. Even a big investment like a pool is worth it if your family really loves pool parties. The most important thing is that you take advantage of every inch to create the perfect space whether that be for relaxing, entertaining, or getting your fingers green.

Add a Garden Shed

Keeping our gardens in great shape takes a huge number of tools, watering cans, hoses, hanging baskets, planters, and all kinds of other things. A garden shed is ideal for storing all this necessary equipment along with soccer balls, badminton nets, bicycles, roller skates, and all the other gear that you use in the garden. Whilst this is the traditional use for a shed, the experts at explained that with as long as you lay down a nice level concrete slab first, you can design and build any kind of shed you want. This might surprise you, but there are more things you can do with a garden shed than you think: 

  • A children’s playhouse: You can surprise your little ones by building a shed garden playhouse.  
  • A cute potting shed: Add in some comfortable chairs, a beautiful tea set, a biscuit barrel, some books, and some kids gardening tools. 
  • An outdoor bar shed: Set it up by the pool for your very own Tiki-style bar or put it next to the BBQ so there is always a cold beer at hand. You don’t want to be stuck in the house cooking and preparing while your family is outside entertaining.

Plants, Plants and More Plants

Every green-fingered gardener knows there is always more room for plants, and with a little bit of planning and planting, you can create the perfect green retreat. There are so many options when it comes to plants and the only real limitation is your imagination. You may decide to grow a garden of edible plants, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. This will take a bit of work but you will have fresh organic produce throughout the year by growing seasonally. A flower garden not only looks good but also smells great and you can use the flowers to decorate your home. Add interesting flower pots, old planters, and hanging baskets to change up the levels and make your garden more interesting.

Outdoor Furniture

Every garden needs a seating area, somewhere you and your guests can all sit, relax, and have a chat while enjoying a glass of wine in the evening. If you have a big backyard, invest in some big, comfortable furniture. Look out for hardwood options as these are more durable and weather-resistant. You may need to bring the furniture into your shed during the harshest months or at least buy some covers to protect it from the elements. 

Compost Heap

With environmental issues such a hot topic, a compost heap is an absolute must in every garden. Composting your organic waste not only reduces the amount of trash you throw away each week, composting creates incredibly rich fertilizer which will enable you to grow plants and flowers that will be the envy of all your neighbors. When creating your compost heap, make sure that you don’t throw away any meat, dairy, or other animal products, because these may attract rats or other unwanted pests.

Upgrading your backyard is a great way to create a space that can become every bit as used as your living room and kitchen. With summer just around the corner, there is no better time than now to make sure that your backyard is in tip-top shape. Not only will a really awesome backyard bring you a lot of pleasure, but it will also significantly increase the value of your home so that if and when you come to sell, but you will also get a sizable return on your investment. Follow these tips, and you will have the garden of your dreams in no time!