Landscaping is more than just a fun hobby. It can also be a legitimate way to refine your curb appeal and increase your property value! If you're ready to get down in the dirt and make something happen, here are just 13 ways to beautify your backyard.
1. Make a Good First Impression
Make people say "wow" when they first walk into your backyard. The easiest way to achieve this is with something like a shaded arbour that has vines entwining around its posts. You might also consider decks, walkways, orchards, and tree tunnels – the key is to think big. You only get one chance at a grand entrance, so make it a bold one.
2. Green Your Thumb
If you're a total newbie, you can start with a simple plot and easy-growing flowers. If you're an old hand at peonies and chrysanthemums, you can create elegant, expansive gardens that overflow with colour and vitality. You can even learn how to grow your own vegetables if you love crunching into juicy red tomatoes!
3. Add Stepping Stones
Stepping stones (also known as "pavers") serve a purpose that's both fashionable and functional. They can lead your guests around the yard and back to the house doors; they can also make fun patterns and mosaics as a decorative element. They come in all shapes, sizes, colours, and materials, so don't be afraid to experiment.
4. Make a Place for Parties
Whether it's a charming little gazebo or a robust wooden deck, your friends will need somewhere to sit, stand, and socialize during your next backyard gathering. It's up to you to decide whether a porch is better than a pavilion or if a terrace will be more cost-efficient than a covered patio.
5. Give Yourself Some Privacy
Curtains can be added to porches to protect its occupants from curious eyes. You might also consider panel screens and room partitions; they can be arranged and rearranged at will, and as a bonus, they come in a multitude of styles to suit different aesthetics. For example, a smoky glass screen will look great with an oriental garden.
6. Take Out The Trellis
A trellis is an open frame of wood, wire or metal where flowers and vines are encouraged to grow. It's usually arranged in a lattice pattern and propped up against an exterior wall, but it can also be added to sheds, fences, patios, gazebos and other backyard staples. It's an easy way to showcase the greenery going on in your backyard.
7. Raise or Lower the Land
You can create elevated, off-the-ground porches by using sand or cement to build a raised terrace. On the flip side, you can excavate the ground and create a circular, "sunken" patio that's like a cozy little hideaway surrounded by brickwork. Whichever idea you like best, just know that your backyard doesn't have to be level. You can play around with its slopes and hills.
8. Hide Your Imperfections
Maybe you hate the harsh lines of your deck's supporting beams. Maybe your fence looks a little discoloured at the bottom. By planting flowers, cultivating bushes, raising a trellis, or just drawing attention away from one thing by emphasizing another, you can hide your less-than-ideal spots with clever decorating tactics. This is especially useful if you don't feel like renovating. Just work around the problem areas!
9. Experiment With Water Features
Create a mini-pond surrounded by stones and wildflowers. Build a stream that gently trickles through your zen garden. Buy a fountain or great marble statue where birds can shake themselves off in cool water on hot afternoons. There are many different ways to incorporate water into your backyard décor, so the specifics are up to you.
10. Create Your Own Grove
A grove of trees is one of the prettiest and most peaceful things that can be added to your backyard. Not only will you enjoy a full canopy of shade in the summer, but you'll also be able to hang hammocks, spread out picnic baskets under the trees and string up fairy lights between the branches during nighttime parties.
11. Apply Pressure
Pressure washing will make old possessions look like new again. It can be applied to everything from wooden decks to plastic patio chairs, and it'll strip away years of grime like it never even existed. Pressure washing is especially useful if you're moving old furniture into a brand-new backyard; you don't want the former to look dirty and ratty around the latter.
12. Turn Weaknesses Into Strengths
Is the battered old shed a terrible eyesore? Turn it into a vintage decoration where its rust only adds to its charm. Is the ground eroding in a certain spot from poorly-positioned rain gutters? Instead of despairing at the drainage, let the rain flow into a pond where you have koi fish swimming.
13. Give Yourself a Focal Point
The best backyards always have some kind of focal point. It doesn't matter if it's an existing feature like an in-ground pool, or a new addition, like a portable fire pit. As long as you plan your décor around it, it'll serve just fine as the centrepiece of your landscape.
These are just a few ways to transform your backyard into something out of a magazine. All it takes is a little creativity and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and try something new.
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