If you are looking to give your backyard a makeover ahead of summer, then you’ve come to the right place. There are many reasons as to why you might want to change up the look of your garden before the long, summer nights arrive.
It might be looking particularly old and tired after a long, hard winter. Maybe you want to spend more time out there this year and so turning it into a more comfortable area to be in has become a necessity. Or you might just want the perfect hosting venue for the perfect summer BBQ.
Whatever you want to achieve with your backyard this summer, here are eight ideas to get you started.
Brighten up your borders
One of the most striking ways to freshen up your backyard is by brightening up your borders. This doesn’t have to be a costly expense – whilst some people will turn to a professional landscaper, it’s actually relatively cheap and easy to undertake the work yourself. You can use old clay bricks to create a bright and fresh border between planting area and grass or go around construction or demolition sites looking for slabs of broken up concrete that are being chucked away and use them to create your own stepping stone path. With a little bit of creativity, you can transform the way your backyard looks without it costing the Earth.
Reuse plastic water bottles as planters
America has a huge plastic waste problem. We’re using far more of this unbiodegradable material than we know what to do with and as a result, more and more dangerous plastic is ending up in landfill or poisoning our oceans. Every little helps when it comes to plastic recycling, so why not use your own soda bottles as planters? You can cover them in rope or paint them to brighten them up, fill them with flowers and then plant them at various points around the backyard. Not only will you be making your garden a more beautiful place, but you’ll be doing your bit to help save the planet as well.
Update your patio furniture
If you are looking to add a sense of style and comfort to your backyard for this summer, then updating your patio furniture is one way to do it. Whether you want a sofa for lounging around in the sun or a strong and robust dinner table and chairs set for dining outside through the warmer months, new brown jordan patio furniture can transform your garden overnight.
Build a fire pit
How much longer would you spend in the garden if it wasn’t for the temperature dropping when night time arrived? You can overcome that particular problem by building a fire pit. Simply dig a hole, surround it with bricks, and you’ll have the basics of your very own fire pit. It will be perfect for keeping you warm at night, illuminating your garden with flickering light once darkness falls and even for toasting marshmallows on.
Install a water feature
There isn’t a sound more natural or relaxing in a backyard than the babble of water. That makes a pond or water feature a beautiful addition to any garden. It’s an instantly recognizable upgrade, a feature that will draw the attention of every guest and best of all, it’s low maintenance and will give you joy for years.
A pond will attract wildlife both natural and from the possibility of you filling it with fish, open up a whole new set of water-based plants to you. Depending on your budget and what you are looking for, you could even build a pond yourself. There are plenty of tutorials online for how to do so at the most basic level, but if you are looking to install a filter or anything involving electronics then you should always consult an expert – after all, water and electricity can be a dangerous mix in the wrong hands.
Create a hammock
The human race has been using hammocks for years to relax while enjoying the great outdoors. Christopher Columbus, first discovered the hammock in the Bahamas in October 1492, describing them as nets which people were sleeping in between trees. When you read Columbus’ description of them, you realize how easy it is to build a hammock of your own. All you need is some sturdy fabric, a few pieces of rope and of course two strong trees and before long, you’ll be swinging away with a cool drink, reading a good book and with the sun beating down on your neck. Bliss.
Open your own outdoor movie theatre
The drive-in movie theater is one of the finest inventions that America has given the world. That makes their demise a sad fact, with only 1.5 percent of movie theaters in the entire country being drive-ins now. Watching a movie in the great outdoors doesn’t have to be an activity confined to history; however as it’s becoming more and more realistic to screen flicks in your own garden. The general reduction in the cost of home projector systems is making them a more attainable piece of equipment for the vast majority of the public. You can pick up a high definition projector with a surround sound system for as little as $500 these days, making the prospect of your own outdoor movie theater a very real one.
Make your own rope swing
The rope swing is one of the most romantic items you can have in the backyard, and it is sure to be the talk of your friends and family if you install one to freshen up your garden. They’re relatively cheap and easy to make as you just require just a rope, a piece of wood to act as the seat and a relatively strong tree from which to hang it. Whether you want your kids to experience the thrill of flying through the air or you want to relive your childhood by seeing how far you can jump off the thing, a rope swing is guaranteed to be a hit with everybody.