It doesn’t matter how big or small is your backyard, but what you do with that space you have. A lot of DIY options are not expensive and quite satisfying, pairing up creativity and being active. Look at it this way, an outdoor space is the continuation of your home, giving you extra room to enjoy. If you wonder how to make your backyard attractive, here are easy and practical ideas to do it.
Grow a vertical garden
Greenery in your backyard can do lots of things, from providing shade to looking beautiful. But if you are a beginner or don’t want too much work around the plants, growing a vertical garden is ideal for you. This is also the best way to grow a garden if you are limited by space. You can hire a carpenter to make you a planter or fix pots to the wooden boards that you will hang on the façade or leave against the house. Another option is to fix plastic containers to the wall or fence with screws or place them on floating shelves.
Opt for xeriscaping for minimum maintenance
The biggest shame would be to have a gorgeously landscaped backyard and then neglect it. If you are not born with a green thumb or want something simple, try xeriscaping. Since this type of landscaping is used in areas that need to conserve water due to drought, you will have little to do around it. But this doesn’t mean you can’t have plants. Succulents are low maintenance, don’t require constant irrigation, and offer a minimalistic appeal to space. Place large stones to create layers and smaller ones to mimic the paths so that everything looks as natural as possible.
Invest in outdoor lighting
Investing in outdoor lighting doesn’t have to be expensive, even though it may seem so. Instead of electrical wiring, you have an option to install solar yard lights. They come in various shapes, sizes, and designs, so you will find fitting ones for every part of your backyard. For example, you can stick solar lamps along the pathway to light the way at night. Hanging drape string lights on the façade, across the seating area, or from the pergola will turn your outdoor space into a fairyland.
Paint a mural on your fence
If you have a wooden fence that needs some refreshing, opt for something interesting, like painting a mural. You may have to prep the wood first with a primer and sketch the image you intend to paint, so you can easily orient it on the “canvas”. Sketching will also give you a sense of size and how to fit your mural perfectly on the desired piece of fence. Moreover, if you are not that artistic, this will guide you through the process, and make it fun, and stress-free.
Add an outdoor seating area
Think of the outdoor seating area as your second living room where you can relax, dine, or entertain guests. The key is not to design a fancy spot but to make it cozy, inviting, and comfortable. A budget-friendly décor can include wooden pallets turned into sofas with large outdoor pillows. A rocking chair or two, with matching cushions and an outdoor carpet underneath the board on a barrel set, serving as a rustic coffee table. You can illuminate the space with solar lanterns and decorate it with leafy plants in terracotta pots, to give it more privacy.
Build a fire pit
Having a fire pit in your backyard provides a slew of perspectives for entertaining and enjoying chillier evenings. It will take some manual labor, but you can do this as a DIY project before the summer. The best-looking ones are made from stone and while it may cost a little extra, it will be well worth the trouble. You will have to do some digging and masonry work, but it’s nothing complex requiring expert levels. Once you are done, place tree stumps, chairs, or benches around the pit so you can sit down with your favorite people and roast s’mores.
Making a backyard attractive is not that hard nor does it require expert craftsmanship. You may need to watch or read some tutorials, but other than that it can be fun and creatively satisfying. So, don’t worry that you have never done this before, and get excited about giving your outdoor space a makeover.