Americans love their backyards.
What else would explain the $29 billion they spent on lawn care in 2015?! That works out at over $90 per person.
Clearly, people want the best for their backyard in this country. However, a good garden goes far beyond an immaculate lawn.
Indeed, many people believe their yard is a reflection of their personality. The state and style of your backyard tell a tale to anyone who drops by. Your garden provides a perfect opportunity to let people know who you are!
Consequently, you may already put masses of time, effort and money into your yard. But how can you take it to the next level?
Keep reading to discover 7 outdoor projects that’ll do just that.
7 Awesome Outdoor Projects
Your backyard deserves better! Use the following ideas to make your garden great.
1. Make Pallet Flower Beds
You can’t have a great garden without flowers.
There’s nothing quite like the color and scent that surrounds them on a warm summer’s day.
We’re assuming you already have an array of flower beds showing off your favorites. However, why not mix things up with a do it yourself planter box? They make awesome garden features. Flowers burst forth in all their glory, and cascade down from lovely wooden boxes.
They’re easy to make too. Get your hands on a pallet and strip the wood away. Then simply nail the wood together into the box shape you desire. There are no rules.
You’re free to fit the shape and style around what you need. Lacking space? Why not build a vertical style box, stood upon four legs, to display your flowers from a height?
2. Create DIY seating
All gardens are incomplete without a place to sit and enjoy them.
That’s why DIY seating is such a great outdoor project to get your teeth stuck into.
Again, there are no real limits here. You can design and create seating that fits your individual tastes and current backyard aesthetic. Have some old cinder blocks and strips of wood lying around? You could simply stand the cinder up and fit the wood through the holes. Before you know it you’ve made your own bench!
Then simply smarten it up a bit. All it takes is a bit of paint for the cinder block, and some stain and weatherproofing for the wood.
3. Incorporate Tree and Plant Lighting
Garden spaces aren’t just for daytime enjoyment.
Why not bring your yard to life at night with some additional mood lighting? Sure, you could just buy some outdoor lamps to put up around pathways and decking areas. But there’s a better way to get creative.
Fairy lights always go over well. They are versatile additions to any outdoor area. Your trees and plants are oft-overlooked features to light up. Try wrapping the tree trunks and plants in your garden with them. Similarly, look up! Do you have anywhere to suspend them above you?
As the sun goes down, the soft glow of these lights (wherever you place them) will create a warming ambiance to bring in the end of the day.
4. Build a DIY Deck
You can’t beat a good decking area in your garden.
Your seating, BBQs, lighting and flower pots can all sit upon them. They become a focal point of all garden gatherings you have. The contrast of the wooden deck and grassy garden is aesthetically pleasing too.
Why not build one yourself for your next project?!
Decks require a little more experience and expertise to build. Try speaking to a pro before getting started. You may need help digging supports, fitting the wood, and ensuring that everything is safely put together.
Having said that, there’s nothing stopping you giving it a go. Do a bit of research, acquire the right tools and materials, you can almost certainly pull off a beautiful DIY deck.
5. Dig a Fire Pit
Fire pits are to a garden what a TV is to a living room: everyone automatically positions themselves around it!
Why not dig your own?
There are different ways to go about this. Sure, you could literally dig a hole in the middle of your yard. But a giant dirt hole is no good to anyone, especially if you plan to sell your home one day.
Go to a bit more effort instead. Start with the hole and clear the grass around the outside (to stop the fire spreading). Next, acquire some fire bricks to line the inside walls, and some gravel to fill the bottom. Finally, use paving stones for finishing touches around the top.
And voila! Your very own DIY fire pit.
6. Build a Walkway
Tired of walking over your carefully manicured grass all the time?
It’s time to build a walkway. Plan the route by considering where you walk most often. Likewise, think about how you might want someone to walk around it. People will feel inclined to stick to any path you create!
The material you use is totally up to you. The easiest solution would be to break up some wooden pallets, treat the planks, and simply lay them down. However, stone pathways would provide a more permanent solution.
7. Get a Pool
Who doesn’t want their own swimming pool?
There can be nothing better than taking a dip in your own backyard on those hot summer days.
You can build your own pool but it isn’t easy, and there’s lots of room for error. It’s probably best to leave this outdoor project to the professionals.
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Time to Get Started
There you have it: 7 outdoor projects to create a beautiful backyard.
Americans love to spend money on their garden. After all, there’s a level of reflection that it has on your personality. People can learn something about you from a walk around your yard!
However, with flower beds and lawns sorted, it can be hard to think of how to improve things further. Thankfully, there are lots of creative ideas out there. Hopefully, the info above has helped provide a few for you!
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