A staycation is a great time to give a little TLC to the backyard where you will undoubtedly be spending a large portion of your time this summer.
7 Ways to Spruce Up Your Backyard
- Container plants will give a lot of interest to the area, especially if there are large hard surfaces. Start with a matching pair of containers. You can plant flowers or have a mini vegetable patch. Shop the thrift stores and find other containers. They don’t all have to match. In fact some coordinating colors will tie the areas together with no problem.
- If the concrete patio or walkways are looking a little sad, get some concrete paint and freshen them up. Something a bit easier is to use a power washer. For a more polished look, purchase some teak interlocking tiles. Another choice would be a roll-out cedar pathway. No tools required. In fact, you can take them with you when you move. One more idea is to buy an indoor/outdoor rug. They are easy to clean and make the outdoors feel more homey.
- Create an area that uses little or no water. This is called xeriscaping. It requires little maintenance and can add interest to a little used area. Create a theme with succulents, stones and a bench and you are done.
- Storage is always a concern. There are easy, build-it-yourself bench that doubles as storage. It can be as simple as a plywood box that is dressed up with wood slats and fancy hardware. Add a shed to hold trash or recycle bins, lawn mowers, bikes or other items.
- Once you have a shed, decorate the outside. Paint a mural or try a vertical garden by hanging pots or planters. This idea works just as well on a fence.
- Fire pits are fun. In fact, you can make a mobile one. With a fireproof cube for the exterior, you insert a propane tank and then has a top like a typical gas grill. Because it moves, you can stash it out of the way until you are ready.
- Luminaries are always a nice addition to a walkway or to put around the porch for an evening sitting on the porch. Try something whimsical for a change.
If some of these things appeal to you, but you are not handy with tools or just don’t have enough time to complete, contact Project Landscape from Calgary today. They are not only able to construct your dream, but can make suggestions for other improvements.