9 Tips for an Ultimate Backyard Makeover

Would you love to have company over in the warmer months? Do you wish you had an attractive space for entertaining? Are you looking to spruce up your backyard?  A backyard makeover isn’t as expensive as you might think it is. In fact, a few budget-friendly ideas could make your property beautiful and inviting in no time.

A well-designed landscape can motivate you to go outside and get some exercise. It also helps to protect your investment in your home.

Here are our favorite backyard ideas.

  1. Create Special Spaces 

The coziest backyards have clearly designated areas. Some inexpensive furniture and a few shrubs are a great way to make your outdoor space look well-planned.

You may want to have a clearly defined cooking area, sitting spot, or play space. You can check online buy and sell groups for great deals on gently used furniture or outdoor swings in your area.

Gold, eggplant, and tangerine are all currently popular outdoor entertaining colors. Do a little research online to find the best combination to compliment your landscape.

  1. Remove Some Trees

Getting rid of tree stumps, cutting away old trees and branches will immediately give your backyard a little facelift. It can also give your overall landscape a more symmetrical shape.

Tree removal also has practical benefits that can improve your overall lifestyle. It can prevent damage to your home and power lines during a storm and free your home from pests and insects.

Check out this page to learn more about the cost of tree removal.

  1. A Windy Path   

If you have space, consider using some crushed rock to create a meandering path through an uncultivated yard. It’s an easy way to produce a backyard makeover in a woodsy area. You can start by driving in stakes around the shape of the path you’d like to create. You can then wrap a bender board around them.

Next, it’s time to lay down the crushed rock, which you can find in different colors at your local home improvement stores. Try using a plate compactor to flatten it.

  1. Invest In an Outdoor Structure

A gazebo, trellis, or pergola can get attached to a pool or deck. It can also define an outdoor space to get purposed for cooking and dining.

Outdoor structures are great for creating focal points. They can also clearly define areas based upon their function.

  1. Add Some Lighting

Nothing says entertaining outdoors like the right lighting.  Deck lighting is designed to fit on top of deck posts and light your yard up in a discreet way. Step lights can also be hidden, and they will keep your guests safer if they’re visiting after sundown.

Outdoor wall lights come in many shapes and styles. You can also invest in party string lights, which you can break out for temporary use when you’ve got guests coming over.

Some backyard warriors may also enjoy barbeque grill lights, which grant light to your cooking adventures. You can break out battery-operated options when it’s time to showcase your skills.

  1. Invest In a Firepit

Firepits cost an average of $700. Yet the investment could be well worth it.  Firepits light up your backyard at home and create a cozy atmosphere. They anchor a great central meeting space and can be used all year round.  You can also cook on a firepit, and not just smores. Think about searing your steak, hot dogs, or burgers around your outdoor flame. You can also roast veggies or seafood in a pan on the open fire.

  1. Get a Fountain

A fountain is an inexpensive way to add water to your outdoor space without taking up too much room. You’ll instantly make your space look more rustic and sophisticated at the same time.

Fountains create a calming sound that can block out other noises if you live in the city. They can help you relax and create a natural humidifier in your yard or garden.

  1. Paint Existing Furniture

If you can’t afford brand new outdoor chairs and tables, consider painting what you’ve already got to make it look fresh and new. If your furniture is metal, start with a spray primer. You may need a couple of coats. You can follow this with spray paint applied in thin, even layers.

If your furniture is made of wood, you may need to start by using a metal paint scraper to get all the old paint off. You can then use a power sander to smooth everything out. Be sure to wear a mask and take proper safety precautions. Once you’ve got your wood smoothed out, you can apply a primer to the clean surface. An oil-based primer will work well with either wood or latex paint.

Once the primer is dry, you can begin painting using satin or semigloss paint. Matte finishes will show the dirt and won’t clean well.

  1. Refresh Containers with Spray Paint

It helps to add some plants to your walkway or garden space. If you aren’t much of a gardener, invest in some fake plants for your walkway and most people won’t know the difference. Plant and shrub containers can get old-looking with time and weather. Spray-painting is a beautiful, inexpensive way to immediately dress up your space. And you can make mismatched containers look uniform instantly!

Beginning Your Backyard Makeover

Before you entertain outdoors, you’ll want to have the freshest, most inviting space possible. A backyard makeover doesn’t have to cost thousands. With a little ingenuity, your space can be transformed into a barbeque party haven in no time.

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