Do you dream of spending relaxing time in your backyard? Yet, when you actually go into your backyard, you are left feeling overwhelmed and unsatisfied with the condition of it? Approximately 83% of Americans think having a yard is important and 90% of those with a yard think it is important that it is also well maintained. Yet, the majority of Americans do not know how to create a welcoming backyard space. Take these beginner landscaping tips and turn them into a backyard space that you can enjoy.
Keep the lawn maintained
Keeping your lawn maintained is one of the first steps to a welcoming backyard. If the grass is long, you can attract bugs and other rodents. A freshly cut grass also adds a level of curb appeal to your house. If you do not have the time or equipment that is required for regular lawn maintenance, it can be helpful to hire a regular landscaper. Even if you choose to complete other yard tasks yourself, like hardscapes, gardening, and grass seeding and sodding, having someone else maintain the basic skill of your lawn will give you more time for those other tasks.
Plant colorful flowers
Colorful flowers create an environment of relaxation. Even if gardening is not your favorite hobby, you can find flowers that require little maintenance. Your backyard garden and hardscapes choices will be an important part of your overall backyard remodel. You will also find that putting a little effort into your yard?s garden will encourage you to spend more time in it. Over half of homeowners who are upgrading their outdoor spaces spend six or more hours there per week (51%). Relaxing, gardening, and entertaining are the top three uses of the space. Choose native and perennial flowers for the least amount of garden upkeep.
Install a fence
A lack of privacy is another common deter to spending time outdoors. If you lack the backyard privacy that you desire, consider installing a fence. The fence does not have to go around the entire yard and it does not have to be extremely high. Even a small amount of fencing can achieve an added level of privacy. With this additional privacy, you can spend more time alone or entertaining in the comfort of your own home.
Focus on a relaxing space
Remodeling an entire backyard may seem like an overwhelming project. However, if you begin your backyard remodel on one, relaxing space, you will have a spot to relax while you work on the other areas. Focus on one relaxing spot by planting a couple of flowers, hanging a hammock, and putting in hardscapes nearby. This improved area of your yard will encourage you to put in the same work on the rest of the yard. You can even string some twinkle lights for an added relaxation affect. After a long day of yard work, grab your favorite book, head out to your relaxing spot, and enjoy your efforts.
Purchase outdoor furniture
Outdoor furniture can really add to the overall look of your backyard. When you have a place to sit back, you are more tempted to spend time outdoors. The outdoor furniture is also the perfect place for entertaining, BBQing meals outdoors, and relaxing in between yard projects. Purchasing outdoor furniture does not have to be expensive either. Pick up a set from a local garage sale, apply a couple of paints of coat, and you will have brand new looking outdoor furniture.
A new survey by Harris Poll for the National Association of Landscape Professionals conducted among 2,034 U.S. adults (ages 18 plus), finds that three quarters of Americans (75%) feel that it is important to spend time outside in their yards. However, many Americans do not feel comfortable in their own backyards, either due to lack of upkeep or minimal privacy. This summer, increase the feel and comfort of your backyard space with simple DIY tips. These minor projects can be completed in just a single weekend and include basic lawn maintenance, gardening, creating a single relaxing space, installing fencing and hardscapes, and renovating used outdoor furniture.