There are so many pros of having a big backyard. It gives you a place to hang out with your friends, allows your kids to have a safe place to play, provides you room to have animals, and can increase the value of your house.

However, many homeowners find themselves staring at a lawn of green grass with no clue on how to improve their space. If you have a great yard but don’t know what to do with it, you’re not alone.

It’s time to spruce up those boring yards of grass and turn your backyard into a more useful and enjoyable space for you and your family! Create your perfect backyard with one of these ideas.

Build a deck

Decks are an awesome addition if you have the room. They add value to your home and provide you with a space to relax and hang out. If you enjoy hosting family and friends, a deck provides you with the opportunity to get outside for barbeques and picnics.

Not only that, but a deck gives you a defined space to decorate. Whether you want to add a grill, potted plants, outdoor swing, or other miscellaneous pieces of outdoor furniture, you’ll have the space to do so right outside your door.

Plant a vegetable garden

Grow your own fresh, nutritious veggies right in your backyard. Planting and maintaining a garden takes time, but the outcome is certainly worth it. Growing your own vegetables saves you money, allows you to spend time outside, and provides you with great exercise. It’s possible to burn up to 400 calories simply by tending to your garden!

Plus, planting a vegetable garden is a great activity to do with your children. It gets them outdoors and provides valuable educational experiences, such as learning about the life cycle of a plant. Studies also show that kids who grow their own food are more likely to eat their veggies.

If you live in an area with lots of wildlife, you might find yourself considering setting up a fence. A fence around your garden or backyard is a great way to prevent animals from nibbling on your veggies.

Create a play area

If you have kids, turn your backyard into their playground! Giving them a fun place to play outdoors will aid their physical and mental development. Plus, you won’t have to take them to the community playground every time they need to run off energy.

There are a number of playground kits available. Some kits come with just a few simple swings, while more complex kits might include tunnels and rock climbing walls. If you’re especially crafty, building your own playground is also an option.

Depending on the age of your children, you can also build a treehouse for them or purchase a trampoline. Treehouses provide fun hangout spaces and trampolines allow kids to bounce their energy out.

Buy outdoor furniture

If you already have a deck or patio space, adding outdoor furniture can help make the space more functional. There are a variety of furniture types and styles to choose from, so you can personalize your space however you would like.

If you’re looking to turn your deck into your own private sanctuary where you can relax after work, you might want to consider adding a hammock or an outdoor porch swing. The swaying features of these types of furniture can help lower your blood pressure and can also reduce stress.

If you’re looking for more of a hangout area, invest in an outdoor dining set. You can invite people over for an outdoor meal and then spend the evening chatting while enjoying the sounds of nature. Jazz your hangout area up even more with a grill, outdoor lights, and some fun outdoor games such as cornhole.

Add a water feature

A fountain or pond can help the aesthetic appeal of your backyard. These water features can range from simple accent pieces to large focal points. Some individuals further decorate their outdoor water features by adding koi fish and plants.

Ponds are a common addition because they come in a range of styles and sizes. They’re also a great addition for people that want to attract wildlife to their yard.

Water fountains can either flow into ponds or can be accent pieces. They drown out annoying sounds and create trickling sounds. Trickling sounds are calming and soothing. If you’re looking for outdoor decor that will also help you relax, a water fountain is a great investment.

 

Published by Lavismichel Inkel