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Ways to Make the Most of Your Backyard

Set your sights on summer sunshine and prepare for a wonderful season spent outdoors with this guide to three ways to make the most of your backyard.

With spring fully sprung and summer right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll make the most of the warmer weather. You may not be able to embark on a hiking expedition or escape to a tropical getaway at the present, but you can still make the most of the spring and summer sun from the comfort of your own backyard. Your backyard can serve as your very own outdoor oasis when the current climate makes traveling beyond your own property lines impossible. If your backyard has become a bit overgrown in recent years, never fear. These three ways to make the most of your backyard will help you create a beautiful and inviting outdoor space in no time.

Plant a garden

Working in garden
Detail of gardening with fane rake

You can fix even the most boring backyards with a bit of well-placed foliage. Planting a garden in your backyard is a great way to bring a touch of beauty and a pop of color to your outdoor space. The garden will add a lovely visual element to your backyard, but you can put it to practical use as well. Plant fruits and vegetables in your home garden to ensure you always have fresh produce on your dinner table, or do your part to help the environment and plant a pollinator-friendly garden instead.

Remember that planting and maintaining a garden will require a significant amount of work and patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your garden won’t be, either. Tend to your garden on a regular basis to ensure that it doesn’t become overgrown and that it remains fertile all season long.

Create an outdoor dining space

Six young friends dining at a table outdoors
Six young friends dining at a table outdoors

One of the best ways to make the most of your backyard is to create additional living space in the form of a patio or deck. This is particularly beneficial to homeowners who enjoy entertaining guests and hosting extravagant summer barbecues. When creating your outdoor dining space, be sure to consider the amount of seating and the appliances you’ll need for any given event. If your family enjoys cooking and dining outdoors on a regular basis, consider investing in a high-quality grill. However, if you prefer to host more elaborate backyard gatherings, installing a firepit or outdoor bar to entertain your guests may be in your best interest. Whatever the main purpose of your outdoor dining space, be sure to design a patio that fits your exact needs and offers enough seating and lighting for all your guests.

Incorporate elements for relaxation

Cozy sofa set in the garden
Cozy wicker sofa set and hanging chair in the garden

If large group gatherings aren’t quite your speed, consider transforming your backyard into a haven of self-care and relaxation instead. This relaxation can take many different forms and can be as simple or involved as you’d like. Hammocks, hot tubs, and pools are all popular options for homeowners seeking a private outdoor getaway. You can also set aside a specific part of your backyard in which to practice yoga or meditation. When you’re seeking to transform your backyard into a sunny sanctuary, be sure to consider privacy and proximity to your neighbors. Consider installing a privacy fence to instill a bit more peace to your relaxation practices.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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