Tips and DIY Ideas for a Backyard Makeover

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Let’s face it, your backyard space really begins to degrade over time and at some point, you just need to make a change. Winter, especially, can do a real number on your backyard, and you may just want an upgrade so you can get the most out of your outdoor space. 

Here are some key tips that should help you with your backyard makeover! 

When Should I Makeover My Backyard? 

As the saying goes, there are two seasons: winter and construction. The best time to renovate your backyard will always be sometime between the end of spring and the beginning of fall. That being said, this will depend on the kind of work you are doing and the materials you are using for your makeover. For example, if you want to do some work with concrete, you will need to make sure it is warmer than 10 degrees Celsius. 

On the other hand, bricks and pavers can be laid down year-round and require less seasonal planning. 

Although summer is the optimal time to get your makeover going, you may want to get it done earlier in the year so you can enjoy your new backyard all summer long. 

Determine Your Backyard Needs and Wants

First, get an idea of what you want to do with your backyard. Do you want to hold outdoor parties or barbeques with large groups of friends? Maybe you just want a quiet secluded place to relax at the end of the day. 

If the former fits your schedule a little more, then you will want something like a deck or ground-level patio for a more solid space. A ground-level patio is a budget option and can be made from bricks, pavers, flagstones, etc. 

How Should You Plan Your Backyard Makeover? 

After you have decided how you plan to do it, you should define all the spaces in your backyard and organize them accordingly. You could divide it between a cooking area, lounge, play area, etc. This is a relatively cheap way to properly reorganize your space. 

Here are some tips and tricks for you to consider when you are remodeling your backyard this year.    

Build or Remodel Your Patio or Deck

At the end of the day, nothing beats having a nice deck or patio in your yard. It is great for social gatherings in the summer and even increases the value of your home. If you are laying down a concrete patio or installing a new deck, it may cost around $6,400 to build it from scratch and $1,300 to repair. However, the return on investment is usually estimated to be over 100%! 

Add an Outdoor Dining Table

While you are at it, a deck can also be made better by adding some nice tables and chairs for outdoor eating. This summer during COVID, we have all gotten used to patio dining so why not do the same in your yard. It will be great for social gatherings, family events, or even working from home. You can buy a patio set from other locations or do it yourself using some wine barrels and wooden boards. 

Lay Down Some Mulch on Your Backyard Grass

If you have dealt with summer weather, you have likely dealt with uneven grass and weeds growing all over the place. Laying down some mulch can solve this problem and can act almost like a carpet for your grass. It makes your yard look neat and clean and gives you fewer weeds to pull out every Sunday.  

Patience is Key

If you haven’t tackled landscape design before you may get overwhelmed by all the ideas and choices out there. You can use similar principles that guide how you set up living spaces inside your home when you design your outside oasis.