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02 Jul 2018
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5 Backyard Ideas to Improve Your Outdoor Space

Who doesn’t love spending some quality time with family in the beautiful greenery of a backyard? Having the chance to admire a beautiful garden through a window or a sliding glass door is an option that not many people have. If you’re among those fortunate few, don’t waste your opportunity for a beautiful view by – leaving your patio unkempt or abandoned, full of all kinds of grasses growing wild over rotting furniture and rusty pipes. A nicely furnished backyard is a wonderful place to spend some time with your children… if it doesn’t look like a junkyard, at least.

Even if you worked hard to buy a house large enough to fit a nice patio or a beautiful, lush garden, finding the right time to take care of it properly can be difficult if you have a busy schedule. Don’t hire a gardener though: there’s a lot you can do to make your garden look better on your own, and we can assure you that doing it is a self-rewarding experience on its own.

Buying new backyard furniture can often be a bit expensive as well, if you want quality. Companies that sell patio furniture sometimes ask fairly steep prices, even for the most basic wooden bench or garden edging, as it is often regarded as some form of “luxury”. However building your own furniture is much simpler than you can imagine, and DIY (do-it-yourself) is also a great way to involve your loved ones in a family activity everybody is going to enjoy. In this guide, we will provide you with a few simple tips on how to build some simple ideas that you can accomplish in a weekend.

1. Build a Comfortable Outdoor Kitchen

A great backyard isn’t something many people have, but it is definitely something many people would love to have. For this reason, if you enjoy the luck of having a nice garden, you can be sure that a lot of friends would love to spend some time in it if given the opportunity. And nothing speaks more of fun and friendship like a nice backyard barbecue!

Enjoying a beer with friends, and sitting on a plastic chair while you smell the smoke of freshly roasted meat is a great way to spend a weekend, an outdoor kitchen is a much better way to enjoy your backyard. The good thing about this idea, is that you can always ask your friends to help you out with building the necessary furniture. It’s in their best interest, after all: they’re going to enjoy your backyard for an indefinite amount of time.

Buy some river rocks and use them to decorate a concrete or marble countertop you will use for food prep. Add a fancy grill and a closed storage, and you’ve  got everything you need to get your outdoor cooking station going. If you got more time (and money) at your disposal, you can also add a refrigerator and sink, and a separate side burner.

2. Create Cozy Shady Spots

Imagine how much charm can be added to your deck and patios with just a few umbrellas, pergolas and retractable awnings. Adding some shade here and there will allow your exhausted guests to take a break when they’re done with helping you build your outdoor kitchen. And it’s also a great way to spend your lazy afternoons enjoying a soft drink or cocktail. Just look out for the most colorful ones, and match their colors to your backyard furniture to make it look even more stylish.

3. Build a simple wooden gazebo

A simple DIY gazebo is a great way to add a “luxurious villa” feeling to your backyard. If it’s large enough it can provide a rightful new room (albeit a small one) in your garden where you can sit down, change your clothes before diving into your pool or just relax yourself while enjoying your own garden view. Many prefabricated gazebos can be bought for cheap on eBay or Amazon, and with the right tools it’s fairly simple to assemble and install them, even if you’re alone.

4. Carefully place outdoor lighting

How much cozier your patio could became by just adding a few lighting sconces to it? A couple of properly placed porch lights to illuminate your house’s entrance can create the perfect intimate atmosphere. Choosing the right wall-mounted downlights and low-voltage lights can make your garden look much more hospitable, especially in the evening. You can also drape overhead spaces with string lights to add some fun to your nicer garden spots.

5. Build Your Own Trellis

Building your own trellis is incredibly easy and cheap: all you need is lumber, a hammer, and some nails. Decorate it with a nice collection of miniature plants, bonsais, or flowerpots to add a playful charm to your backyard.

These are just a few ideas to make your backyard look nicer and feel cozier. But feel free to use your own imagination and creativity to invent new unique solutions.


Contributed by: Brent Szotak foremost expert in backyard design and landscaping

16 May 2018
Backyard fun

4 Ways to Improve Your Backyard’s Fun Quotient and Beauty for the Summer

It can get a bit too hot on certain days, but if you live in North America, chances are that you generally look forward to the summer months more than the cold winters. Barbecues and pool parties are already starting in some sections of the continent, and in about a month’s time, they will be in full swing. On that note, here are five ways in which you can improve your backyard both visually and functionally for an upcoming, fun-filled summer.

Put in a HotTub

There’s just something about relaxing in a hot tub outdoors during the summer that’s extremely liberating, and if you have not experienced it yet, it is highly recommended that you do. With the help of Simpletoilet.Com, you will be able to find a hot tub that perfectly fits your needs and sets in beautifully with the overall décor of your garden and yard. To make it all the more special and give yourselves a bit of natural privacy, place the tub in a way that the branches of your trees form a natural shade over the top of the tub.


Build a Treehouse

If you have children in the house, build them a treehouse and they will love it. It’s a private place for them far from the watchful eyes of the adults that almost all kids will cherish. The climbing will also help them build strength and coordination, while the added coolness of having your own treehouse might just help them up their social game. As an added bonus, treehouses can also increase the aesthetic value of your outdoor landscape when done right.

Add a Birdbath in the Garden

Adding a birdbath is quite a simple step but this little thing brings in multiple advantages with it. Not only does a well-placed and beautiful birdbath improve your garden’s aesthetics, but it has some serious benefits as well. Their droppings enrich the earth and the birds themselves aerate your garden soil while eating a large number of the harmful pests that can ruin your hard work in a matter of days. Besides, seeing beautiful birds coming and bathing in the birdbath amongst flowers while chirping away is probably the most ideal garden scene ever imagined.

Grow Flowers that Bloom in the Summer

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Depending on the exact location we are talking about, the species of plants will differ because not all flowers can take the extreme heat in Florida or the harsher conditions in Texas. Nevertheless, pentas, plumbago, moonflower, hibiscus, blanket flower, verbena and king’s mantle are all good choices as they can usually take the heat and fare particularly well during summer months, as long as other conditions are met as well.

The idea is to improve your yard’s look and feel, without compromising one or the other, and these four ideas fulfill those requirements perfectly. Feel free to add some of your own and make the list longer, but just make sure that your garden doesn’t look over cluttered.


Contributed by: Oci Landscaping and Irrigation, experts in backyard design and function.