The warmer months are just around the corner and getting closer is the prospect of balmy nights spent outdoors with family and friends, entertaining, relaxing, and soaking in that warmer weather.
Getting your backyard ready for the upcoming summer holidays makes spring the ultimate time to refresh your outdoor space.
Here are 4 simple ways to transform your backyard this spring in time for the summer season…
1. Enjoy more time relaxing outdoors with a low maintenance garden
To enjoy your backyard without having to spend hours working to keep it looking lush, opt for a low maintenance garden.
Having a low maintenance garden doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice colour. Add some bright hues to your backyard with the addition of native plants such as kangaroo paws, or proteas. Succulents, cacti and living mulch are also great options for those that may not have a green thumb but still want their garden to look vibrant.
If you have a smaller backyard space, potted plants, vertical gardens and planter boxes are great space-saving options. They are also fantastic low maintenance garden solutions, as they reduce the need for constant pruning and maintaining root systems.
Consider Artificial Grass to keep your backyard looking green even during the dry summer months without having to worry about mowing, edging or fertilising. Best of all, you can forget about those expensive watering bills during the hot Australian summer to keep your lawn looking its best.
2. Create a space to suit you
Have a dedicated space to suit every need you have in your backyard. Whether you’re relaxing on a lazy summer evening or entertaining family and friends during the holiday season, your space should suit your lifestyle.
Decking is a great outdoor flooring solution for everything from day loungers to alfresco dining furniture. Perfect for sloping blocks, decking also adds a warm, textural element to your backyard space. For a low-maintenance option, consider composite decking; while it looks just like timber, its hard-shell construction requires no painting, oiling or sanding, so you can just sit back and enjoy the space!
Relax in comfort with the addition of a pergola, to create an inviting outdoor room you’ll want to spend hours in. A growing trend we love is a standalone structure in a separate area of the yard to create a relaxing little sanctuary or escape, that also makes sure you are using all the space you have available.
Outdoor accessories are the finishing touch to personalise your backyard space. Adding internal features to outdoor spaces can make the area feel extra luxurious, finishing touches like fans, lighting and insulated roofing can create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors, while Outdoor Blinds can transform a space into an outdoor room with shade and insect protection to stay outdoors for longer in those summer months. Impress guests and have your favourite drinks ready to go with the addition of an outdoor bar space, mini-fridges or outdoor kitchen.
3. Create an ambient atmosphere
Hanging string lights is a quick and easy way to create an inviting, cosy atmosphere in your backyard. Enjoy your outdoor space well into the evening with a set of fairy lights or LED bulb lights – all while saving on power consumption.
If a power source is not easily accessible in your outdoor area, consider using battery operated string lights.
Find the perfect location by deciding where they will be most useful in your backyard. To create an ambient dining experience, weave them around the rafters on your pergola or attach them to the pillars of your alfresco area with cable ties. If you prefer to spend more time out on the lawn, drape them across your backyard fence to give your whole backyard that extra glow.
4. Add a kid’s corner to keep them entertained
The summer months go hand in hand with school holidays, and keeping the kids entertained for weeks can often be a challenge. Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can keep them active without having to run around after them.
Mini golf is a great way to get everyone outdoors. You may not know you can install your own putting green at home with the help of Artificial Grass. The MultiSport range is perfect for this type of backyard addition as it’s designed for heavy use.
If you have old pavers lying around, utilise them for a game of hopscotch with chalk or wash-off spray paint. Create your own private outdoor cinema by gathering pillows and blankets and setting up outside using a sheet as your ‘big-screen.’
So, if you want to get your backyard ready in time for summer, we’re here to help. Fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article.
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