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5 Ways To Upgrade Your Backyard For Summer

25 Jun 2019

Although it may not feel like summer yet, patio season is finally here! Everyone wants a beautiful backyard perfect for entertaining and relaxing, but the question is how do you create this? If you're looking for ideas, search no further! 

Here are 5 easy ways to take your backyard to the next level

 

A row of colourful muskoka chairs in front of a garden

1. Colour

Colour can be implemented in many different ways depending on the type of look you're going for. Different decor pieces such as bright blue throw pillows, green muskoka chairs, or a colourful outdoor rug are easy ways to bring colour into your space. 

Opt for smaller, colourful accessories as opposed to a giant statement piece as they are more flexible and can be easily swapped out. Planning is key, so be sure to have a colour scheme and mood board in place so that everything pulls together nicely without it clashing or being too overwhelming.

 

A well taken care of garden beside a concrete patio

2. Greenery 

Flowers and gardens are a natural and easy way to bring life into a backyard. Flower pots are easy to take care of and come in a variety of colours and styles. You can also spice up your boring fence by hanging flowers or vines. 

If you're looking to create more privacy or cover up a fence, faux greenery is a great option. It’s easy to set up, is weather resistant and unlike real plants there’s no maintenance involved. 

 

A storage bin that can also be used as a bench or table

3. Multi-Purpose Items

If you have limited space in your backyard, choose multipurpose pieces that can act as decor and as storage. Instead of having a chunky cooler, you could have a table that doubles as a cooler, or have a pool toy container that doubles as a sitting bench. Having these multi-use items creates not only less clutter but less work when it comes time to pack up for the winter. 

 

A stone paved outdoor living space with chairs in front of a fire pit

4. Bring In Natural Elements 

Who doesn't love a cozy firepit? It’s the perfect way to keep the summer nights going while staying warm during those cool evenings. Large or small backyard, there is a fire-pit that will fit. Just check your local fire department to see if a burn permit is required. 

Waterfalls are not only beautiful, but they offer the perfect backyard ambience to help you relax. They’re a great way to create some peaceful and soothing sounds for your yard. 

To keep the summer nights going, you’ll need some light. Nobody wants to be blinded by LED lights but they want to be able to see, so the perfect solution is fairy lights! Easy to set up and beautiful when lit. Pro-tip: find outdoor lights that are weather resistant so you don’t have to worry about taking them down at the end of summer! 

 

A garden using plants that require little water

5. Xeriscape

Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping that is designed specifically for areas that are susceptible to drought, or for properties where water conservation is practiced. It’s a great way to conserve water while still having a green and lively yard. 

Xeriscaping occurs when you group together plants such as succulents, yuccas and other drought tolerant species, that have a similar water intake to create a beautiful garden that’s not only easy to maintain but also eco-friendly.