Spring is finally here, which means it’s time to get outside and bask in the warmer weather after being cooped up all winter. Is your backyard up to the task? There’s a good chance no one on the street can see it, so you may have put more thought into your front yard curb appeal.
However, if you want to enjoy everything your home has to offer, it may be time for an upgrade.
Whether you revamp your entire backyard or just freshen up your patio cushions, you can make this area better than ever. Here are some of the best backyard upgrades to make this spring.
1. Add Greenery and Landscaping
No matter how big or small your backyard might be, you can never go wrong with a couple of new, well-chosen, native plants. Some greenery and bright flowers can make any space feel like you’re in a verdant, welcoming oasis.
Plus, now that all the cold weather is behind us, you can give your existing backyard plants and landscaping some much-needed TLC.
Select vegetation that’s native to your area. It will grow more easily and less invasively than non-native species, require less water, and truly make your backyard green.
2. Build a Pizza Oven
How many people do you know who have a brick oven to make pizza in their backyard? Probably not many. Your house will be the party house if you make this addition to your yard. These multipurpose ovens can cook anything, like pizza, burgers, and hot dogs, or even breads and pies.
The pizza oven can double as a fireplace as well, keeping guests cozy and warm at your backyard parties. Everyone will want to come to your house this summer! Even better, adding one of these ovens boosts the value of your property.
3. Spruce Up the Pool Deck
If you’re lucky enough to have your own pool, a great way to make it even better is by sprucing up the pool deck. Years of wear and tear — not to mention all the water and chemicals that seep into it — can hinder your swimming experience and bring down the appearance of your yard.
You might want to consider redoing your pool deck with a sturdier and more water-resistant material for lasting functionality and a great boost to property value.
4. Upgrade Your Patio Furniture
There are a few different ways to upgrade your patio furniture this spring. You can give it a good cleaning to make sure it’s at its best for the next few months. If you need to, you can freshen up the paint or stain, and wash the cushions.
You can also buy some new pillows or cushions instead. All the latest styles come into stores just before spring, so it’s the ideal time to find something new that you love. Make sure you have a variety of furniture types for all your guests, both young and old.
5. String Your Favorite Lights
For gatherings that last long into the evening, you’ll need ample lighting so everyone can see where they’re going. String lights are a popular choice among many homeowners. You can add them to the trees in your yard, extending your patio area for more functional living and recreation space. Some are longer-lasting than others, so consider that as you browse.
You can also use a few tiki torches or lanterns to keep the bugs away, or you can place solar lights around the perimeter of your yard for pleasing illumination without running any wires.
6. Provide Guests With Shade
It’s essential to have a shaded area for your family or guests to relax and escape the sun. Here are a few options to consider:
- Large umbrella: A patterned umbrella is a cost-effective way to add a little bit of shade. Put some lounge chairs beneath it for a cool oasis.
- Awning: If you have a deck or patio right next to your home, you can attach a retractable awning to create instant shade anytime.
- Shade tree: A large backyard is an ideal home for a shade tree. In addition to providing shelter from the sun, it will also clean the air and decrease your stress levels.
- Pergola: A pergola is a freestanding structure you can place anywhere in your backyard to provide shade. Relax beneath it, grow grape vines around it, and more.
Adding shade options to your backyard will allow you and your guests to enjoy their outside time even more.
7. Map Out a Recreation Area
What’s a backyard without some yard games? Make sure to designate a space for recreation. Leave enough room for horseshoes, cornhole, ladder ball, yard bowling, or any other favorite activities.
It’s easy to get your kids outside when there’s a space already available for them to play.
8. Create a Pathway
The paths that get you from your home to your backyard could probably use an upgrade this spring. After snow and rain, they might be full of dirt or partially buried.
Add some stepping stones, gravel, or mulch. Or, use a pressure washer to spray away the soil and vegetation from your pavers to make your paths look brand-new.
The more pathways you have, the less mowing you’ll have to do in the summer. If you want, you can line your path with some native flowers or solar lights to further elevate the look.
9. Make Room for Outdoor Dining
Spring and summer are the perfect months to take your dining room outside. The fresh air you get when you can sit down and enjoy a meal outdoors will be one of the best parts of your day.
You can set up a picnic table in your backyard or just use a folding table. Almost any chairs will do, from folding camping chairs to wooden Adirondack chairs.
Think of this dining area as an extension of your home. Once you pair it with an awning or a few umbrellas, you’ll probably find you want to eat all your meals outside!
Use This Season to Boost Your Backyard
Spring is the ideal time to make a few much-needed backyard upgrades. Before you know it, you’ll be relaxing and enjoying the warm weather in your own outdoor oasis.
written by Rose Morrison of renovated.com
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