Making the most of your backyard need not involve importing exotic plants and installing expensive pools and spas.
Begin by making the conditions right to enjoy it all, or most of the year round. If you live in a cooler location, a protected space from the elements will mean you can still enjoy outside time even in more unsavoury weather. Think pergolas, pavilions, umbrellas, or semi glassed in sun rooms. Likewise, if you live in a hotter region, consider an alfresco zone that will maximise airflow and provide shade in the blinding Australian sun. You may undertake a complete backyard renovation or simply provide some furniture and sheltered areas to encourage some outdoor living. Either way, don’t forget to address access issues around your backyard. If your home experiences heavy rainfall, improve navigation through a potential mud bowl by installing items such as format or concrete pavers that lead to washing lines, sheds and other commonly used outdoor areas.
A good way to get some inspiration for improving your outdoor space is to stop by some open for inspections of houses that are currently on the market. If you are starting your backyard overhaul from the very beginning, visiting display homes that are for sale will showcase more modern outdoor configurations and importantly, how a recently established garden can look and be maintained.
Enjoying your outdoor area will also come down to the simple factor of space. Even small postage stamp sized backyards can incorporate great alfresco dining spaces or small terraces if they’re maintained properly. So once you have a configuration you are happy with, don’t let all your hard work go to waste as the grass grows long and the weeds creep into the garden beds.
If you don’t have the time to look after your backyard, hire a professional gardening service to give the yard a regular spruce up. This leaves you with time to actually enjoy the results instead of being angry at an old mower that only half does the job. If budget is more important to you, recruit a neighbour’s teenager or turn online to an underemployed university student through sites such as Airtasker, to outsource a few tasks. Don’t forget that removing general clutter will also go a long way in maximising the space you have available.
Another fantastic way to make the most out of your backyard is to grow your own produce. Edible gardens can provide a double benefit of saving you money on fresh produce and creating your own mirco-ecosystem of sorts to support the environment. Ecological gardening when done right will not attract pests and encourage vital insects such as bees, whose population is sadly declining worldwide.
So whether your backyard is a tiny courtyard in inner Sydney, a parcel of land in Geelong or a part of a sprawling garden in north Queensland, spend a little time tweaking your outdoor space to improve your home’s overall liveability and provide you with a private space to unwind and relax.