Improvement for backyard sounds expensive and discouraging, especially if you are in a tight financial situation. However, with creativity and careful planning, there are still plenty things to do there.
Here are some suggestions for backyard improvement that can accommodate both practical and aesthetic purposes.
Start with the landscape design
First, you need to think about the size of your backyard. A big backyard can accommodate two to three practical purposes, like hosting visitors, exercise spot, and a garden. Place them with adequate distance from one to another, and connect those spots with footpath.
For a small backyard, it is best to have only one practical purpose. If you want to make a pool backyard, do not force the space by placing a grill in the corner. Expecting to have a pool and a party space is not going to work in this case.
A small backyard does not need to have a clustered garden. You can still achieve the green look and fresh atmosphere by placing the plants as the filling for the visible gaps.
Live grass or the synthetic one?
What makes a yard look refreshing to the eyes is the dominant green color. Live grass has been used since forever to make the yard look natural. But the maintenance is not cheap.
Consider having synthetic grass for the green flooring of your backyard. You might think that this option is not eco-friendly. But in fact, live grass requires fertilizer and energy to maintain. Besides, synthetic grass manufacturers have been keeping up with the issue, and their products today are mostly recyclable.
Espalier for the small garden
Exclusive to the small garden owner, instead of allocating your energy and money to buy plants to grow in the soil, why not trying espaliering? It is a planting method that goes vertical, which is perfect for adding a cohesion of color in your small backyard.
Apply the technique to the fence and to the wall that faces the backyard.
Choosing the decorations
Ornaments that can reflect back like a mirror create an optical illusion of wide space. You can take the unused junks from your warehouse and select some stuff that can be painted in silver. Place them proportionally throughout the backyard and see how the magic happens.
If you have a backyard shed, decorate it with colorful lamps. The shed is apart of your house, and lamps can create a foregrounding effect for the room.
Build a cabin
Building a cabin in the backyard normally does not require a government permit. But there are terms and agreement that you need to check if you are interested in the idea.
A DIY backyard shed can be a fun project to fill up your leisure time, but if you do not want to experiment and are expecting to get the best shed, hire a professional. Some companies even offer a budget saving program, like rent to own sheds. With the program, you can purchase the cabin with a layaway plan.
The cabin can function as an additional storage room, a personal library, favorite place to get a nap, a workshop or anything you want it to be. Anyone can always use an extra room.