How to Make the Most of Your Backyard

How to Make the Most of Your Backyard | City of Creative Dreams

If you’ve been blessed with a house that has a spacious backyard, you probably know that it’s of utmost importance for you to look after the lawn, patio, and other outdoor spaces with due care as to keep your nest functional and aesthetically pleasing through and thorough throughout the seasons. Still, picking the projects that promise the biggest visual bang for your landscaping buck isn’t always easy: garden design trends tend to change every season and not exactly each and every fad will make a perfect fit for your nest. If you’re in two minds as to how to maximize your home’s functionality and market value this season, here are five smart ideas which will help you make the most of your backyard in terms of functionality, aesthetics, and property value.


1. Showcase perennials in their full glory

Perennials are one of the most cost-efficient landscaping tricks that can take your backyard from dull and dead-looking to drop-dead gorgeous. Unlike annual plants, perennials come back every year and require little care, so your yard will stay colorful and charming in the seasons to come with minimal upkeep in the mix. For top-notch visuals and hassle-free maintenance, try planting daisies, veronica, agave, catmint, and poppy in your garden while keeping color wheel basics in mind. If you’re looking to strike both aesthetic and flavor-wise equilibrium in your area al fresco, you can start a herb garden starring organic saffron, sage, and lavender in your yard.  


2. A little lawn upkeep goes a long way

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Nothing can wreck the charm of your backyard like a shabby lawn. To maximize yard appeal, sod or seed your lawn: not only will it enhance the look of your private haven, it’ll also increase the functionality and marketability of your home in the long run. If you’re looking to brush up your landscaping act fast and price is not an issue, go with fresh sod, but if you have a limited budget to stick to and aren’t under pressure time-wise, seeding would be a smarter idea. In both cases, you’ll have to invest a little manual labor into mulching, fertilizing, weeding, and raking the lawn so roll up your sleeves and roll out fresh sod to help your yard come back to life.

3. Swap lawn for decorative rocks or pebbles

If you don’t feel like seeding your lawn or touching it up with fresh sod, swap turf for decorative pebbles and rocks. A simple and cost-efficient trick to add interest and value to your backyard, boulders, pebbles, and rocks will infuse your garden with desert vibes and make it easier for you to merge modernist-looking interiors with outdoor space. For superior aesthetic effects, it’d be a wise move to use pebbles and boulders in the same or similar tone as the house exteriors, but if you’re up for experiments with colors and structures, it’d be best to seek an expert opinion from designers who specialize in landscaping in Sydney.


4. Unexpected blends for a chic yard twist 

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Innovative material combinations are all the rage in backyard design, and you can make use of the hot garden trends when revamping your backyard, too. Antiquated copper or worn-looking aluminum items will add a dose of old-school style to your backyard, and you can mix them with salvaged wood or reclaimed timber for an extra dose of design eclecticism. If you’re into modern design, try pairing pallet furniture with stainless steel, glass, and/or wrought iron, or match rattan and bamboo seating with garden furniture made from contemporary materials that require minimal maintenance such as synthetic wicker or powder-coated aluminum.


5. Experiment with garden structures

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When it comes to backyard looks, nothing can beat the charm of a wooden bench overlooking a birdbath, pond, or fountain. To maximize backyard interest, experiment with water features and other garden structures such as birdhouses, fire pits, or decks. Carefully picked garden elements will boost your property’s market value and functionality, allowing you to move entertainment from home interiors out into the garden during warm months. For added convenience, it’d be smart to set up an outdoor kitchen in the entertainment area al fresco: that way, you’ll be able to do the grilling and cooking in the company of your loved ones.


Maximizing the functionality and visual appeal of your backyard isn’t all that difficult if you know which projects will add most value to your outdoor space. Still here? Go ahead and use the tips above to make the most of your garden this season: after all, life’s too short to spend your days lounging in anything but a superior-looking backyard. Good luck!


Guest post courtesy of Emma Joyce.
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