Making More Use of Your Backyard

Whether your backyard is the size of a postage stamp or an acre, you may be stuck in a rut as far as how you use it. There may be some favorite spots where family members choose to hang out time and time again, and not necessarily together. The following ideas can help you make better use of your back yard and deck area.

Create a Dining Spot

Everything tastes better when served outdoors. Keep this in mind when rethinking your backyard. Whether you have a concrete pad behind the garage or one of those lovely elevated decks that gives you a view of the yard, you can make it beautiful and useful. Provide the area with a table and comfortable seating, as well as a serving area. If appropriate, make a space for the grill so you can also grill everybody’s favorites.

Lights and Shadows

You will want to provide some much needed shade in the summertime, using a UV resistant Fabric canopy, an attractive umbrella or a wooden pergola. By the same token, make sure to bring in some glowing strings of lights, lanterns and candles in fire-safe enclosures to add atmosphere and illumination to the space. Also be sure to include solar lighting in the surrounding garden or grassy areas so that people can stay safe as they move around in the dark.

Pump Up the Green

Spending time in the back yard is no fun if there are muddy bare patches or the grass is dead and scratchy. Take the time to fertilize, overseed or replace dead areas of lawn. Dress up the garden with some fresh plants and trim any trees so branches do not hang down into the pathway or impede movement through the yard. Choose flowers that do not attract bees or other insects that could keep the family from enjoying the yard.

Adding a horseshoe pit or tetherball pole might be a good idea as well. With a bit of elbow grease and creativity, your back yard and deck can become a place where memories are made and many happy hours are spent together.