Is your backyard looking a little tired? If so, it’s time to give it a facelift. But, like all home improvements, making your outdoor space look a little nicer can be expensive you’re not careful. Here are three cost-effective ways to improve your yard…
- Feed your lawn
If you’re lucky enough to have a big yard with a lawn, one of the easiest and most obvious things for you to do is to improve the quality of the lawn. If it’s looking dry or yellow, give it much more water than it’s currently getting by setting up a sprinkler system for example.
And, it might also be a good idea to give the soil a little love too. You might want to use fertilizers or add some organic matter to the lawn, but just do some research before you commit to buying any products. Advisors at your local store will be able to help you if you’re not sure what you should be using in your area, but it would be a good idea to read a post like this one to figure out some cost-effective ways to improve your soil quality too. For instance, it can be cheap and effective to just add some kitchen compost or powdered egg shells for a greener, more luscious lawn.
- Install a BBQ island
You might think that making an entire outdoor cooking area isn’t the cheapest thing you can do in your yard, and you’d be right. But, you could reduce the cost a little by installing a BBQ island rather than a fully-fledged outdoor kitchen. BBQ islands are perfect for entertaining friends and family on warm evenings, and it’ll only become better value with every use! Invest in one so that backyard meals are a treat for you, your family and friends. Here are some delicious backyard BBQ recipes if you want some inspiration to build up an appetite for that BBQ island.
- Invest in some good patio furniture
Finally, you’ll improve your yard and get far more use out of it if you actually have somewhere comfortable to sit and eat outdoors. Check out second-hand stores, sites like Craigslist or scour flea markets to see if you can pick up stylish patio furniture at a good price.
You can make a cozy seating arrangement for those days where you just want to hang out with friends and family, or even buy something that means you can have some quiet time alone. Wooden patio furniture will stand the test of time so long as you treat it with the right products, and wicker patio furniture will fare well in all weathers too. Just don’t forget to look for a patio umbrella while you’re improving your garden – it’s important that you can sit under the shade when the sun is at its strongest.
All these ways will improve not only how your yard looks, but the way you and your family are using it too. Make the most of your yard by putting these suggestions into practice and see how much you enjoy your outdoor space this year.