Your yard is an integral part of your home. A smartly designed yard can provide you with a space where you can unwind and relax after a hard day’s work. If your yard may seem not too much to look at now, it’s not too late. There are many ways to revamp its look and make it your private hideaway.
The following steps will help you start making the best use of your yard space:
Draw up a plan
Grab a piece of paper, a pen, a ruler or measuring tape, or use a computer app or program, if you prefer. Create a detailed sketch of your planned garden. This will give you a better idea of how much space you have and how you can further maximise the space. Note which spots receive the most sunlight to identify where you can put plants and other decorative and functional elements in your garden.
Choose the right plants
The right type of plants can set your garden’s mood and theme. But before you go out and buy plants or seeds, you will need to consider your location, the climate in your area and the plants that will thrive in that environment. If you live in a hot and dry area, you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars just to see plants suited for temperate climates die in your garden. Consider using native plants instead. They require lower maintenance than non-native varieties, and you will also be sure that they will thrive in your yard.
Add seating areas
A sectional sofa, a couple of benches, a simple hammock or a few chairs can turn this space into an extension of your living room. You can then use the space to entertain guests, spend quality time with family and friends, or provide an intimate area for relaxation. Add a fire pit if possible. This can light up the area during the evenings and provide warmth during the cooler months.
Install a hot tub
Having a hot tub inside your yard is another way to enhance the look and function of your outdoor space. Depending on the available area, you can have a hot tub built for two or more. With the right layout and the strategic placement of plants and garden ornaments, you can ensure the area will be sealed off from prying eyes.
Add some shade
Providing shade to some areas of your yard can make them more inviting. Doing so can be as simple as planting some trees, guiding vines to grow over a trellis panel, or putting an umbrella over seating areas. If you have the budget, you can also consider building a pergola or gazebo.
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