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DIY Backyard Paradise

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Creating your very own backyard paradise with your own two hands is actually a very rewarding exercise. Building something yourself from scratch is always immensely satisfying and it keeps the mind and body active. But with something as big as a backyard DIY project, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

Outdoor Furniture

If an entertaining area is a must, you’ll need to ensure that it’s properly kitted out. Outdoor furniture, especially when buying from large retailers like Super Amart Australia, comes in all sizes, shapes and styles, so it’s important that each piece is in keeping with your aesthetic. One way to achieve this is by going with an outdoor suite; this will usually include a table, chairs, and possibly other matching odds and ends that will help tie the area together.

Things to Consider

All of that thought and planning is for naught, however, if you don’t yet know what sort of outdoor area you’d like to create. Will you be entertaining? Or will you be creating a kind of outdoor room just for yourself to relax in? Are you building your area around an existing structure, like a pool? Once you know the answer to questions like these, then your work can really begin.

Garden Decoration

This could be a great opportunity to beautify your garden! Consider flowering or colourful plants, a nice new shed, or maybe even the addition of a decorative garden path. All of these things are quite reasonably priced, are easy to install yourself, are attention-grabbing, and can really create a different atmosphere in the yard. Maybe create a path using stones or decorative tiles and throw in a loop-de-loop as it winds its way to the clothes line.

Grow Your Own

Another great option for a DIY project is a veggie patch or two. Urban farming is all the rage these days with people choosing to grow their own vegetables rather than spend money at the supermarket. If space is an issue, grow herbs instead! They take up a fraction of the room and don’t require as much TLC as some plants and vegetables. Veggie patches themselves are extremely cheap and easy to build as well.

Lawn

How’s your lawn looking? Could it use a going over amongst all of this change and improvement? If you know what you’re doing you can always tear up the grass and scatter seedlings to grow the precise kind you’re after, but if you’re keen to get started right away you can always look at turf as an option. Though it lies at the “more difficult” end of the DIY spectrum, for the particularly handy, turf’s a fast, effective way to make your lawn look amazing.

Hopefully you’ve got a few ideas now and are ready to get started! Turning your backyard into your own personal paradise is all in the planning and execution. Get a few knowledgeable friends to help you out if you aren’t too sure how to accomplish a particular task or jump online and search for in-depth tutorials. What are your top tips for backyard DIY? Leave a comment below.

 

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Renovating Your Backyard? Here are some Additions to Consider

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Before you start renovating you need to think, what do I want out of this space? What is it going to be used for and how often am I going to use it? There are so many different things you can do with your outdoor space so think carefully.

Entertainment Centre

Where better to start your renovations than with a patio. Patios and pergolas are the ultimate part of outdoor entertainment. It’s where your seating area and your barbeque goes, and it’s the transition between the indoors and outdoors. When designing the patio think about what you are going to do with it and how big you want it. Talk to the experts, like the guys at Additions Building , for everything you need to know about patios and pergolas. If you are a big entertainer then you will want to make a space large enough to seat all of your guests. Your backyard might be more of a private space. Maybe you would rather more room for the kids to play on the grass, in which case you would need to pull back the patio and give them more room.

Put in the Right Garden

A big issue, and often overlooked, when renovating your backyard is how much future maintenance you will have. If you are strapped for time or don’t want spend every second weekend tiding up the garden then it is very important to choose the right plants. Slow growing, hardy plants are great if you never want to worry about trimming or watering them. It is vitally to choose the correct plants for your climate. Too often plants will wilt or die because they have been planted in the wrong conditions, so make sure you read the tags that come with the plants and check they are appropriate for your conditions.

Adding the Right Lawn

Most backyards will have at least a little grass, so when renovating make sure you have the lawn you want. Though it seems like a small and minor thing, picking the right grass is very important. Certain types of grass will not grow at all in some conditions. If your backyard is heavily shaded and rarely ever gets sun light it is likely that no kind of grass will grow, regardless of shade growing guarantees. Even shade grass needs some sun, so if you are in that situation you should consider an alternative to having a lawn.

What about the Kids?

Open space is key when it comes to having a backyard for kids. An open lawn is the easiest, and most fun solution, but you can still add some great landscaping designs. Having a garden bed around the boundary fence creates a balance between space to kick a ball and a beautiful garden. Be sure to pick your plants carefully though, as anything fragile or with prickles or thorns is out of the question. Kids and cacti definitely do not go well together. If you have the space you may even consider putting in some play equipment for the kids, like a cubby house or swing set or, if you can stand them mess, even a sand pit.

Renovating can be a big deal, but if you think it through and make the right choices you will create something that you and your family will love. What other considerations are there when renovating a backyard?

 

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Beautiful Garden

It has been my dream to have a house of my own and a big garden to tend when I retire. I am not a green-thumb but I love nature. I love to see beautiful flowers bloom and trees bearing fruits in my yard. Not only that, I also want to see my future garden to be well-sculpted with cute lawn gnomes to add beauty and substance.

I think garden sculptures like gnomes, angels, Japanese pagodas and other large stones can enhance the zen/contemporary design I have in mind for my garden. I am not sure though if having a pond or a fountain is a good idea since our country is prone to Dengue-carrier mosquitoes.

Along that beautiful garden is a small area to receive guests for barbeque and dining al fresco moments. A round gazebo will be a pretty addition to the garden design.

I just hope all these will materialize because I am putting my heart and soul to make this a reality. All my family’s hard-earned money will go towards the construction of our dream home and having a beautiful garden is just one of that goal.

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