How to Make the Most of Your Backyard this Summer
The backyard is one of the most important parts of the Aussie home. As we increasingly seek out an indoor-outdoor lifestyle, backyards have truly become extensions of our homes. Wooden decks or outdoor tiles create great spaces for relaxing and entertaining that complement lawns and flower gardens for the complete living environment. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy your garden. Here a few ideas to help you make the most of — and get the most from — your backyard.
Do you see gardening as a chore? It shouldn’t be. See it for what it is: an opportunity to spend time outdoors, working with nature. Don’t put yourself under too much pressure to create the greatest garden of all time. Just enjoy the therapeutic quality of spending time with your own thoughts and in contact with the earth. Enjoy gardening for the process itself and see the results that you reap as a bonus. You will be surprised what you can achieve.
Share your backyard with your friends and family. In the summer months there is no venue better for a party or gathering than your own backyard. You and your guests will enjoy the fresh air and the warmth of the sun with all the convenience and comfort of being in the home. Barbeques, pool parties and al fresco dinner gatherings are great ways to make sure you are getting the most out of your backyard.
Don’t wait until you have guests to enjoy the outdoor life. Have breakfast with the birds, enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn and take dinner on the deck. Get into the habit of eating outside; while the weather is good there really is no need to dine indoors. A family meal in the fresh air is a particularly rewarding experience.
You really don’t need a reason to get out and enjoy your backyard; it is a great place for simply relaxing. Grab a book or a newspaper and find a shady spot to kick back and relax. Find somewhere to hang a hammock and you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven.
Investing in some outdoor heating can help you extend the amount of time you spend in your backyard. If the temperature drops when night draws in it is a shame to have to go running indoors. There are many options, from patio heaters to braziers and from chiminea to radiant heaters; find the right solution for you and not only will you extend your evenings, but you might find that you extend the summer and get more use from your backyard all year round.
If you are going to be spending a lot of time in your backyard you want it to be as stylish as the rest of your home, so you need care over its design. Outdoor furniture is a simple way to make a big visual impact with a relatively small investment. Creating defined spaces for different functions is another way to make your backyard visually appealing. A good way of doing this is to use different materials such as outdoor tile and sandstone pavers to create entertaining areas and pathways as well as having lawns and flowerbeds. Keep it simple though; if you have small backyard it is better to have one or two clearly defined areas than a jumble of tiny spaces.