5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Backyard On A Budget

Jayde Ferguson

Summer is quickly approaching, the weather is warming up, and your backyard is calling! Get it ready and turn it into your own private oasis with these ideas to polish up your backyard.

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1. Update Your Landscaping 

The best backyards have a variety of plants, from grass and flowers to trees and bushes. Keeping your backyard looking fresh means keeping those plants maintained.

For larger, grassy yards, a ride on mower will make the task of mowing quicker, but for smaller yards, you’ll need a more precise lawn mower to help define your outdoor space and give your garden shape. 

Adding mulch or pebbles to flower beds and around trees and bushes is a simple way to make any yard look sophisticated and won't cost you a fortune. Pebbles or mix stones can help to give your garden character too and create layers in its appeal. 

When trimming trees and bushes, consider keeping them narrower in high traffic areas, and be sure to cut bushes like roses, back at the end of the summer in order to keep them fresh the following year. Maintaining your greenery doesn't need to take long if you cut out any dead branches on a regular basis. 

2. Add a Pop of Colour

Your yard may already be green from grass and trees, so consider adding another colour to bring the space to life and make it feel more vibrant. 

Paint the back of your house a different colour from the rest so that it matches your chosen backyard decor. A quick pain refresh can be very cost-effective and leave your outdoor space looking more refreshed. 

Keep your seating area looking sophisticated with outdoor cushions or a coloured umbrella for added shade. Instead of buying new outdoor furniture to brighten up the space, give a fresh coat of paint to any worn looking chairs and tables. 

If you have a concrete patio, you may find it can look a little more industrial than you'd like. If this is the case, consider painting it a solid colour to match with your existing decor or paint it to look like stone for a cool effect. For a quick fix, you can add an outdoor rug so the concrete doesn't look as dominating. 

Another great way to add colour is to buy or paint flower pots to match your decor. You can use these for plants that don’t do well in the rest of your garden, so they won’t take over, or they can receive the special care they need.

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3. Create Dimension

To add dimension to your yard, create a focal point to spark visual interest and define an aesthetically pleasing balance. A hammock, swing or bench can be ideal for this. You can also use coloured plants as a focal point or a water feature to relax by on those sunny afternoons. 

Another way to add dimension is to a path of pebbles or stepping stones through the gardens. Build upwards either in the gardens or over the path by adding a trellis and vines or an archway. Not only does this look great, but it helps to keep people out of the garden area too. 

Trees are also a great way to add dimension, but may take years to get to the right size. You can use boulders to cover holes from trees or bushes you have taken out, or to add character to a flat garden.

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4. Make it Functional

Making great food often means making it from scratch, and the best sources for high quality food is often local, or in our own backyards. A lot of veggies are surprisingly easy to grow, they just require space to do it and a little TLC. 

Beans are relatively easy to grow, and pole beans can even grow on your trellis. Beans prefer lots of sun so are perfect for the Australia locations. 

Cucumber plants like to spread out and grow up fences or a trellis, but these water filled veggies are low maintenance, love the summer warmth, and can be added to a variety of dishes or be eaten on their own.

Tomatoes thrive in Australia, and can add dimension to your yard in hanging baskets that get lots of sun. An added bonus - planting tomatoes next to a basil plant can act as a natural mosquito repellent. 

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5. Make it Private

The simplest way to shield your yard from the neighbours is by adding a fence, but it’s not the only way.

Adding a freestanding screen along the side of your patio allows you to have privacy near the house, while leaving the rest of the yard open - and it saves the hassle of digging holes. You could add trees or hedges in the yard for a more natural privacy wall. Keep them trimmed and add mulch or stones where they’re planted to maintain the polished look of your yard. The use of shade cloths and outdoor feature walls can act a a privacy wall too and ensures you're getting the most out of your garden oasis. 

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Author Bio: This article was written by Jayde Ferguson with assistance from Paul Beacon, the General Manager of the family-owned Beacon Equipment which supplies Western Australia with outdoor and lawn equipment. Connect with Paul on Google+ today!