Going along with the theme of beautifying your backyard, with have a few functional suggestions to take on board to further improve the look and functionality of your backyard.
My favourite suggestion for every backyard, no matter the size, is a backyard shed. A shed can fit in the smallest corner of your yard, with room for a few tools or it could be big enough to store a workbench and all your tools. No matter the space restrictions, a shed is functional and best of all can be customised to your preferred style. Steel sheds are more affordable and there are a range of colours to choose from to match your colour scheme, or a timber shed, while a little more pricey, is the ultimate in versatility as you can decorate and design it to your style specifications. You can paint, varnish, add windows or even planter boxes to your shed to give it that cottage feel, it really is a cute addition to any backyard that allows you that extra space for storage or work. Shed company SteelChief has a variety of choices to choose from.
In that vein, my next suggestion is an aviary. No you don’t have to install a massive zoo size aviary, but a small one can fit nicely in your backyard and prove to be daily treat for any bird lover, as well as an educational experience for any kid.
Remember not to throw out all those old bits and bobs that you can reuse like old pots and the like. Even if you think they are a bit of an eye sore, with the right plant in the right area, you can turn an old pot into a feature piece. Visit your local furniture recycle store for used garden furniture like old benches or even an entire garden setting. You can often find unique vintage pieces that have been disregarded by others but may make the perfect addition to your backyard with a little TLC.
If you have the room, recycle old pallets, tyres and timber to create simple, recycled jungle gym sets for the kids. Eg. Tyre swings, stepping stones and a theatre stage. With a little thought, the perfect garden is around the corner!
Sarah is an avid gardener and part-time landscaper who enjoys the diversity of every backyard and it’s possibilities.