From a play area for your children to a comfortable place to entertain your family and friends, your backyard is an integral part of your life. You want your yard to be inviting and to reflect your personal style. Whether it’s the onset of spring or you have a special event planned, you’ve decided it’s time your backyard needs a make-over.
There are many DIY methods you can use to design a backyard that is beautiful and functional to fit your lifestyle.
An easy way to add privacy or to section off an area of your yard is portable partitions. These are movable screens or walls that come in a variety of materials including wood, vinyl, wicker, and galvanized steel.
There are several ways to make DIY partition. Repurposing old doors, shutters or wooden pallets and hinging them together form a unique moveable wall. Paint the sections with vibrant hues to add a pop of color to your yard.
Use your portable partitions to section off an area around a hot tub, a garden, or a seating area. Create a bit of privacy or an element of design by adding them to one wall of your patio, porch, or lanai.
Trees & Shrubs
Planting trees and shrubs can add color, texture, and style to your backyard. They can also be used to create a privacy wall. Shrubs tend to grow more quickly than trees and can take many shapes for a unique design element. When planting shrubs consider fast-growing species suggested by the Arbor Day Foundation such as North Privet, Beautybush, or Forsythia.
Trees can add privacy, shade, and beauty. No matter where you live, there is a wide variety to choose from. Home-advisor Bob Vila suggests for brilliant colors in the fall consider a Sugar Maple. Dogwood is known for its year-round beauty, and ‘Green Giant’ Arborvitae can be planted along a property line for privacy.
When planting trees and shrubs make sure the species are suitable for your area. Your local landscape contractors can guide you about which plants are best for your location.
Patios are a great way to increase your outdoor living space. They can be built in any shape for many uses including around pools, a fire pit area, or for seating.
Brick, stone, and concrete are popular building materials for patios. The brick and stone can be laid out to form simple lines or in intricate patterns. Concrete can be formed into any shape or stamped with unique configurations to create texture and style.
Once your patio is built, or for an existing patio, you can add design elements to create the look and feel you want for your backyard. For a seating area that says welcome, add comfortable chairs, colorful throw pillows, side tables in interesting shapes, and outdoor rugs.
Potted plants and flower boxes add color and beauty. The addition of a pergola gives the patio height and shade. String lights on the pergola for a great outdoor lighting solution. If you want a bit of privacy, add a trellis to one side of the patio. Hang plants or run vines on the lattice for additional privacy and an attractive design technique.
A garden doesn’t have to be large or complicated to add color and beauty to your yard. Group decorative potted plants of different sizes together on your patio. Instead of planting in the ground, you can create vertical flower or vegetable gardens on a fence, wall, or trellis. Grow plants in hanging decorative pots, flower boxes, or place on shelving.
Don’t forget a shed for all your gardening supplies. Garden shed doesn’t have to be boring. They come in a variety of sizes and materials including plastic, wood, and metal. Brighten up your shed with colorful paint. DIY a shed to complement your backyard design. Build it to look like a cottage, barn, or even make it look like a tiny version of your house.
DIY methods to design your backyard are as limitless as your imagination. With a little work, you can create a beautiful and functional area for your family and friends to enjoy for years to come.