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How to Make Your Backyard More Livable

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Having a large backyard space can be frustrating if you don’t know what to do with it. If you aren’t currently using your backyard space, you are missing out on utilizing a great part of your property. Making small changes to the space can encourage you to get outside more. 

Add More Plants

You might not go into your backyard very often if there aren’t many plants in it. If your yard is just lawn and a few trees, it probably doesn’t hold a lot of visual interest. Adding plants of varying heights, textures, and colors can make your backyard much more diverse and interesting to look at. Intentional landscaping also encourages you to get outside more often to weed around, water, and maintain the shape of the plants. 

If you need even more motivation to go outside, consider growing a vegetable garden. Some of the best vegetables to grow in your own yard include broccoli, green beans, and many others. Homegrown vegetables can be tastier and much less expensive than store-bought produce. Harvesting your vegetables can also be a great family activity. 

Create a Place to Sit and Relax

Sometimes when you go into your backyard you might not want to sit on the grass. It can be nice to be in nature but still sit in a comfortable chair. Creating comfortable outdoor spaces can make going into the backyard much more enjoyable. 

Be especially mindful of the materials you use when creating outdoor sitting areas because of climate and changing weather. Waterproofing your outdoor space can help you reduce maintenance costs.

Add Pathways

If your backyard is particularly uneven or rocky, it can be difficult for you or others to walk around. This can be especially dangerous for elderly people who can easily trip and get injured. To make your backyard more accessible, you can add pathways. Depending on the type of pathway you want, you can choose between many materials such as pavers, concrete, and gravel. In addition to carefully choosing the material your pathway is made of, you should also mindfully consider how wide it should be to accommodate multiple people or wheelchairs. 

When you are able to utilize your backyard more, the possibilities are endless. Backyards are great places for hosting birthday parties, holiday celebrations, and casual gatherings. With minor changes, your yard can be a major asset of your home instead of an overlooked space.

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