|By Guest Blogger Kevin Jefferson
|Winter is still here, but now is the right time to start thinking about the ways you could ramp up your yard for spring.
|Spring is the right time for action. When the new replaces the old throughout nature, why not do the same with your back yard? Even the smallest of changes and improvements can help improve the functionality and aesthetic of your backyard, transforming it into the ultimate getaway for some peace or the best place to host your family and friends. So, get geared up for the spring with these tips that will help you make vital backyard improvements.
|Refresh your plants
|Adding a few plants to your yard is a great way to revitalize the space — and it doesn’t have to cost too much.
|When choosing new flowers, it’s vital to pick a theme, so the garden doesn’t look visually chaotic and disconnected. Do some research and select plants based on your region, or choose a theme based on color, such as all-white flowering plants.
|From a visual perspective, remember that less is more. Keep your planting simple so that it will make a far better visual impression.
|Prices for plants vary considerably; for an affordable option, purchase plants in seed form, cuttings, bulbs, tubes, or small container sizes. Next, put them in some colorful planters that match your overall aesthetics, and get ready for a vibrant spring in your backyard.
|Add some color
|One easy and effective way to change your backyard’s look is by adding a splash of color to the ground.
|You can do it with minimal investment and hassle, simply by adding some colorful mulch or decorative glass chippings. No matter which choice you make, one thing is the same - this type of decoration requires no additional care.
|Choose a cool color and texture, then dump it, spread it, and forget it. Perfect!
|Prepare your outdoor furniture for spring
|Take your outdoor chairs and tables out of storage early for a thorough wash. Then give them any necessary touch-ups, or perhaps even a complete makeover.
|Once the spring comes, and you get everything set up, it will be much harder to make yourself do all the maintenance work, so the best approach would be to do it before spring even comes.
|If you do not have any outdoor furniture, consider a DIY project where you would turn any tree stumps you have in your shed into stools and even build a picnic table. It is easy to do, trendy, and eco-friendly. What more could you ask for?
|Build a treehouse
|Speaking of fun DIY projects, if you have kids in the family, this could be the right idea for you.
|A treehouse can add a particular aesthetic to your backyard and give it a unique feature that many do not have, while they will have a fun area to play and spend time together.
|If you are not that handy, you can always hire a professional to build a treehouse for you, but it is not that hard. Check online to find different creative ideas on improving the look of your backyard with a treehouse.
|Consider an outdoor living room
|An excellent idea for a backyard makeover is creating an open living room.
|This idea provides you with the comfort of the inside of your own house combined with being out in the open, with the sun and fresh air directly there for you to enjoy.
|To make this concept into reality, you are going to need a covered patio. Then, some furniture, a table, maybe even a rug. If you can afford it, adding a fireplace or a firepit can be an excellent addition as well.
|Use natural stone as the flooring for your patio. Add some durable wicker chairs there, a lovely table, and you have the perfect escape from home close to your home.
|Outdoor pizza oven
|There is nothing wrong with a classical approach and having a barbecue grill in your backyard. But, if you want to go the extra mile and have something unique, why not get a pizza oven?
|Once again, you can make it yourself if you are extra skilled or buy one that is pre-made, but that is not the most crucial part.
|What matters is that you and your family - and, hopefully, friends - will have another point of gathering in your yard and fun activity that you can all partake in.
|Give French Doors a try
|An exciting way you can extend your living area is by using French doors. Use them to extend your home (or your patio living area) by essentially opening an exterior wall between your dining room or kitchen and your patio.
|To get the most out of this option, change up the dining room to match the patio (or vice versa). Things like matching floor tiles, furniture, and decorations can enhance the look and make it all seem like one big room.
|Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work on PlainHelp.