When you consider your backyard an extension of your home, you gain precious square footage that can really be used to your advantage. P&G and Lowe's agree, which is why we partnered with them on this post that shows how the backyard can be a gathering place for any season.
Most might think the early days of Spring are when to primp your yard for the perfect Summer, but the final weeks of warm weather are an important time for tending to your green space, ensuring it will be at its best next year. This is also a prime time for tackling any projects you have been procrastinating — like that outdoor water feature you've been dreaming about. We found a collection of real outdoor spaces that will motivate you to transform your backyard into the oasis you deserve.
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A perfectly edged yard is always so satisfying. And this is the time of year to hit your favorite home-goods stores for big sales on gardening supplies.
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Even yards in full shade can be a haven for fun adornments that create a backdrop for entertaining.
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Fitting Patio Furniture
If you're only working with a small patio space, it's smart to really think about the size of your patio furniture. Tape out squares using painters tape to make sure there's enough room to move around furniture before bringing new items home.
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For those living with compact spaces, paving a backyard or patio is a chic way to cut down on maintenance while still looking fabulous. So adding a koi pond is totally fitting.
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Using a trellis over entryways to gardens or other areas of your yard gives your backyard such a lush feeling and divides your space into areas, making your yard feel bigger.
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If you have a backyard that isn't completely private, artfully create partitions that blend in with your space — without looking overly offensive.
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Going with different types of pavers and stones creates defined spaces for your backyard that also provide a feeling of more space.
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Even a small spot can turn into a lovely little garden. Think about layering plants and adding a water feature or even a concrete statue.
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If your backyard is more deck than anything else, spending a bit of time making sure all boards are properly secure and replacing any planks or fencing is a must this time of year. The results are so rewarding.
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When considering layout of plants, place tallest blooms to the back, creating a wall of fauna that looks full all year round. And planting perennials means they'll be back for a reprising role.
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Creating a terraced terrain in your yard is a fun way to create different layers to enjoy — and adding a water feature is so lovely.
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Creating a man-made pond is a big deal, but it's also a lovely way to create a backyard that truly feels like an escape.
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Pathway to Happiness
Transform your backyard into a magical place and use pavers to define pathways that meander around your plants. This is a smart plan for those who aren't excited about maintaining a lawn.
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Fountain of Love
Setting up a fountain isn't as hard as you might think, and once it's in the perfect place, it offers a lovely back noise that helps block street noise — and your neighbors.
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When thinking about adding new plants or accent pieces, such as statues, trellises, or a water feature, double-check positioning so once everything is set in place, you won't regret the location. Take pictures of your yard before tackling a big project and draw the item into the image, giving you an idea of what things will look like.
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