How to transform your backyard into comfortable summer look with the least amount of effort?
Here are the quick fixes from HGTV.
Best Backyard Quick Fixes
Posted by HGTV Guest Blogger
Canadians know how to make the most of short summers. The moment the snow has melted, we head into
our backyards and gardens and get to work on making them into idyllic retreats. Trouble is, we often
find ourselves toiling more than we do sitting back and relaxing. This summer, my goal is to transform
my not-so-perfect backyard into an enjoyable escape with the least amount of effort possible! I’m talking
quick fixes that will distract the eye from all the other real work (weeding, landscaping, fertilizing) that
has to be done.
Pea Gravel Dining Area
Pea gravel dining areas, via Martha Stewart and 8FOOTSIX.
Adding a pea gravel dining area to my garden is my most ambitious project this summer and one that
I hope won’t require too much work. There is something decidedly European about dining al fresco
under a string of lights, with the crunch of pea gravel at your feet. Find a spot in your garden that you
can dedicate to this project and then get to work clearing it of any growth. Next, put down a weed
barrier and top with pea gravel. To define the space, you could ring it with terracotta planters or edge
it with cedar posts.
Strings of outdoor lights, via Small Place Style (L&R).
For a magical, romantic feel, illuminate your patio (or your new pea gravel dining area!) with a string of
outdoor lights. It’s amazing what effect a few twinkling lights can have on an outdoor space. Alternatively,
for a touch of moody atmosphere, you could add lanterns or even mason jars filled with votive candles
to your deck or outdoor entertaining space.
Imagine walking into your backyard and seeing a pod chair floating from a branch. A hanging
chair’s very presence will make you want to escape for a few hours and read away the afternoon,
sitting back and enjoying the summer breezes. It’s easily installed over some rafters or tree branches.
If you’re itching to do a little growing in your backyard but don’t want to commit to a full-on vegetable garden,
try an easy, low-maintenance, DIY garden structure. The one on the right uses angled eavestroughs to
grow salad greens, and the one on the left reuses a wooden shipping pallet for herbs and nasturtiums.
Their minimal footprint and upright structure means less weeding and more efficient watering.
Outdoor rugs, via Les Papillons Rouge and Dash & Albert.
Looking to add some quick colour and decoration to your patio? Get an outdoor rug. They’ve come a long way from the green Astroturf that once dominated the scene. Available in a range of gorgeous colours and styles, these weatherproof carpets instantly update an outdoor space, and feel great underfoot. Best of all, they can transform a patio in minutes, with minimal effort required!
By Antiao H