Is your backyard looking a little drab and lifeless lately? Not to worry; you’re definitely not the only one. Most homeowners’ backyards could probably use a makeover, it is after all the most neglected area of the house, relatively speaking, relegated to being used for storage, BBQs, pets. However, most people simply do not realize how easy it is to bring their backyard up to par with just a little time and effort. If you’ve always wanted to improve your backyard but simply had no idea how to do so then, read on to see out top backyard improvement ideas.
Get Some Faux Grass
Definitely cheaper than foie gras plus you don’t have to kill any waterfowl to get it. If real grass is not your thing, for whatever reason, you can still add a splash of green to your brick backyard with a sweet faux grass rug.
Add a Pallet Wood Sofa
You can get free pallet wood from places such as pet supply and food stores, hardware, furniture, and equipment stores, construction sites, dumpsters, newspaper companies or even Craigslist! With some simple DIY carpentry skills, you can turn that pallet wood into a rustic looking sofa that is perfect for the backyard!
Hang String Lights
Since Christmas is just around the corner, Christmas string lights are bound to be extremely popular very soon. While you don’t want to have Christmas lights hung up all year round, which would just make you look very weird, some nice yellow string lights are a great way to light up your backyard: not too bright, not too dim while giving the whole space a nice and peaceful ambience.
Build a Wooden Walkway
This is another simple way to add a rustic yet classy touch to your backyard. Again, you can make use of discarded pallet wood, just give it a nice coating of varnish and you’re ready to go. The wooden walkway is perfect for linking separate areas in your backyard or to just add some character to an empty space. Get some nice rocks and put them at the sides of the walkway to add some pizzazz.
Make a Cinderblock Bench
If your pallet wood sofa is not enough, then try this cinderblock bench! Use six cinderblocks, three on each side, with two placed vertically next to each other and one laid horizontally across the top as the sides of the bench. Glue them together with some concrete adhesive. You can then get four strips of lumber (recommended measurements are 4” x 4” x 10ft) and slide them through the horizontal cinderblocks. Once you’ve trimmed any excess length, set it in place with the adhesive. Ta-da! You have a bench! Just add come cushions on top; you can also spray paint the cinderblocks for some nice color.
Build a Chicken Coop
If you’re not content with simply having a backyard that looks nice and that you can spend time in, why not take it to the next level and make your backyard literally put food on your family’s table? You can do this by joining the latest urban farming trend: backyard chickens! That’s right, raising backyard chickens is the latest trend for those who want food that has not been tainted with antibiotics, growth hormone, and god knows what else. Of course, you can’t just let your chickens run free in your backyard and sleep in the doghouse; they’ll need a dedicated chicken coop. Here are some great chicken coop plans to get you started. These are also important considerations to take into account:
- Permanent or portable? Some people prefer permanent chicken coops which offer the benefits of usually being bigger and thus allowing further growth of the flock. On the other hand, portable chicken coops are simply much more convenient.
- How big? As a general rule, depending on the breed of the chicken, each chicken will need 2 to 4 square feet of space in the coop and a further 6 to 10 square feet of space in the run. However, you should always get a coop that is much bigger than your initial planned flock size so that you have room for future growth. FYI, one hen lays on average one egg per day.
- What climate? If you live in an area that is in a Hardiness Zone that is 3 or above then you don’t need insulation or heating; the chickens’ feathers will suffice. However, ventilation is always a must; make sure you have a ventilation panel on each side as well as the roof.
- Who else wants to eat them? You should know what predators such as foxes, coyotes, minks, weasels etc. are local to your area and take steps accordingly. Your best bet is to use hardware cloth instead of chicken wire as chicken wire can actually be torn into by a persistent predator.