Backyard upgrade projects
Your backyard is your personal part of the great outdoors, and that means different things to different people. For some, a backyard is a retreat from the bustle of the world. For others, it provides the opportunity to bring the world home.
It can be a place to play, a food and flower garden area, an open-air gym, or all of these. It’s a blank slate to craft whatever picture you want.
Backyard upgrade projects range from inexpensive and DIY-friendly, like planting a garden or building a trellis, to major operations like installing a pool or building a fireplace. Some are one-offs, but many aren’t. It’s common for one project to lead to another as you gradually create your retreat or gathering space.
Here are some upgrades you can do this year to get things started.
Start your backyard makeover by establishing in-ground gardens, placing container gardens around the yard and planting trees and shrubs.
Plants and gardens subdivide your yard into specific areas, and they take a while to grow. Planting is also one of the least costly backyard projects, as long as you don’t mind doing the work.
If you want to group plants into mutually supportive companion clusters, container gardens are a good way to go. You can build containers out of wood, or buy easy-to-assemble container kits online.
If water pools in your yard or digs deep trenches as it flows from one place to another, make drainage control one of your priorities. Backfill depressions with dirt and topsoil, level uneven ground with a rake and shovel, and install French drains where standing water collects. Control drainage gives you more real estate for planting and building.