With summer just around the corner, we are already feeling
the heat to get our backyards ready for the season. Summer is meant to be spent
outdoors so it’s clever to maximise the potential of our backyards so that everyone
will want to spend time there.
Whether making space for a wedding, kid’s party or just
lounging around, people want a backyard space that’s inviting and functional.
Just because the backyard is looking overgrown and
unappealing doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way. There are plenty of easy
ways to dramatically improve the backyard and make it the envy of the
For anyone who needs some help with their backyard makeover,
hiring a handy man is a great way to save some time and money.
Show the Lawn some Love
As the canvas for all backyard activities, getting the lawn
in tip top shape is the most important part of preparing for summer. Since the
grass is going to be trod all over by kids and adults alike, it should always
be as trim and level as possible.
It may take more than just mowing and raking to get the lawn
crisp and clean. Yellow or bare patches should be treated before they become
home to weeds or depressions in the soil.
Build a Centralised Social Space
Depending on the size of the backyard, it may be necessary
to re-organise fixtures and furniture to encourage activity in a central area.
This makes it easy to socialise and keep track of young children in larger
The BBQ is always a great place to start, but isn’t enough
on its own. Put tables and chairs in a shady area and leave the sunnier spots
as play areas for games or sports. Have all the furniture circle a central
point that also has easy access to food preparation.
Building a custom fire pit is also a great fixture for
summer evenings. It allows for a lot of creativity and is a natural focal point
for the backyard. This is the kind of project that a handy man will be perfect
to help with.
Take Advantage of Insect Repelling Plants
Instead of spraying repellent everywhere or continually
lighting candles, there are plenty of bug repelling plants available. They also
add to the visual appeal of the backyard while keeping those annoying
Lavender, citronella, rosemary, lemon and basil are all
wonderful natural insect repellents. They’re cheap to pick up and quite easy to
maintain all summer long.
Summer is a season of fun but that doesn’t mean there aren’t
some dangers that come with it. The ugly
reality of skin cancer is in the forefront of people’s mind every summer and
for good reason.
Minimise the risk for everyone by providing ample shade for
people to retreat to. This could simply be done by organising furniture under
the shade of a tree. If there isn’t much natural shade to work with, perhaps
it’s time to invest in a pergola or awning.
There are plenty of great ways to improve the backyard for
entertainment and relaxation this upcoming summer. Many of the suggested tips
can be done easily with the help of an experienced handy man. Properly preparing the backyard for the heavy use it’s going
to get is a sure fire way to minimise the stress and maximise the fun this summer.