November 10, 2017
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 neighbourhood.

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 backyards.

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 mosquitoes away.

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.

Get Shady

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.

Final Thoughts

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.