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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Backyard Projects

Fall is coming and you know what that means for most. Yard work. Every fall if you are in areas where the leaves fall, you spend a majority of the time raking leaves and getting your yard ready for winter.  As you start your yard work this fall, why not add some flair to the backyard ?

When you look out a window to the backyard, you might see an open area with perhaps a few lawn tools or toys that the kids can play with. There are backyard projects that you can complete that will bring life to this space that is sometimes neglected compared to the front yard and rooms inside the home.

One of the projects that you can complete is a sitting area. Hire a contractor to complete the design, pour a concrete area for all of the furniture and other items that you're going to enjoy using and any kind of deck or patio that you want to build. Find a place in the yard that is open and that has easy access to the home for your sitting area. If necessary, create a pathway with pavers or large bricks so that it's easy for everyone to reach the sitting area or the home. If you have any areas of the yard that tend to flood you may want to avoid these areas.

A garden is a beautiful oasis for the backyard. Use flowers and plants in colors that blend with the exterior of the home. You can easily customize the garden with any kind of flower that you like, any kind of statue or decoration and even a small pathway that winds through the flowers. Designs range from an Asian garden with a Koi pond to a charming garden with a wheelbarrow full of flowers and a wooden bench seat. Make sure to choose plants that fit your climate and are for the right time of year. Some may even choose to make a vegetable garden.

If you like spending time outside in the fall, then you're going to want to build a fire pit in the backyard. This is a project that you can also enjoy on comfortable summer evenings as you watch the fireflies and listen to the crickets. When you design the area, you're going to want a solid surface around the fire pit and either a pit that is already made or one that you create in the dirt. Position chairs or benches around the pit so that everyone has a place to sit. You can roast marshmallows, tell stories or just relax by the glow of the fire. This is an option to consider if you have a small yard or if you live in a country setting. Make sure you build in an area free of debris and trees.

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