Add a few lights
If you sprinkle a few outdoor lights here and there, it will not only be a useful deterrent from possible domestic disturbances (in other words – break-ins), it will also make your yard look a lot cooler. No matter how much your front or backyard needs maintenance, adding some lights to light the path to the porch or patio will make your house appear classier. In a way, this is sort of a cheat-tip, since it can bypass some cleaning duties every now and then, but keep in mind this upgrade works exclusively at night.
Grow a privacy fence
Now this is a very useful outdoor upgrade that can help you retain your privacy as you enjoy some backyard sun and it will hide your messy yard form prying eyes. You can mix it up with lemongrass or tall sunflowers, but if you live in a region where winters tend to be cold, it’s probably prudent to plant some evergreen bushes. This way, you’ll have a guaranteed cover all year round.
Update your deck
Most people opt for wooden decks – after all, they look tasteful and quite pleasant; that is, as long as they don’t age too much. Decks can take on a murky gray texture after a decade exposed to the elements, and your outdoor space can benefit a lot from a sensible update. You can purchase oxygenated bleach and scrub your boards thoroughly before you use a gentle brush to remove the moss, mildew and dirt. If the planks are too far gone, you should probably replace them completely with a fresh set, which brings us to the next tip.
Hire help for yard rubbish
This tip is also a bit of a cheat, since it removes the “Y” out of “DIY”. However, to be fair, after a massive yard-upgrade task like refurbishing your deck, you’ll probably come out on the other end very tired and with a lot of ugly residue in your backyard. Thankfully, you can call up the trusty and diligent service for rubbish removal from Sydney, and they’ll get rid of your yard rubbish gladly for a reasonable price. Cleaning up your backyard has never been easier.
Spruce it up with a water element
Adding a water element to your outdoor space can truly punch your yard up a few notches. It lends a calming, meditative quality to the surroundings, and it makes the house look even classier than the outdoor lights. You can purchase a fountain, make one yourself or add a watering hole for the chirping birds to an idyllic corner of your backyard. On the other hand, you can don the working gloves and a shovel to dig up an organic looking backyard pond. Do not forget to purchase some nice tiles and collect beautiful rocks to pretty it up! For reliable piping (if you want to add a fountain to this and drain the water from time to time in order to clean this patch of yard) you’ll have to enlist help from a professional plumber.
Set up a safe camp fire
If you want to create an eye-pleasing camp fire setup, you need to dig out a small patch of grass and use a few wooden planks to create boundaries. Then fill it up with gravel and leave an indentation in the center for your fire pit. Make sure the gravel surface is spacious enough, so all the surrounding yard elements are far enough from the fire. You can purchase a stainless steel pit for additional safety.
Maintaining your front and backyard takes a lot of time and diligent work. However, it is a necessary effort that should always stay on your weekly schedule if you want to maintain an enviable outdoor space. With a few smart upgrades and several useful tips, you’ll be able to streamline certain aspects of maintenance and save up time in the immediate future. However, always keep in mind the following fact – your outdoor spaces are a perpetual work in progress.