Spring is coming and it is likely you are looking forward to spending more time outside in the warmer weather. Consider starting one of these projects to make your backyard the perfect place to enjoy the nicer temperatures.
Bring in the Birds
Animated fairy tales are always brimming with tweeting birds and cuddly wildlife. Make your life a bit more like a fairy tale by inviting some real birds to your backyard. Install a bird bath if you are ambitious, or make a simple birdfeeder with a pinecone, peanut butter, and seeds if you don’t have a lot of extra time. Once you’ve invited them over, you can practice your photography skills or watch the birds while relaxing in your backyard. You might even be lucky enough to see a type of bird you didn’t know was in your area
Hang up Some Lights
Installing some nice lighting is one of the quickest ways to create a pleasant mood in your yard, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Get a little more use out of your holiday lights by stringing the white lights up in the trees in your backyard. If you just need to create a nice mood for a weekend, consider hanging up some paper lanterns. They will make your yard feel festive and cozy.
Add a Patio
If you don’t already have a deck or patio in your backyard, consider adding one. Section off an area in your yard, probably close to your house, and hire someone to pour a concrete patio in your backyard. A patio will give you a comfortable place to relax in the shade while the kids play soccer or a great spot to set up a table for serving food at the neighborhood barbeque this summer. You will also save a little bit of water, and time spent mowing the lawn since there will be less grass to take care of.
Build a Fire Pit
One of the greatest ways to enjoy nature with your family is to go camping, but if you don’t have all the right equipment, or you live far away from nice campsites, bring some of the fun of camping home instead by building a fire pit in your backyard. You can tell scary stories, roast marshmallows, and sing silly songs. Choose your spot carefully—you want a flat area away from trees and bushes. You will need a few supplies, but a fire pit is actually pretty simple. Find someone who sells sand and gravel in North Vancouver or Nashville (choose the right material for your climate) and then get plenty of large flat rocks to surround your pit. They will create a strong safe barrier between the fire and your family. Once you have built your own fire pit you can enjoy one of the best parts of camping without giving up your hot showers or comfortable bed.
Create Your Own Park
Your own yard can be just as fun as the city park, and it is probably cleaner and less busy. Consider installing a sandbox for your kids. It will provide hours of entertainment and you won’t have to drag the kids and all their stuff back into the minivan when they are done. If a sandbox isn’t quite enough to keep the kids entertained, consider hanging up a tree swing, getting a volleyball net, or using household items to create your own makeshift soccer goals. Creating a safe place for your family to have fun together will be an investment you enjoy for years to come.
With a little work, you can make your backyard your own personal paradise. Pick a project and enjoy the coming spring.