If your backyard is looking a bit tired and worn, the start of a new year is the perfect time to begin sprucing it up. Many New Year’s resolutions fail because they’re not actually fun to do. But our list of seven backyard New Year’s resolutions is designed to be both fun and productive. Not only will you enjoy the journey, but you’ll also love the results.
Spend More Time in Your Backyard
Backyards are supposed to be spaces of peace and tranquillity, but many of us struggle to find the time to actually make use of them. Set aside an hour or two on the weekend where you just enjoy your backyard. Not only will it help you to relax, but it should also help you get motivated for some of our other backyard resolutions.
Develop a Landscape Design Plan
A dated backyard can feel very boring to sit in, and it can significantly lower your home’s resale value. We recommend pairing up with a landscape designer to develop a landscape plan. Having a plan makes the process easier and less complicated. It forces you to take the time to think about what you want from your yard and to plan accordingly. A landscape designer will take your dream and show you the steps needed to make it a reality.
Invest in a Sprinkler System
Modern sprinkler systems have become incredibly advanced. They can detect how much water to use, and will only switch on at appropriate times. A high-quality sprinkler system will save you time and money, and you won’t have to worry about watering your garden anymore.
Start a Herb and Vegetable Garden
There’s nothing better than cooking with produce that you’ve grown in your yard. If you don’t have the right soil conditions or space in your yard, you can still grow herbs and veggies in pots. It’s a great project for the whole family to get involved in.
Maintain Your Trees
Trees are frequently neglected, as many homeowners assume they don’t need much care. Unfortunately, many trees need regular care to grow and thrive. If you’re not sure what to do, get in touch with an arborist. They will be able to give you the right advice for your situation. Trees are so valuable by providing shelter and shade that it’s a shame to lose one through neglect.
Add a Grilling Station
A grilling station is a perfect compromise between a gas grill and a full-bore outdoor kitchen. Not only does it make outdoor barbeques more convenient, but it’s also an attractive feature for prospective buyers.
Install or Update Your Pool
Pools are an integral part of many backyard designs. At some point, pools need to be maintained or even repaired. Indeed, a pool renovation can bring new life to your entire backyard. If you don’t have a pool, consider installing a small one. It’s a great way to cool down in the summer and will add lots of extra property value.