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Backyard Beautiful–Cheap and Easy Tips

Landscaping can cost a fortune. We have a few great tips modified from Better Homes and Gardens to bring life back to the yard to create a space that feels more like a sanctuary than an eyesore. Here are a few tips to spruce up your backyard this summer!

  • Pergolas can be a relatively inexpensive way to transform a garden. The fencing above defines the space it encloses in a way that looks natural with the surroundings but adds a classic and upscale edge. Privacy shrubs can be very expensive, especially evergreens and this is a low maintenance alternative to make the space feel like a true garden environment.
  • What better way to be covered outdoors than by nature herself? Vines are classic and might be the piece that brings your entire space together. Instead of doing a covered pergola, cover it with clematis or other flowering vines.
  • Try Pea Gravel, instead of expensive stone. You’ll still have to excavate a little, but stone gravel with floating larger stones is so much less expensive and easier for a DIY-er.
  • Use garden stools. They’re colorful, chic and easy to move around. Three in a row are a great alternative to a coffee table and will serve as extra seating for your party. In the cold weather, these can work indoors as accent pieces, too. Garden stools get expensive, but Target and Homegoods have great options at low prices!

  • Splurge on one thing per year,  like outdoor lighting, fire pits and fountains. These goodies are going to be the difference between your backyard and your place of respite. A fountain or fireplace can serve as a focal point that defines the space, around which you and guests gather for a glass of wine. Lighting and/or fire also make the space that much more useful.
  • Create shade and do it in style. Umbrellas are not just for the center of the table. Use a patterned umbrella beside your lounging area as well. We love Pottery Barn for their classic, yet modern collection, but Lowes and Target have great options at lower  prices.
  • Add a hammock. This might be close to your backdoor if you plan to use it every day or as a piece of décor. Or, it can in a corner far away from people and reality. If you aren’t lucky enough to put a hammock between two giant oaks, don’t worry–a rustic hammock on a wood frame can look as chic as it feels.

    Island Bay Sage Harbor Stripe Quilted Hammock
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