With winter nearing its end, there is no time like the present to get your backyard into full-swing. Afterall, backyard entertaining is synonymous with Aussie summers!
Giving your outdoor space a refresher doesn't necessarily mean breaking the bank. If landscaping, major renovations and expensive outdoor gear are not in your budget this year, here are some easy and cheap updates anyone can do to give their backyard a makeover.
1. Light the way
Whether it's string lighting wrapped around a tree or solar powered lanterns along a pathway, lighting is a fantastic way to bring your outdoor area to life. It creates a warm, enticing ambience after dark - perfect for entertaining. Best part? There is no need to spend a fortune to create a beautifully lit backyard.
For more inspiration: 10 garden lighting ideas.
Upcycling your pre-existing furniture, fabrics and knick-knacks into new and exciting outdoor features is a great way to update a lacklustre backyard. Teapots as planters, doors as table-tops, the trick is to think outside the box! Not only does it give your space a unique look and feel, it doesn't cost a thing.
Up for the upcycle challenge? Try this project: How to make a rustic garden gate.
3. Create hang-out nooks!
Create a natural flow in your backyard by separating out areas for your guests to relax and enjoy. Dining area complete with table and chairs, outdoor living room with colourful cushions and a hammock in the corner. By making these outdoor-rooms, you make your backyard feel bigger and more welcoming! Summer BBQ anyone?
4. Think vertically!
Spice up empty wall surfaces with a vertical garden. This fun gardening trend is a simple way to update your backyard. It is especially great for small outdoor spaces like balconies.
Here is an easy and low-cost vertical project for you to try: Make a vertical succulent garden.