Crafting a glorious backyard oasis (especially out of a sorry state of garden affairs) can be a fulfilling and enjoyable project; plus, given the rising interest in gardening and outdoor spaces, it’s a great time to transform your backyard into a personal retreat – there’s no shortage of inspiration to be found.
The 2023 National Gardening Survey reveals that an average household spent $616 on lawn and gardening activities in 2022, with 80% of households participating in gardening projects; if you’re feeling inspired to get your thumbs green, you’re certainly not alone!
Here’s a handy guide to help you to rustle up your perfect backyard oasis this summer.
1. Establish a Realistic Budget
Reflect on the National Gardening Survey’s finding that the average household gardening spend is $616; this can be a handy insight to use as a benchmark for your budgeting.
As you go about setting your budget, consider all aspects: plants, furniture, hardscaping, and accessories. Research costs thoroughly to avoid surprises, and plan for a contingency fund for unforeseen expenses; it might all seem quite straightforward, but outdoor renovations are still renovations, and you never quite know what surprises may be in store – a clan of badgers found burrowing in your backyard may not insist on being put up in the Ritz, but the situation will still take some figuring out!
2. Embrace Sustainable Practices
Sustainability is key in modern gardening; use native plants as they require less water and maintenance. Also, consider implementing rainwater harvesting systems for irrigation, and explore organic gardening practices to avoid harmful chemicals.
3. Variety in Plant Selection
A mix of perennials, annuals, shrubs, and trees can create a dynamic and biodiverse environment. Consider plants that bloom at different times for a garden that’s lively throughout the seasons, and factor in plants that attract beneficial insects for natural pest control.
4. Functional Design
Divide your space into functional areas: a dining area, a lounge, and a hobby corner like a small greenhouse. Consider the flow of movement between different areas and how they connect visually and physically.
5. Vertical Gardening
Vertical gardening is an ideal solution for small spaces; use trellises, wall planters, and hanging baskets to grow upwards; it can also be an aesthetic feature in a larger space, with climbing plants adding greenery to walls and fences.
6. Quality Outdoor Furniture
When choosing patio furniture, invest in weather-resistant, comfortable pieces; it’s not just about aesthetics but also about longevity. Also, consider storage solutions for cushions and accessories to protect them from the elements.
Add personal touches with outdoor art, unique planters, or a custom-painted mural. Lighting also plays a big role; string lights, solar-powered lanterns, and LED spotlights can create a magical evening ambiance.
8. Maintenance Planning
Choose plants and features based on your available time and willingness to maintain them; if you prefer ease and flow, mulching, drip irrigation systems, and permaculture techniques can reduce maintenance needs.
9. Stay Updated on Gardening Trends
Follow gardening blogs, magazines, and social media for the latest trends; participating in community gardening events or workshops can also provide fresh ideas and techniques.
10. Community Engagement
Join local gardening clubs or online forums to share tips, seeds, and experiences; collaborating with neighbors can also lead to community gardening projects, enhancing your local environment.
11. Incorporate Water Features
Adding a small pond, fountain, or birdbath can create a serene atmosphere and attract wildlife. Water features can be both visually and audibly soothing, adding another layer of relaxation to your oasis.
12. Create Shade and Shelter
Incorporate structures like pergolas, gazebos, or shade sails to provide relief from the sun; these structures can also define spaces and add to the aesthetic appeal of your backyard.
13. Invest in Outdoor Cooking and Dining
An outdoor kitchen or BBQ area can transform your backyard into an entertainer’s dream; consider durable and easy-to-clean surfaces and adequate storage for cooking utensils and supplies.
14. Focus on Privacy
Privacy is crucial in creating a space where you can relax and feel comfortable; use fencing, lattice, or fast-growing hedges to create a sense of seclusion.
15. Integrate Lighting Thoughtfully
Use lighting to highlight garden features, paths, or seating areas; solar lights are an energy-efficient option and can be easily installed.
16. Consider Wildlife
Plant flowers that attract butterflies and bees, and install bird feeders or houses; a wildlife-friendly garden not only supports biodiversity, but also adds an element of natural beauty and interest.
17. Use Garden Art and Sculptures
Garden art can express your personality and add character to your outdoor space; from wind chimes to sculptures, choose pieces that complement your garden’s style.
Your Oasis Awaits
Creating a backyard haven is a journey that combines personal taste, practical considerations, and a touch of creativity; it’s not just about planting a few flowers! It’s about crafting an environment that reflects your personality, meets your needs, and harmonizes with nature.
We hope you found this blog post on 17 Tips for Creating a Backyard Oasis this Summer useful. Be sure to check out our post on Garden Shed Ideas for Outdoor Oasis for more great tips!
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