Making your backyard comfortable in cold weather is a seemingly impossible task. It’s another thing to transform a small backyard, but this may only be seasonally viable and may not work for the rest of the year. Here are some tips to help you create a backyard getaway for all weather conditions:
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Have you ever wanted to use your yard in winter but found it too freezing and unbearable? If you find that you get cabin fever being cooped up in the cold, you may want to consider a patio or gazebo with outdoor heaters. This is a good way to enjoy the outside in a controlled environment.
Outdoor heaters are relatively cheap and can make a world of difference in making comfortable and cozy backyard patios. Cooking areas give patios a useful purpose and can also make them feel more homely and inviting. You can add a pizza oven, barbeque, or grill, depending on your cooking needs.
Reusing shipping containers is a wonderful and simple backyard idea. They’re cheap, easy to purchase, extremely customizable, and environmentally friendly!
You can set up a small backyard seating area inside the container, make a hideout with glass walls to enjoy your garden in your own environment, turn one into an outdoor bar, or make one into a shed.
Shipping containers can be used for so many purposes, and they’re often cheaper and require less work than building patios. You may not even need a permit.
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Installing new lighting is a fantastic way to spruce up a small backyard on a budget. Ask any photographer, and they’ll tell you that the right light can completely transform any space. You can set up candles, fairy lights, lanterns, and spotlights to create the right mood in your backyard.
A quick tip is to add gels or pieces of cellophane to lights and change their colors. This can really help your yard stand out, especially in winter when there’s more darkness than light.
Backyard garden design is cheap and easy with the right amount of planning. Plants, trees, pot plants, and grass all make a space more inviting. So much so, they are actually scientifically proven to make you happier. And I am happier when I have a garden tractor if the space to mow is large, and these are great for hilly lawns.
If you work in the city all day, spending your time indoors or in concrete spaces, having a lush backyard can be a relief to the stresses of the city. Why not encourage the birds into your garden with a squirrel proof bird feeder?
Gardening is one of the best ways to create a perfect backyard retreat on a budget. It’s fun, cheap, and meditative. If you’re not into the work that goes along with it, there are plenty of low-maintenance plants you can work with.
You can also work with color schemes for your plants, flowers, and pots to personalize the space and make it work with your indoor space and overall personal tastes.
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Ponds can be a beautiful addition to your backyard landscaping, and you can create one yourself. In the summer, being around water can feel refreshing and create a sort of backyard oasis for you to laze around and read or just relax. In the winter, they can be even more stunning when they freeze over.
If you’re planning to include fish in your pond and, like Holden Caulfield, you’re wondering what will happen when the pond freezes over, don’t worry. As long as you have at least three feet of water remaining under the ice, most fish will do well in winter. Fish tend to do just fine in freezing weather. They enter a subdued state almost like hibernation and will be ready to emerge and be fed in spring. You’ll have to maintain your pond in autumn, though. Falling leaves can wreak havoc inside the water.
There are so many unique ways to make your yard more inviting. Whether you have a lot of money to spend, or you want to do it on a budget, you can definitely change your yard for the better, no matter what season it is.
Harper Reid is a freelance writer from Auckland, New Zealand who loves relaxing out in nature. On her days off, you’ll find her practicing yoga in her backyard, spending hours in her little garden or poring over her favorite books. Check out more of her work on Tumblr.