Improving your outdoor area can be a daunting task, whether it is a professional or DIY project. Any landscaping or redesign is challenging; you may have a limited budget, it can be a complete DIY project, or you are simply overwhelmed with choices.

Despite the challenges, enhancing your outdoor area allows it to be a reflection of your unique and individual style.Designing an outdoor area isn’t as challenging as you thought, especially, if you follow these easy tips making the process simple and enjoyable.

PLAN AND BUDGET


The first and most important tip is to plan. Establish a clear idea of what you want to include and the style of the area. Looking at pictures on the web can give you an idea of what you like and what doesn’t work.

It’s important to also understand your limitations, either in spacing or budget. A great outdoor area works to the space you have, rather than the space you wish you had. After creating a plan it’s important to budget, this gives you an idea of not only the overall cost, but also help prioritise what you want to include.

CREATE A FOCAL POINT


Starting the project can be the most challenging part. A great tipis to create a focal point whichbecomes the main attraction of the space.

Focal points can be anything such as a touch of colour through feature walls or vertical gardens (for smaller spaces).Water features , fire pits and outdoor decking can draw guests gaze and often is the hub of the backyard area. Focal points can be functional, such as an outdoor entertaining space, but it’s important this space is practical and within your budget.

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING AREAS


Outdoor areas have gone beyond your everyday gardening; they have become an expansion of our home and living area. Through utilising your outdoor space, you canexpandyour living and entertaining options.
Protected or roofed areasprovidesafunctional space to entertainand can maximise a space while adding value to your property.There is a large variety of styles and designs of patios or protected structures, so it’s important you find one that complements the style and space of the home.

GO FOR LOW MAINTENANCE


Creating a low maintenance backyard will help boost the enjoyment you get out of using your backyard. Choosing native plants suitedto your soil and climate will mean you spend less time watering,which is great way to make your home more eco-friendly, and more time relaxing.

Lawn is maintenance-intensive. Home owners can minimise the amount of grass you have by using effective groundcovers for heavily trafficked areas such as decking or paving. You can eliminate fertilising, mowing, and any other tasks needed to keep your lawn healthy.

Enhancing your outdoor area is a challenging task; however, thesetips make it easy and enjoyable. Remember always toplan, budget, and create a functional outdoor area that you’ll want to spend time enjoying rather than maintaining.