Create your dream backyard in 2017

Your backyard should reflect your tastes and lifestyle. It’s not just some place to store the outdoor grill and potty the dog. This year, choose a backyard project that will morph your outside space into your family’s go-to hangout spot.

Here are some inspiring design ideas for creating your dream backyard in 2017:

  • Create a butterfly oasis by incorporating colorful and nectar-rich plants into your garden.

    Create a butterfly oasis. If you’ve always dreamed of having a butterfly garden, you’re onto something! Butterfly-friendly gardens will help pollinate your flowers and reduce your need for pesticides. Use colorful, nectar-rich plants to attract adult butterflies. Also, incorporate plants that provide larvae habitat.

  • Bird-scape your yard. Birds are a wonderful way to interact with nature. Plus, they can help control pests on your lawn and garden. Start by landscaping with the native nut-, fruit- and seed-bearing plants preferred by your local birds. Install pole-mounted birdhouses. They protect birds better than tree-mounted boxes. Incorporate a birdbath or garden pond into your design. Add decals or screens to back windows to protect birds from injuries. Be sure to provide seed in cold weather, when birds’ natural food sources may be low.
  • Create a sustainable yard. Choose Harmony Brands turf. It is drought-tolerant and disease-resistant, which may cut down on your water and lawn chemical usage. Gather rain water by making your own catchment system. Choose native plants, as they will be more tolerant to local conditions and pests. Use mulch and compost to nourish these plants.
  • Add natural accents. Use eco-friendly materials to re-imagine your space. Wooden swings and stone pathways can set a charming tone for the rest of your design ideas. Opt for naturally pest- and rot-resistant local wood species, instead of chemically treated varieties.
  • Create hidden treasures by grooming your side yards. Use those areas for secret patios by enclosing them with a fence or decorative garden gate. Complete the ambiance by adding colorful foliage and a small bistro table and chairs.

    Make your backyard more play friendly. Add elements for kids to explore, such as rocks to climb, and hardy bushes or trees to use as hiding places. These can help spark your kids’ imaginations and lure them outdoors. Include adults in the fun by creating areas for bocce or cornhole games. Be sure to use grass that tolerates heavy foot traffic because your family may want to be outdoors from dawn until dusk!

  • Get more use out of every square foot. Create hidden treasures by grooming your side yards. Use those areas for secret patios by enclosing them with a fence or decorative garden gate. Complete the ambiance by adding colorful foliage and a small bistro table and chairs.

Your backyard can be an extension of your family’s personality. This year, transform it into your favorite outdoor space.

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