Smart Ways to Update your Yard this Summer

When the temperatures start to rise, the backyard becomes one of the primary hangouts of any household. Whether playing outdoor games, tending to the garden or simply soaking up some sun, families enjoy spending time in their own private green space.

A little maintenance can go a long way in improving the appearance and comfort of the backyard, and while that can trigger some out-of-pocket costs in the short term, the long-term benefits are well worth the investment.

Following are some tips to help you revamp your outdoor living space.

Install New Features

Consider building a new feature in the backyard that will make it a better place to entertain. A gazebo, brick barbecue or another outdoor cooking setup can add value and visual interest, but more modest installations like a garden or some new landscaping features could also reinvent the space.

A fire pit is one low-cost installation that can serve as a focal point for social gatherings. Inexpensive to install and easy to maintain, fire pits can fit into almost any backyard space and budget.

A simple fix like repaving sidewalks or refinishing the deck can revitalize the backyard without adding clutter or breaking the bank.

It's an Investment, Not an Expense

The cost of making improvements to the backyard may cause some homeowners to question whether it’s worth it. But the cost is offset by the increase in your home’s value – and the enjoyment of your yard.

If you don’t intend to sell your home soon, the upside is you’ll have plenty more time to enjoy your new-and-improved hangout. Friends and family may be more eager to visit, and the space can be an attractive destination for get-togethers.

Simple Fixes

If you don’t have the time or budget for big changes this season, focus on the basics that keep your yard looking fresh and vibrant.

Mow the grass regularly, trimming edges and corners for a neat, manicured look. Regularly pull weeds and keep your grass healthy by watering and fertilizing. Regular yard maintenance is much easier than letting weeds or rough patches grow to the point of becoming a problem.

Everyone has a different idea of what they’d like their yard to be, whether it's a wide-open space for children to play in or a feature-rich garden accommodating any activity. By revisiting your yard's condition every year, you can make sure it reflects well upon you and remains pristine for whenever you decide to use it. It's an investment that will add value to your home – and your free time.