Backyard DIY Overhaul: Three Simple (But Essential) Projects

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If your backyard leaves something to be desired, you probably have some major plans to overhaul it. Even if they're just hypothetical back-of-your-mind plans, it's fun to think about all the cool things you can do with all that space back there. But most overhaul projects are extremely costly, and no one would blame you for setting those plans aside for the time being.

 

backyard projectsAll images via Flickr (read on for more info!)

 

Just because the pool of your dreams or a fabulous deck aren't in the cards doesn't mean you can't still have a great outdoor space to enjoy with your family and friends. Here are three simple but essential projects to tackle that'll make your kids' imaginations run wild and help grown-ups to relax and unwind.

 

PROJECT #1: GROW SOMETHING

 

 

Plant a Herb or Vegetable Garden

 

Planting your own vegetables and herbs can be a great way to teach your kids about the importance of sustainable living. Whether you have kids or not, it's a fulfilling hobby that many people find helpful in relieving stress.

Short on space? You can always build up. Just look for alternative containers you can use to plant in. Flower pots, upright pallets, and old red wagons are wonderfully quirky alternatives to the traditional in-ground garden, and they make it easier to keep pests away too.

 

gardenImage: Big Dubya via Flickr

 

 

PROJECT #2: THE BEST PLAYGROUND

 

Set Up a Playground

If you have kids, you understand how important it is for them to have a safe place to play and run off the excitement of the day. A child's imagination is a precious thing -- nurture it by designing your own backyard playground. Any play set that you put together as a family will have much more value than a store-bought one anyway. This way you can recycle and repurpose items to up the green factor as well.

 

child in tire swingImage: Steven DePolo via Flickr

 

  • Get creative with a sensory garden. You can update it as your children grow to reflect their tastes and preferences, as well as their developmental stages.
  • Old tires offer hours of fun as part of an obstacle course. They double as pretty sweet swings, too.
  • Pool noodles can double to make a kickball croquet course.
  • Utilize a hilly landscape to create natural slides and tunnels for kids to play on.

Creating the perfect outdoor play area will encourage your kids to get outside and reap the benefits of fresh air. You'll need to be able to keep an eye on them, though, and it's just not practical to be with them constantly as they get older. There are lots of myths and facts about IP security cameras, but once you sort through them all you might find that having a camera system adds a sense of safety to your home, letting you rest easy knowing what your kids are up to in their backyard paradise.

 

PROJECT #2: MAKE A LITTLE BIRDHOUSE

 

 

Build Your Own Birdhouse

 

Attract some wildlife to your backyard retreat by making your own birdhouses. This is another project that kids love, and it's ideal for any outdoor space too. Bird watching has been known to be an effective way of relieving stress and anxiety. It also benefits your outdoor space in other ways, including weed and pest control. They add a pleasing aesthetic to outdoor spaces and are fun to watch as well.

 

birdhouseImage: Ted via Flickr

 

You can make your own birdhouse out of all sorts of discarded items like gourds, empty glass bottles, scraps of wood, among other things. Look around your house or your garage for things that you would otherwise throw away, and find a way to fill them with birdseed and attract some feathered friends to your backyard wonderland.

There you have it. Three super easy backyard projects to overhaul any backyard space. After completing some of these DIY projects, you might even find that the in-ground pool that you've dreamed about for years isn't on your radar anymore. Give these simple projects a try and see where they take you.

If you have any other easy DIY backyard projects to share, please feel free to do so in the comments.

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