In spite of the recent and unprecedented lockdowns, Australians are looking to their homes for a sense of comfort and security. As working from home arrangements continue to become ‘new normal’, it is important that you have prepared your home for what’s to come. The first lockdown in 2020 showed homeowners the importance of having a calm working environment in their homes. However, in Winter 2021, homeowners now more than ever want to stay warm and indoors, which makes it an ideal time to prepare your home for the Summer months.
Here are five cost-effective ways you can transform your backyard without breaking the bank.
Perhaps the easiest way to make a start on your outdoor space is to buy some courtyard seating. The difference a table and chairs can make to an empty outdoor space is enormous. Adding a patterned, outdoor rug underneath the seating can also be a great way to add a pop of colour to the space with minimal effort.
Another great way to add some flare to your backyard it to make a veggie patch. The best part about veggie patches (apart from the plants), is that you can put them in practically anything! From pre-built garden beds and off-the-ground planters to steel barrels and scrap wood, as long as there is drainage and sunlight, you’ve got yourself a veggie patch. They’re also a great way to get the kids involved!
If you’re short on space, it’s time to look to the walls! Vertical gardens are very trendy, easy to maintain and can look great in a smaller space. Not only will it keep your yard looking clean and lively, it is also a great option for renters. Many vertical planters on the market can be completely taken apart and reinstalled, which makes for easy clean-up and assembly at the beginning and end of a lease.
If maintaining a yard and garden feels too overwhelming in your space, try and opt for self-sufficient hanging plants. These planters are great for those who are too busy to look after plants and would prefer to keep the floor of their outdoor space clean. The Boston Fern and Devil’s Ivy are two very affordable and easy to propagate options for your hanging planter.
Clutter is another reason many people avoid the outdoors. Kids and dog toys, empty washing buckets and garden care utensils can really take up unnecessary space and often leave your outdoor area looking unkept. The best way to keep things tidy is to add a storage unit to your space. Having a place to put away toys and tools but keeping them accessible is a great option for those always on the run. Another great idea is to keep a rubbish bin outdoors to avoid having to walking back inside to throw away scraps.
Having a place to enjoy after a long day at work or even just another area that entertains the kids only benefits the household especially in lockdowns. As our society continues to modify itself and influence new ways of living, we must welcome new ways to improve our lifestyles.