I do not like my backyard for several reasons:
- Each year, a little bit more of our grass gets replaced by weeds (despite using several weed control tactics and planting new seed)
- Our fences are awful. We have a cedar fence along the back which leaning inwards thanks to the neighbours behind us who have piled a bunch of crap against it. We have a metal fence along the side which does little for privacy as it isn’t that tall. Also, it doesn’t stop our neighbour’s weeds from growing through (apparently I have some crappy neighbours who don’t care much for exterior maintenance).
- The garage is falling apart. Our first summer in the house, we spent thousands of dollars to fix up our detached garage with a new side wall and roofing. Unfortunately the roof still bows and now the garage door doesn’t open (or close) properly.
- There isn’t much to look at and enjoy. We don’t have any landscaping… no trees, no shrubs, no flowers.
Well, this is going to be the year I do something about it! I’m going to give my backyard a temporary makeover. I say temporary because I don’t want anything I put into place to be too permanent. M and I have started having conversations about what happens next in regards to our living situation and if we stay in our house or move. A couple of the options we are exploring are putting a second story on our bungalow or tearing down and building new (both very popular in our neighbourhood). I don’t want to dump a bunch of money into the backyard (for example building new fences or putting in a deck) only to have it replaced in a few years because it won’t work with the new house structure.
I’m going to focus on 3 areas: furniture, landscaping and decor.
Furniture: either go all out ($1000 outdoor sectional) or super cheap ($20 plastic Muskoka chairs). While I love the look of an elaborate outdoor seating area, I’m leaning towards the latter. I think something big may overwhelm our small backyard. If I go cheap, I can try it out for the summer and if needed, upgrade at the end of the season when stores are clearing out their stock.
Landscaping: container gardening so I can easily move things around (I have a tendency to change my find frequently!) I already have some cheap plastic pots in various sizes which I am going to paint and (try to) make look high end. As for plants, I want something pretty and low maintenance!
Decor: lighting, artwork and textiles
I’ve got a pseudo plan in my head so now to get working! I’m hoping to have this project complete before E’s first birthday party, where we will be spending some time outside!