8 Ways to Make Your Yard Fabulous

Dated: 07/01/2020

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8 Ways to Make Your Yard Fabulous

Spending more time at home this summer?

While some restrictions are lifting, this summer many of us are still spending more time at home than we are accustomed to. Summer camps are canceled, travel plans are postponed, and pools are closed. However, this situation presents the opportunity to make the most of your outdoor spaces. Read on for 8 ways to make your yard fabulous while staying at home.

#1 Eat outside - in the front yard!

With restaurant closed or at limited capacity, many of us are dining at home. However, most of us dine in our backyards. To switch things up, have dinner instead in the front yard. Either cook up a feast or stop by a local joint for takeout. Not only will eating out front be a change of scenery, it may also allow for some socially distanced catch-up with neighbors passing by.

#2 Hang a hammock

Add in a hammock on the porch or between trees in the yard. No trees or porch from which to hang one? Get a stand that can be put out in the yard. A hammock is perfect for afternoon naps or long reading sessions. It also is perfect for nighttime star-gazing.

#3 Set up a backyard campground

Have your travel plans gotten canceled or postponed? The kids would still be enthralled with a backyard camping trip. Set up tents and a fire pit, roast some s'mores and tell stories around the fire. Enjoy the thrill of being outside...without being far from the comforts (and amenities) of home.

#4 Move your living space outdoors

If you're already tired of being cramped in your house with the family, extend your living space to the outdoors. Get a comfortable outdoor sofa and add in an outdoor rug. Don't forget lighting and some source of shade. You'll be surprised how much the space will be used throughout the summer!

#5 Set up a pool

Adding an inground pool may not be in the budget, but consider setting up a small kiddie pool or a larger above ground pool. Adding water to long hot summer days may just be the best survival technique for this unusual summer. Worried about how an above ground pool will look? Add in a bit of landscaping and flower pots around it.

#6 Set up a trampoline

Are the kids bouncing off the wall yet? A trampoline can be a great source of exercise and a tremendous tool for getting all of that energy out of the kids. Even if you don't want to invest in a large one, smaller trampolines can be easily moved outdoors and still used for burning energy.

#7 Set up your own playground

This is the summer to invest in your kid's favorite part of the playground that you might be steering clear of. This could mean a swingset or a sandbox or a set of monkey bars. A sandbox can later be turned into a raised beds once your kids outgrow it.

#8 Have an outdoor movie night

Lay out the blankets, pop up the popcorn, and get ready for a movie under the stars. A blank side of the house, a garage door or a sheet draped over the fence can all serve as the screen. You just need a projector and outdoor speaker.

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Tricia McCullough

From farming in Warden, WA, to living in Australia and then back to Wenatchee, I’ve always been profoundly aware of the fundamental need to help others. Whether through their financial picture or he....

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