Creating A Backyard Retreat

Posted: August 3, 2014 at 11:19 am   /   by   /   comments (2)

Inexpensive solutions to a beautiful backyard get-a-way!

My two sons used the backyard as a dirt-bike track for years, creating ruts and hill jumps everywhere so that eventually there was no grass or leveled area left – only dirt and trees! When the neighbors finally declared that they couldn’t take the noise any more, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to take our backyard back and turn it into the dream garden we always wanted. I imagined pleasant areas where the family could sit and enjoy the sunshine, or the shade from mature trees that surround the yard, and breathe in the beauty of the outdoors. Since I didn’t want to spend a fortune building a stone patio, I decided to make a few unique seating areas instead.

(My yard before)


First, we dumped a truck full of dirt into the yard and spread it around until it was level enough to walk across.



Next, we used landscape edging to define three large circular areas.



We added mulch inside the circles and buried pavers (a steal at 99 cents each!) to form a path around the yard, meandering in and out of the circles to create a relaxed, informal feel.



I decorated seating areas with plants and flowers, rocks I found in the yard, and furniture we already had on the deck. Then we added sod around the pavers and in areas outside of the circles



I considered putting a fountain right here, as a centerpiece for the main area, but finally chose to move this pretty planter from the porch instead.  We love the way it turned out!

I ADORE our new outdoor space! Now I get to spend time in the yard every day – with  family and friends – or (and I confess this is sometimes my favorite) by myself.


So, for a little under $1,000, I totally transformed our yard and gave the family and myself a great new place to entertain, relax and renew our spirits.



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