Create an Oasis in the Yard

A plain yard is boring and does not get much use from the family. A swimming pool, professional landscaping, or an outdoor kitchen may not be in the budget, but there are several cost-effective ways to transform the yard into a personal oasis. Creating a peaceful and colorful space does not have to be expensive. Plant a small garden, either vegetables or flowers, in the space. It will require some attention, which will draw people out of the house more. The sunshine, fresh air, and the pleasure of watching things grow will be well worth the time spent in the garden.

A simple patio or deck provides a place for family and friends to visit, enjoy a barbecue, or relax after a long day of work. Having a patio or deck installed can be costly, but homeowners can save a lot of money by building one. Materials are readily available from a lumber yard or home improvement store. Detailed instructions are available online, as are demonstration videos. Large chain improvement stores offer free workshops on do-it-yourself projects. The project can be completed in one weekend. Add a table and some chairs and enjoy the yard. Have morning coffee, invite friends over for lunch, or throw a small party on a Saturday night on the new patio.

Decorations can be added to reflect personality. A bold planter, a bean bag chair on the lawn, bird feeders hanging from the trees, or a small fountain are all examples of low-cost ways to create a comfortable and fun space. Most people associate fountains with ponds, but there are many that are designed to stand alone and circulate water continuously. Styles range in colors, themes, and sizes. Small ones can be placed on an end table or in a corner, while medium and large ones are ideal for the middle of the garden, the center of the lawn, or even in the front. The widest selection can be found online at discounted pricing. They are easy to set up and are efficient so the increase in utility bills will not even be noticed. This low maintenance decoration can make quite the statement and delight family and friends.