29 Easy Ways To Help Make Your Backyard The Best On The Block

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Your own Wilson will be quaking on his subpar patio.

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1.

Pull together decor for an outdoor room or just cover up an ugly surface with an indoor/outdoor rug built to weather rain and more.


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Promising review: «Love this rug. These were recommended by a friend for use on my outdoor patio. They are terrific. So easy to clean and no matter what the weather brings, they always look fantastic. And they make my outdoors look like a living room. Great, inexpensive way to spruce up a backyard.» —Miami

Get it from Amazon for $51+ (available in four colors and sizes).

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Cover up a hard surface that, tbh, is beyond visual help with interlocking Teak titles you don’t need tools to install. They’re great for rental properties because you can take them apart and take them with you when you move!


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Promising review: «Living in Hawaii you have to select wise items that are weather-, salt-, and red dirt–proof, etc… In total I ordered 11 boxes to complete my yoga deck. I have a few left over to make steps on the back. Very pleased and happy. May order more for an outdoor shower project!» —Adazzle

Get 10 sq. ft from Amazon for $77.99.

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Don’t shy away from scattering container plants throughout your yard! They’ll give your space ~levels~ of visual interest, especially if you’re working in a space with few (or no) flower beds and lots of hard surfaces — like in this gorgeous Brooklyn backyard makeover.


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But if you’re not sure where you start, invest in a pair of matching containers you can set on your patio, along walkways, or around seating areas.


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Get them from Amazon for $40.99 (available in four styles).

5.

Refresh tired containers or make odd containers match with some terra cotta-effect spray paint that’ll give ’em the nice uniform look. (FYI, terra cotta matches everything.)


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Promising review: «The perfect terra cotta paint. I used them to spruce up some old foam planters. See the before and after photo. I ordered more recently.» —S Rivera

Get it from Amazon for $8.67.

6.

Roll out a weather-resistant cedar pathway along garden beds or other paths where your family tends to tread and wear down the grass.


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Get an 8-foot path from Amazon for $52.95.

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Stash recycling bins, bikes, a lawnmower, and other hefty tools you have no other place to look in this nice-looking shed if you don’t have room for a full-fledged shed.


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Promising review: «Good quality. Easy to assemble. Parts are individually bagged and labeled. Holds two 32 gallon, round barrels — which is what I wanted it for. Very compact, which was a factor for where i had to put it.» —Joe in Brooklyn

Get it from Amazon for $259. Also check out a similar shed in several sizes to find the right one to fit your space and needs.

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Spruce up stained concrete patios or walkways with some concrete paint for a refreshed look that’ll make a HUGE difference.


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OK, so painting your concrete patio may not sound like the easiest upgrade but if you’re no stranger to painting and want a big impact, give it a try!

Promising review: «Excellent, easy to use and clean up. My outdoor patio is a little rough and it took a full gallon to cover 200 sq feet.» —RLB

Get it from Amazon for $28.57+ a gallon (available in two shades of gray).

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But if you’re renting or painting is out of the question for other reasons, a power washer will give you an oh-so-satisfying «after» when it comes to stained and worse-for-wear concrete surfaces. (And the same goes for fences!)


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Promising review: «Great product! I did my entire fence line with the 15 degree nozzle and it blasted off 15 years of mold and sun fading with ease… Definitely recommend! Next up the driveway…» —Trent

Get it from Amazon for $149.

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Extend your backyard time by investing in a lighted umbrella that’ll tilt (literally) to your whims and give you the right amount of shade and light when/where you want it.


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Note that this includes just the umbrella, not the table!

Promising review: «I normally don’t like buying products like this sight unseen, but I’m very pleased with the look and especially with the solar lighting. We enjoyed a pleasant evening on the deck with just the right amount of ambient light tonight, and we are hopeful that it will prove to be durable.» —Dee Williams

Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in four color combos).

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Buy a conversation set with coordinating seats and a table so you can sit and enjoy your revamped backyard awhile. You deserve it!


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The five-piece set include two club chairs, a loveseat, and two low tables.

Get it from Target for $882.

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Attach a roll of faux ivy to ugly wire fencing, railing, or a trellis to obscure a view you don’t love.


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Promising review: «This is the second privacy screen I’ve purchased from Amazon. I have an area in my garden visible from the street. The screen hides all my gardening stuff (i.e. wheelbarrow, buckets, etc.). It truly looks like the real deal!!!» —soooz

Get a 94-inch X 39-inch roll from Amazon for $39.99.

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Place a handsome privacy screen as a design element that’ll also help obscure something less than desirable (like recycling bins or a neighbor’s super ugly swing set).


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Get it from The Home Depot for $260.99.

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Make a lil’ oasis for yourself — even in the smallest of backyards! — with a hanging lounge chair your dog will adore too.


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Promising review: «Very easy to assemble, and extremely easy to fall asleep in. I’m 6 feet 245 pounds, this chair fits me perfectly.» —Anonymous

Get it from Wayfair for $239.99 (also available in teal).

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Nestle some light-up flowers amongst the *real* flowers in your flowerbeds around seating areas for a whimsical touch that’ll make your backyard look like it’s out of a fairytale once the sun sets.


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Promising review: «The pictures don’t do these justice. At night my backyard looks like a scene from Avatar. The light itself is not bright, but the colors are very vibrant and intense. The color transition is gradual and glowing. They are hypnotic to watch. During the day they are unobtrusive and don’t look too fake or artificial. The green leaves are very bendable, the stems of the flowers are somewhat pliable, and the cloth that makes up the petals can be smoothed and manipulated a bit so you can make them look different and more realistic. I’ve had them for a couple of weeks and so far they are performing perfectly. They are simply beautiful and we love them!» —Zavanna

Get eight flowers (between two bunches) from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in two color combos).

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Bring the island(-ish) vibes to your landlocked home with a light-up palm tree as a fun lighting option where you need it.


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Promising review: «Love love love it… this in in our little side area in front of our kitchen window, and the final piece of decor of a long line of backyard decorating. What a fun ending!» —Shayna

Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in two heights).

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Set up shop in your new grass-side paradise with a double hammock you totally have permission to use just by yourself.


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FYI, this includes a spreader bar for easy setup and can hold up to 450 lbs.

Promising review: «This hammock is much more comfortable than any of that we’ve had in the past. It looks great in the yard and is very comfortable and soft.» —D

Get it from Amazon for $61.99 (available in four colors).

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Refinish tired metal furniture with some metallic spray paint for a weekend afternoon project that’ll have substantial payoff. Just look at that zhuzhed bistro set!


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Get it from Amazon for $6.94+ (available in a variety of metallic colors).

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Add a pretty focal piece in a seating area with a celestial fire pit that’ll look great in the daylight and downright magical when lit at night. (Oh, and it’ll be a toasty addition on chilly nights!)


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Promising review: «I ordered the Star and Moon wood burner. I am a little nervous about fire…but this was so easy to use. I love the way the stars and moons glow in the dark. It is beautiful and relaxing to sit and smell the wood burning. It was affordable, and not as small as it looks on the Wayfair site. I am truly pleased with this purchase.» —Carol

Get it from Wayfair for $100.98.

20.

Tap into your fam’s interests with cute Brontosaurus sculptures. Don’t worry, no lawyer is getting eaten by a T-Rex in a bathroom stall so you can marvel at these.


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Swap out your gate hardware for substantial handles and latches that’ll make a serious (but practical) style statement.


Oh So Lovely

Get the full tutorial on Oh So Lovely.

Get the hardware from Amazon: pull for $6.32 and gate latch for $7.88+ (available in two finishes)

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Brighten up a railing thanks to some colorful flower pots with draining holes and hooks so the plants inside can ~thrive~ while they sit there looking pretty.


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Get 10 from Amazon for $23.99.

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Show that there are ~levels~ to your outdoor paradise with this tiered planter stand where you can display your thriving plant bbs.


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Get it from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in three styles).

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Establish a garden focal point with an easy-to-install trellis. This one’s made of PVC so it’ll be super easy to take care of!


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It’s just ready and waiting for a vine you can train to climb it!

Promising review: «This was easy to assemble and it looks beautiful in my new side garden!» —Tracy

Get it from Amazon for $83.99.

25.

Let the good times roll (sorry) with a set of jumbo lawn dice you can keep handy for those lazy afternoons when you wanna do something besides just sit around in your wonderful new outdoor rooms.


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But what do you do with them? Well, you can use them to play huge versions of your favorite dice games or invent your own! Plus, they come with dry-erase game boards to keep all participants honest ;).

Get them from Amazon for $28.99.

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Provide your dog with a wading pool to cool off in so every member of the fam can make good use of the great outdoors on your lil’ patch of land! And in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s great for ducks.


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Plus it isn’t inflatable like other little pools, so you don’t have to worry about your dog puncturing it. And while we’re on the subject, check out hot weather pet tips from the ASPCA.

Promising review: «The perfect size for our golden retriever (80 lbs). Easy to open, unfold, fill up, and put away! Very happy I selected this model and size when searching for a pool for him.» —Katy Ryan

Get it from Amazon for $46.34+ (available in three sizes).

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Keep the cookout vibes going with a french fries mat you can easily reposition as your entertaining needs shift.


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Get it from Amazon for $19.31.

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Give other lil’ creatures somewhere to go with an adorable bird bath that’ll really bring something to your garden decor.


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Promising review: «It works! Windy here so I just put a heavy decorative rock to keep it in place. Yes, you should buy this… and buy the little solar fountain too :)» —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $30.49.

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Attract butterflies with a pretty puddler that’ll also look so nice nestled in a garden bed.


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Get it from Uncommon Goods for $40.

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