Setting up your outdoor space in time to enjoy the good weather starts with getting your landscaping right. No matter what size backyard you have, you can make the most of the available space and live the dream. Here are some simple D.I.Y. landscaping ideas to make a great outdoor space you can enjoy day or night.
Set Up Your Space with Decking
There's nothing quite like a brand new deck to turn your backyard into an outdoor living space or a great party venue. It’s an easy and affordable way to extend your living space that will last for years and, with a little know-how, you can build yourself.
There are a number of decking material options available, as well as the traditional timber decking of treated pine and kwila, there are environmentally friendly alternatives. Composite decking can be made out of recycled plastic, which is long lasting, easy to install and maintain and is rot and borer resistant.
Build it up with Sleepers
You can shape any size backyard and give it a natural, earthy look with macrocarpa, hardwood or pine sleepers. One of the most versatile, easy-to-use and hard-wearing landscaping materials, macrocarpa,hardwood or pine sleepers can be used to build a retaining wall, a raised vegie garden, flowerbed or as a border along your garden beds.
Make Space with Retaining Walls
Retaining walls are a great way to create levels of interest in your backyard. You can use them to create a raised garden to surround your entertaining space or make a quiet corner to relax. Retaining walls are also a good way to flatten out areas of a sloping block and add extra space for the kids to play or for you to entertain.
Depending on the look you want, retaining walls can be built from treated timber, sleepers or concrete retaining blocks.
Lay Your Own Paving
You can bring real definition to your backyard and create a great look with pavers. A good project you can do yourself, pavers make a strong foundation for your outdoor entertaining area or you can run a pathway through your garden.
You'll find Bunnings has a wide range of different paving colours, styles and designs to suit any backyard.
Add Colour and Texture with Pebbles
Pebbles are an easy way to bring different colours and textures to your backyard. You can use them to fill up empty spaces in your garden beds or as ground cover to compliment an outdoor living space.
There are a range of colours and styles to choose from including white, rustic, natural grey and many others. By using the same colour pebble you can keep it simple or mix the colours to create a more vibrant look.
There are also pebble paving sheets available which offer an attractive and easy D.I.Y alternative to concrete or asphalt pavements.