Are you frustrated with how your outdoor living space looks? It just doesn’t match the rest of your aesthetic, or it doesn’t have the right flow? Even on the perfect weather days, do you avoid the space as much as you can because you don’t like how it looks? You are not alone! As much as we pride in keeping our home, inside and out, looking beautiful sometimes, we miss the mark. The outdoor space may have been an afterthought, your tastes changed, your family might have grown, and more. There are so many reasons why your outdoor living space doesn’t work anymore, and that’s okay. This blog is going to help you figure out what you’re looking for and how to come up with an idea of what to do to take back your yard.

What do you use the space for now?

Even if it’s not something you love, do you currently use the space for something? It could be entertainment, having a garden, playtime with the family, yoga, a place to do a hobby like reading or painting, etc. Figuring out what you still enjoy doing in the outdoor space will help you figure out what you want for the final result.

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Not sure where to start?

Once you’ve figured out why you still use the space, it’s time to research how you want to utilize it in the new design. Go to Pinterest, HGTV, our gallery, or even a quick Google search of landscapes and hardscapes you might like. Think of your outdoor space as an extension or another room of your home to help get the right mindset of how to utilize the space.

Planting for lifestyle or visual appeal?

fire pit with wicker furniture

There are several benefits to having a landscape full of flowers. They look lovely, smell great, help attract or deter certain insects or animals (like if you want a pollinator garden to help out the bees), and more. The landscape will need regular maintenance. Things can be installed to help keep weeds at bay, regularly water the plants, and more, but you must consider what you need to do to look after the plants.

Why should I worry about it?

The whole point of the upgrade is to make sure you LOVE your outdoor living space. You can have a huge sprawling garden with a small patio for entertainment, or you have mostly patio and grass with a small garden that you can keep up with even with a busy schedule. Each landscape and hardscape is customizable to you, your family, your home, and your needs. You’d be amazed how often you’ll be outside when you love the spot. It’s not just for the spring and summer, either. There are plenty of ways to enjoy a crisp fall or winter night. It’s time to take back your yard and outdoor living space!