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Create a Back Yard That Your Family Will Love

Creating a back yard with relaxing activities and entertainment features will provide years of outdoor enjoyment for your family. You can create a relaxing atmosphere for the adults and an entertainment are for the kids with the right backyard projects.

Relaxing Atmosphere

You can create a relaxing atmosphere in your back yard with a few simple outdoor features. Whether you have an existing patio or deck or a back yard with limited space, creating relaxing atmosphere may be easier than you think.

Garden Swing – Relax in a beautiful garden swing that can be installed on your patio or in a quiet corner of the yard. Secure the swing with chains or nylon rope to your patio cover or a sturdy tree in your back yard, then enjoy your favorite book or a cool drink.

Outdoor Fountain – The soothing sounds of water instantly create a tranquil atmosphere. Choose a spot in your landscape where your outdoor fountain becomes a focal point for your back yard. Select a fountain style in materials and colors that compliment your home.

Outdoor Spa – A spa is a great backyard feature that the entire family can enjoy. Choose an area of the yard that’s free from overhanging trees and shrubs, so leaves and debris won’t fall into your spa. Purchase a good cover to protect your spa when it isn’t being used.

Fun Activities

If you have kids, create a fun play area in your back yard that your kids will love. With good planning, you can provide endless hours of activities and entertainment for the entire family. Choose a backyard location that’s easy to monitor, level with good drainage and sunny at least part of the day. Depending on the size of your yard, here are some ideas for fun activity projects:

* Putting Green
* Trampoline
* Tumble mats
* Sandbox with outdoor toys
* Lawn Games (horseshoes, bat mitten, lawn bowling, croquet)
* Shuffleboard or bocce ball court
* Lawn chess or checkerboard area
* Playhouse

You don’t need a large back yard to create a fun play area. Even a small area will provide enjoyment. Keep the play area free from hard surfaces like stone, brick or concrete that can cause injuries with a fall, especially to small children. Plan the play area in a backyard location that’s visible from the house, so you can keep an eye on the kids if you’re inside.

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