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How to Use Your Big Backyard Space

Having a large backyard is a great luxury. There are so many things you can do with it. Here are nine ways that you can use your backyard to make it a more useful and fun place to spend your time.

Grow a Garden

A garden may not seem exciting to some, but it can actually be a lot of fun. It is a great way to teach children the value of hard work and effort.  There is a lot of hard work that goes into preparing a garden, but the flowers and vegetables won’t appear right away. This can help children to understand that sometimes in life they won’t see results immediately, but that doesn’t mean that the work has gone to waste. Through constant effort, they can literally enjoy the fruits of their labor. The added food will be a great supplement to your kitchen table. You’ll have a much easier time eating the delicious garden fresh vegetables than the bland week old ones at the supermarket.

Plant a Tree

If your backyard is looking a little plain, you can mix things up by planting some trees. Kids love trees. They are great for climbing and playing games. When the sun is really hot, trees provide much needed shade. According to The Conservation Volunteers, if you choose to plant a tree, you should carefully consider the type of tree. Some trees send out large root systems. You do not want to plant these near your house or fence. If you plan to stay in your home for many years, you can plant an apple or lemon tree. Keep in mind that you’ll need to pick up the fruit quickly as it falls. If you don’t, it will start to mold and attract flies and other insects.

Build a Treehouse

If you already have large trees, you can make your children’s dreams come true by building a treehouse. Children long to have a place that they can make their own. That’s why they are always trying to form clubs and make a clubhouse. This allows them to play pretend and go on all sorts of adventures.

If you build a treehouse, make sure that you keep things safe. Windows should be short enough that children can look out, but high enough that they can’t fall out. According to The Treehouse Guide, you need to have a safe way for them to climb in and out of the treehouse. Solid ladders are much safer than rope ladders. Make sure that the ground underneath is soft in case there are accidents.

Raise Chickens

To further supplement your food supply, you could always choose to raise chickens. This is another great way to teach your children the value of work. You could put them in charge of feeding and cleaning up after the chickens. As they lay eggs, your children could sell the extra ones to your neighbors. This would allow them to learn about money and running a small business. Just be sure to feed the chickens a nutritious diet. According to The Mobile Chicken House, raising healthy chickens means having eggs richer in nutrients than factory farmed chickens.

Build a Patio

You need a place in your backyard that’s built for relaxation. A patio is the perfect place. You can put out deck chairs, hammocks, and picnic tables. Patios can get very hot in the summer sun, so they will be more enjoyable to use later in the day. If you want to use them at midday, you should also build something to provide you with shade. You could even build an outdoor kitchen. This would allow you to host a barbeque with your friends and extended family. But don’t wait for a special occasion to eat outside. You should regularly eat with your family in the fresh air.

Build a Playset

If you have small children, according to Backyard Boss, then a playset is a must. Children find endless joy in going down slides and swinging on swings. They might get a few bumps and bruises, but that is part of growing up. You can easily buy a playset anywhere. However, if you want something special, try building one yourself. You could have all sorts of fun features like a mini climbing wall or a small zipline. If you do choose to create your own, make sure that you learn about the safety standards. You don’t want something breaking on your child.

Install a Trampoline

If you want to give your kids some good exercise and hours of fun, a trampoline is the way to go. There is something exhilarating about bouncing up and down over and over again. You might be hesitant because of the dangers a trampoline can pose. However, there are several ways to mitigate this. Don’t allow multiple people to use the trampoline at once. Install a safety net. You could even install the trampoline into the ground.

Get a Pool

Make a splash in the neighborhood by installing a pool. There is no better way to cool off during the summer than putting on your bathing suit and going for a refreshing swim. You can keep things simple with a wading pool, or you can go grand with slides and a diving area. You could even have a zipline that ends in your pool. As always, keep in mind safety. To avoid tragedy, according to USA Pool Direct, you should have a pool cover so that no toddlers can fall in on accident.

Pickleball

Not many people have heard of pickleball. Fortunately, it’s easy to learn. Think of it as a smaller version of tennis played with a perforated plastic ball. The small nature of the court will make it easy to fit in your yard without taking up too much space. The perforated plastic ball has a high amount of drag. This means that it can’t move as fast as a tennis ball. This makes it an easier game to learn and fun for all.

These aren’t the only ideas out there. The possibilities are truly endless. Think back to when you were a child. What did you love having in your yard? Or was there something you always wish that you could have had? Why not have it now? Get those creative juices flowing and create the backyard of your dreams with one of these great ideas!

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