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    25 Simple Ways To Upgrade Your Backyard Before Summer Ends

    Make the most of that late-summer stretch with these upgrades that'll have you wishing for more daylight.

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    1. Cover up a hard surface that, tbh, is beyond visual help with interlocking Teak tiles 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!

    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.

    2. 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.

    backyard with hammock and umbrella and container plants in it

    Check out this full ~stunning~ backyard makeover. (Seriously, the "before" images are gonna make your jaw DROP.) And check out more amazing before and afters on Sweeten.

    You can get a variety of similar terra cotta pots from Amazon or The Home Depot.

    3. 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.

    large plant container pots with gray gradient pattern on them

    Get them from Amazon for $37.99 (available in four styles).

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

    slotted wood walkway beside a bed of hydrangeas

    Get an 8-foot path from Amazon for $64.90.

    5. 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.,

    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 $319+ (available in two sizes). Also check out a similar shed in several sizes to find the right one to fit your space and needs.

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

    the can of paint

    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 $32.98 a gallon.

    7. 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!)

    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 $145.94.

    8. 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.,

    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 $71.99 (available in five color combos).

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

    the set in teak/dark teel in the backyard

    The four-piece set include two club chairs, a loveseat, and one coffee table.

    Get it from Target for $609.99+ (available in two colors).

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

    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 $49.99.

    11. 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).

    three panel wood privacy screen with planters for flowers at the bottom

    Get it from Amazon for $288.60.

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

    reviewer in chaise lounge chair suspended off the ground with an umbrella for shade

    Promising review: "The only problem I have with this chair is: I only have one of them and the whole family now fights over it! Seriously, it is THAT comfortable and relaxing. Pretty easy to put together, my husband got it all assembled in less than an hour and then proceeded to open up a beer and fall asleep in it next to the pool, HA! I like to take my laptop out with me and work in it as the moveable umbrella shades my screen. Love love LOVE it!!" —Erin S

    Get it from Amazon for $219.99+ (available in six colors).

    13. 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.

    light up pink and purple faux flowers

    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 $21.99 (available in two colors).

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


    Lots of reviewers actually bought this to use as a Christmas tree!

    Promising review: "The palm tree was a perfect addition to our backyard patio! We like it very much. Everything about it works great." —James Poppe

    Get it from Amazon for $75.99+ (available in two heights).

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

    double hammock strung up between two trees in a yard

    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 those 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 $69.99+ (available in 11 colors).

    16. 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!

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

    17. And park a cute s'mores station nearby so no one has to hunt down the marshmallows when it's time for the best dessert on the planet.

    tray with compartments for different s'mores ingredients
    PalletsandPaintbyJN / Etsy

    PalletsandPaintbyJN is an Oklahoma City-based Etsy shop that specializes in wood signs and decorations.

    Get it from PalletsandPaintbyJN on Etsy for $80.

    18. 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.

    small brontosaurus shaped yard decorations in front of a bush
    Uncommon Goods

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $80+ each (available in two sizes). Also check out some similar velociraptor garden sculptures.

    19. 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 $8.09 and gate latch for $7.96+ (available in two finishes)

    20. 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.

    row of colorful plant pots with hooks that rang on a railing

    Get 10 from Amazon for $20.99.

    21. 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!

    rectangular vertical PVC white garden trellis in a garden bed with vines trained up it

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

    Promising review: "⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Easy assembly, lightweight yet sturdy, used outside on a freshly made patio! Added ivy and solar lights along with solar fireflies! The stakes for these are super strong and easy to put into the ground. This set up with a turtle fountain, solar accent lighting, some plants, a chiminae, and the fencing for covering the garbage bins has the neighbors stopping by with envy!" —Dena

    Get it from Wayfair for $66.99+ (available in two colors).

    22. Or really create an outdoor room within your backyard thanks to a dome trellis you can train plants onto for a straight-up magical effect.

    Sunrise Domes / Etsy

    Sunrise Domes is a South Killingly, Connecticut-based biz that specializes in geodesic domes. Reviewers also use these structures from this Etsy shop as sculptures or even to contain their yard turkeys!

    Get it from Sunrise Domes on Etsy for $1,150.

    23. 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.

    giant wooden die and scoreboards in a yard

    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 $31.93.

    24. 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.,

    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 $28.99+ (available in two sizes).

    25. Keeping a set of colorful stacking chairs will make sure that everyone has a spot to sit when they stop by!

    outdoor round table with simple yellow chairs around it

    Promising review: "In love with my new chairs. Strong enough for outdoor." —Alene

    Get four chairs from Novogratz on Amazon for $189.99+ (available in four colors and two styles).

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