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The backyard is a truly special place—at least it should be. When we think of the ideal backyard, we think of a happy and busy place that’s filled with family and friends enjoying a well-optimized outdoor space.

That said, for several reasons, many homeowners aren’t able to enjoy their space as they should. With that in mind, here are five great ways to get the use out of your backyard that you deserve.


If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times. An unkempt lawn sticks out like a sore thumb and isn’t exactly inviting. If you’ve got weeds popping out left and right and grass up to your knees, chances are you now hang out in your friend’s backyard for a reason.

You can easily find all you need to know about keeping your lawn well-maintained online. Keep an eye out for brown patches, dead grass, weeds and dandelions and take care of them as soon and as often as possible.


Picture this: It’s a beautiful summer’s day. You come home from work, eager to cut the grass and get the barbecue going. You make it around to your backyard gate, the worst part of cutting the grass because the hinges are rusty and the latch sticks. Don’t let a simple gate upgrade be the thing you procrastinate on because it makes going in and out of your backyard more enjoyable. Nuvo offers a variety of gate hardware options you can use on pre-existing gates so you can upgrade your gate and have it function like it’s supposed to.


If your backyard looks like a sporting goods store dumped half their inventory on your lawn, chances are you and the family aren’t getting much use out of it. Your backyard should be clean and organized—at least enough to navigate without consciously planning your every step.

Spend some time researching the best way to store your items and then clean up your backyard and neatly put your things into proper storage containers. You can also check out our blog where we go over some helpful tips for keeping your space as organized as possible.


If you don’t currently have a deck in your backyard, you’re missing out. A deck is the optimal spot for family and friend gatherings. It’s one of the best places for late-night storytelling and evening dinners with family. Even if a deck is low to the ground or smaller in size, it can transform your space by creating these separate areas. Check out some of these great ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Just be sure to check local building codes and regulations before you begin building.


Your outdoor space may be the most spacious piece of land on Earth, but if there isn’t enough seating, friends and family won’t spend time out there. Luckily, this is an easy fix.

Determine the focal point of your space and decide what kind of seating you’d like there. If you have a fire pit in the middle of your backyard, it’s probably a good idea to pick up some Muskoka chairs and throw away those decade-old plastic chairs. If you recently installed a deck, pick up a table and some dinner chairs. Just make sure, whatever you decide, that it doesn’t clash with the rest of your backyard.

If you’re looking for ideas, check out Pinterest for different ways to make seating in your space a non-issue.