Most families spend a lot of time outdoors cooking, eating, playing and chilling. For them, their yards are an extension of their home. Almost, like another room, so they look after them well.
But, some yards are tired, dilapidated spaces that are not very inviting. Often, they stay that way because fixing them up looks like it will be a time consuming and expensive job. So, even people who would like to fix up their yard believe they do not have the resources available to do it. Fortunately, you only need to spend a couple of hours every week for a month or two working in your backyard to be able to transform it.
Decorate your yard in minutes instead of hours
For example, you could order half a dozen custom signs from mydoorsign.com and put them all up in under half an hour. You can have anything you want printed onto a sign. They are lightweight enough to be hung on ugly fences to quickly make them look better.
If you can find big enough ones you can use cable ties to attach them to a wire fence to make your yard more private. But, if you are going to do this be mindful of the effects that the wind can have. If you are not careful the sign can act as a giant sail in high winds, which could pull the fence down. So, use a very fine drill bit to drill plenty of holes in each sign. Provided it is fine enough the design will still look good. This gardening article explains how to windproof most types of fence.
Use outdoor lights
Outdoor fairy lights look great. They will make your yard a far more inviting place, at night. It will only take you half an hour to string a set up. They are very versatile. You can simply hang them along your fence or wrap them around a tree. Later, when you have more time, you can get more creative with them.
You could also use some strip LEDs, again, very quick and easy to install. Solar lights are good. They can look particularly nice if you place them so that they cast their light over one of your larger plants.
Buy some plants in pots
Buying plants in pots is by far the easiest way to add some living color to your garden. Once they have been delivered and positioned where you want them, all you need to do is water them. Later, you can spend a couple of hours connecting them up to an automatic watering system.
Buy some seating and a table
If there is nowhere comfortable to sit, the chances of your actually using your yard are pretty low. So, buy some form of seating and a table. It does not have to be new. Initially, anything will do. When you have more time, you can easily paint or spray them.
The above suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of ways to quickly make a big difference to how welcoming a place your yard is. You can find further inspiration from TV shows, the internet, nurseries, parks and the gardens you pass on your daily journeys.