Your backyard should be a relaxing place where you can enjoy yourself and entertain, but for many people, backyards become a source of endless labor – especially when there’s grass involved. So why do many of us insist on lawns? The answer seems to be a habit. Just because the grass is the most common form of groundcover in US yards, though, doesn’t mean you have to take on the endless upkeep. Why not replace it with a simpler landscaping solution?

Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Ditch the grass and give your backyard a makeover with these three simple landscaping ideas. You can get more enjoyment out of your backyard if you aren’t trapped tending the lawn.

Map The Space

The first step to redesigning your yard is to understand the space you’re working with. Take some time to map out your yard, think about who will use the space, and consider different design options. Additionally, if you’re considering adding plants to your yard when you replace the grass, it’s important to learn what kind of soil your yard has and what types of plants the environment can support.

Prime Patio Space

One of the simplest alternatives to an all-grass backyard is a patio area. The patio’s all-stone surface requires minimal upkeep, but also allows you to choose between different concrete and paver options, makes room for furniture, and can even accommodate an outdoor kitchen or bonfire. Additionally, if you want to add some color to your yard, your patio can play host to a variety of potted plants or even a raised garden bed.

She Sheds And Studios

When planning your backyard layout, one thing to consider is what is missing from your home. If you live in a small space, for example, you may want to consider adding a shed to use as a studio or workspace – and don’t worry about feeling claustrophobic. Today’s sheds aren’t just locked aluminum boxes. There are many wooden and plastic sheds on the market, which have windows and can double as more functional spaces.

Go Green With A Garden

If you really enjoy having something growing in your backyard but can’t justify the work (and water waste) involved in growing grass, then you may be the perfect candidate for a backyard garden – and it can be as big or as small as you like. For example, if you have a side yard that’s just languishing next to your home, it might be a good place to put a small container garden. Or, if you have a larger space and enjoy growing your own food, you might consider a full vegetable garden. Pave the rows between plots with stones or cover it with mulch to minimize weeds and make it easier to navigate your new garden.

Grass may be the default when plotting backyard space, but you can break the mold. So whether you’re set on creating an elegant entertaining space or a lush, productive garden, go out and create your dream backyard. Your yard should encourage you to live more fully, not hold you back as you struggle to keep your lawn alive.

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