Summer is here and with this season comes the gorgeous summer weather we all know and love.

One of the best parts of the season is getting outside and enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures.

However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy your own mini getaway. You can create one in your own backyard.

As your trusty companion, I’ll show you how to take the “expense” out of this type of project by showing you some easy ways to accomplish a relaxing getaway without breaking your budget.

Use plants to create privacy

Do you have a small yard that is right up against the neighbor’s yard? Or, do you have an open yard where privacy can be hard to find?

If either is the case, you can easily section off a small portion of your yard with tall growing plants or shrubs. This will give you a natural wall and shield your new getaway spot.

You can use potted plants or go through the process of planting them in the ground if you prefer.

Use containers to add interest

In your¬†outdoor getaway, you don’t want everything to look the same.

Containers are a great way to add interest and texture to your space. They come in a variety of colors and shapes and you can rearrange them when the mood strikes you.

You can also plant brightly colored flowers or plants in the containers to give your space more interest and pop.

Manicure your yard

A little landscaping and a freshly mowed lawn can do wonders for helping you relax and enjoy the summer weather.

Using a cordless lawn mower can help you save money and keep your lawn looking good. With an electric mower, you won’t have to worry about spending money on gas when you use one. You’ll also be able to do your entire yard without worrying about it getting too heavy to move.

If you’re currently using a gas-powered mower, now may be the best time to switch to an electric one. Not only are they affordable, but they cost a fraction to maintain in the long run. Here is¬†the best cordless electric lawn mower you can buy along with its four top competitors.

Add a small water feature

Few things are as calming or as mesmerizing as a water feature.

You can build your own or buy a small one for under $100.

You’ll be able to enjoy the sound of running water any time you want, and some are even small enough to move around your space.

If you’re short on space, look for a vertical water feature. This will save you space and add height to your area.

Hang string lights

Sometimes, you want to enjoy your backyard after dark, and a few strings of lights allow you to do this.

These lights are a simple way to add a whimsical touch to your space.

Strands of lights also don’t cost a lot to run for a few hours each night. You can run them around the outside of your new space or string them around your seating fixtures.

The possibilities are virtually endless.

Take the stress out of watering

Keeping your lawn and garden watered can be stressful and time-consuming but it’s essential to have a beautiful outdoor getaway.

Installing a WiFi sprinkler controller is a fast and easy way to handle this summertime chore quickly and easily. You can set it to water for a specific time and rest assured that your lawn will look lush and gorgeous all summer long.

One really nice feature of the best WiFi sprinkler controller is that it also monitors your local weather patterns. If rain is in the forecast, the unit will power down and not water your lawn.

For many people, that feature alone is essential to have and what makes them a much better investment than your standard sprinkler controller without smart WiFi controls.

Open the space with mirrors

If your yard or garden space is small, you can create an illusion of a more open area with mirrors.

All you have to do is strategically place them around the perimeter of your chosen space and let the mirrors do the rest.

Mirrors will reflect the light and the surrounding environment. This can trick your mind into thinking that your space is larger than it actually is.

Set the mood with a fire pit

Those warm summer nights are perfect for enjoying with friends and family. Few things bring them together like having a good time around a fire pit.

You can buy a small portable fire pit for under $30, or you can dig your own in the backyard for free. Just line it with larger rocks, and you’re ready to go.

If necessary, make sure you check with your local city or town board and see if you need any permits before installing a fire pit in your yard.

Refurbish old furniture

You’ll need seating in your yard or garden getaway. If you have old furniture sitting around you can refurbish it and use it.

You can repaint or stain it to give it a new look and place it around your area. You can improvise if you don’t have old furniture.

Outdoor pillows, upcycled pallets, and hammocks all make excellent seating options.

Bring aromatherapy in

Do you have a particular scent that you love the smell of? Does it instantly make you sit back in relax?

You can introduce aromatherapy to your space by planting herbs or sweet smelling flowers. You can also use essential oils to relax and take your stress levels away.

Invite nature into your space

Planting butterfly bushes or coral bells can attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and birds into your space.

They also smell fantastic and are very pretty to look at.

You’ll be able to sit in your yard and surround yourself with nature. Columbine, sage, summer lilac, aster, and bee balm are also excellent choices. They’ll add varying heights to the yard or garden as well.

I hope you enjoyed these simple tips to help turn your boring backyard into a mini getaway. As you can see, they’re quick and easy to do and you can enjoy the rewards right away. By following these steps you can stay home this summer and still enjoy a semi-vacation right in your own backyard.

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