Backyard Garden Ideas

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A person’s backyard is a place that you have created to benefit you in many different ways. A backyard can be set up to have many different uses. It can be a way to relax and rest after a hard days work or a place to show your kids how to throw a ball. It can also be a place to entertain guests and cook food. There are many backyard garden ideas that can add a beauty and usefulness to your property.

Backyard Built-in Barbecues

Some type of barbecue in your backyard seems almost essential these days. The idea of cooking meat over an open fire has been in the human culture for hundreds of thousands of years and it is ingrained in our DNA.

A built-in backyard barbecue offers an excellent means to produce high quality, good tasting meals for your family and guests. Whether you like to cook with charcoal briquettes and wood chips or like using the easier version of a propane grill or even a smoker there are many different types of barbecue set-ups to choose from.

One of the great thing about cooking outside is the avoidance of excess heat build up in the home and especially the kitchen in the summer. This will also lead to a lower energy bill. Another benefit is fewer kitchen utensils, like pots and pans used, so less clean up.

Built-in barbecues can come in any configuration you can think of. The barbecue grill, either charcoal or gas, is going to be the center point of your backyard grill setup. Along with that you could add a refrigerator, a smoker, a stove top, a sink and built-in cupboards and drawers and seats. All surrounded by brick or stone and topped with a beautiful counter top. All of your choosing.

If you are a well-rounded handyman you could try making one on your own. If not a built-in backyard barbecue should be left to a professional.

A well-made built-in barbecue enhances the beauty of your backyard and will definitely add to the value of your home and in essence pays for itself.

Anybody who loves cooking and entertaining will be able to see that a built-in backyard barbecue is something to look into.

Small backyard ponds with waterfalls

A small pond has a certain way of adding peace and tranquility to the backyard that is hard to match. The sounds of running water, the vegetation, birds, fish and lighting can all come together to help melt the stress away after a hard days work.

A backyard pond should be located where it is visible from all spots in the yard and also where it can be easily accessed and maintained. The sun is a factor as well. It should be placed where there is plenty of sun for the plants however in southern states where it can get very hot some shade should be considered.

Your backyard pond should be on level, well draining ground with consideration for the electrical wiring that has to be ran for the water pump. A close by water faucet is a good idea because the pond will have to be leveled off periodically due to evaporation.

Once you have picked out a spot making your own backyard pond the next step is to do some digging and removal of any rocks. 2 to 3 inches of Sand, insulation or newspaper is used as an underlayment to help fill in gaps and to provide support.

Caution: Before digging call 811 to check for underground utilities.

This can be a fun project that can be tackled by a homeowner with the time and know-how to build one and there are a variety of different plans on line to choose from. Or it can be left to a professional. Either way a backyard pond adds beauty and value to any ones property.


Gazebos are another great place to sit and relax in your backyard. Gazebos can be as simple or as complex a design as you want them to be. They are mostly octagon in shape but other unique designs are also considered a gazebo. They normally have a roof and open sides and can be any size you want it to be. Gazebos provide shelter and shade and gives you the opportunity to sit outside and enjoy your backyard.

It could be designed to hold a built-in barbecue, a place to exercise outdoors, used to cover a Jacuzzi or a place to entertain guests.

This is another project that can be done by the homeowner or by someone who builds gazebos for a living.


A pergola is a freestanding structure that at the very least consists of vertical posts and cross beams. The origin of the word is Latin and it means “projecting eave.”

At its basic design it can be used as an archway for an entrance to an area. Another use is as a shaded walkway for a long path, usually leading from one building to another. But mostly in a residential application it is used as a sitting area, a place to barbecue and entertain or for a Jacuzzi.

Pergolas can be made of wood, fiberglass, aluminum or PVC. They usually have lattice work on top for shade and wooded vines growing on the legs for beauty.

The backyard a persons property is as much a part of their castle as their home is. These four thing I have listed are just a fraction of what someone can add to their backyard to add joy, fun and value. With a little imagination and some ingenuity there are many, many backyard garden ideas which can bring many years of enjoyment to anybodies life.

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  1. I am in between on whether I want to go with a gazebo or pergola in my backyard. I love in Florida so it would either have to be really structurally sound of easy to disassemble and reassemble to deal with hurricane season. Are any of these options either strong or somewhat portable?

    1. Both gazebos and pergolas can be permanent structures that are attached to the ground or temporary structures that can be taken down and moved.

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