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A backyard can be a great location for a relaxing evening, a party with friends, or a dip in the pool; backyard leisure can be accomplished with very little effort, but to make the experience even better, some planning and basic renovations can improve the space and make it even more enjoyable. A homeowner or renter may want to consider what types of backyard leisure are important to him or her; this will generally dictate how the yard should be altered, if at all.
The layout of the backyard will often dictate what activities will be possible or appropriate for backyard leisure. A yard with a patio or deck, for example, can be a versatile space because parties or meals can be enjoyed there. Adding a gazebo to the patio space will add shade, not to mention a visual appeal that can improve the overall look of the yard. If a gazebo is not in the homeowner or renter's price range, a fabric canopy or pop-up shelter can be erected over the patio space to provide shade and protection from rain or other elements. This will ensure enjoyable backyard leisure time in all conditions.
With a bigger budget, it is possible to enhance a yard for backyard leisure significantly. Adding a hot tub, for example, provides family and friends with an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing spa experience at any time of day or night, even in winter months. Hot tubs can be expensive to purchase and operate, however, so it is important to think carefully about this investment before spending a significant amount of money. Accessories that work with the hot tub may also be necessary. Steps for entering and exiting the tub, for example, as well as a durable cover for the tub, are wise purchases.
Simpler backyard leisure activities can be done with little or no investment at all. Backyard games like bocce or horseshoes are fun activities that require little investment as well as little space. A horseshoe pit can be set up even in smaller yards, though bocce will take a bit more space.
Lights are important accessories for the backyard as well. Citronella candles can be inserted into the soil of the yard, not only to cast light, but also to keep mosquitoes at bay. Solar-powered lights can also be purchased and inserted along pathways or the perimeter of the yard to illuminate the yard for nighttime activities.
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