8 Gorgeous Backyard Upgrades to Make Before Spring

Do you love spending time in your backyard? We bet you spend twice as much time there in the spring as you do during the rest of the year. And it makes perfect sense to do that, given the beautiful weather and the gorgeous greenery.

However, many backyards get neglected during the winter, so it makes sense to revamp the space right before spring to make the most of it!

Here are some backyard upgrades to do before spring.

Build A Pergola

If you don’t already have a pergola, you need one in your backyard. Pergolas are columned structures, and when they’re placed strategically in the corner of the backyard, they add depth and character to the space. They make your outdoor area look warmer, more cohesive, and more inviting.

Also, if you choose to have a covered roofing grid for your pergola, you’ll have a nice, shaded spot in the backyard where you can occasionally have your meals, and you can even entertain guests in this space!

Make sure to decorate your pergola with potted plants with vines intertwining the columns and beams of the structure.

A well-decorated pergola with fairy lights

Redo The Seating Style

Switching up a few things in the seating area is an easy way to make it all look new. Depending on what kind of seats you have, you can change some covers or paint furniture with brighter colors to give the seating area a fresh look.

You can also replace or add new elements like a hammock chair or a cinder block bench to create a more outdoorsy vibe or too simply add more seating space, especially if you plan on entertaining guests during the spring.

Add An Outdoor Fireplace or A Firepit

One thing you definitely want in your backyard is a fire element. There are two ways to go about this. You can choose to build an outdoor fireplace if you’ve got the right corner for it; it can help serve as a significant center point for your backyard.

Alternatively, a firepit can be built in the center of your seating area. Fire pits do require a little bit of space, but they can liven up the backyard. They come in a lot of use during evening parties or even on chilly nights when you want to spend quality time with your family, roasting marshmallows just sitting around the fire pit.

People sitting around a firepit in a backyard

Set Up an Outdoor Cooking Station

Spring is the perfect time for outdoor cookouts and barbeques, but you need the right set-up for it. We suggest building a fully equipped mini cooking station outdoors in your backyard. The exact size of your outdoor kitchen will, of course, depend on the exact square feet that are available.

However, it’s important to remember that a full-scale cooking area may be very convenient during parties, but it can also make a small backyard look very cramped. If you don’t have a lot of space, consider investing in a good-quality pellet grill. These are a great option since they’re easy to use, won’t take up too much space, and allow you to cook in a variety of ways.

Add Walkways, Retaining Walls, and Other Aesthetic Elements

Aesthetic walkways around a fountain in a large backyard

Spring can be enchanting; ideally, you’d want that dreaminess to transcend into your backyard through more than just colorful flowers and spring scents. We suggest adding some walkways, stone benches, bird baths, and retaining walls in the backyard. These will greatly enhance the overall aesthetics, making the space more charming.

The walkways, like benches, can be added from the patio to the seating area, cooking station, and other elements in the backyard. These will also help you avoid walking on the grass, keeping it healthier and visually refreshing.

Play With the Lighting

An easy backyard upgrade that you should look into is lighting. This is especially worthwhile if you use your backyard really often beyond the daylight hours. Lights can help to highlight the other elements in your backyard and are helpful if you’re entertaining guests or having a cookout during the late evening hours.

Consider multiple lighting accessories like spotlights, lanterns, fairy lights, and even flood lights if you need a well-lit backyard. The fairy lights can be intertwined with the tree branches and pergola columns, and you can place the lanterns along the walkways to create an enchanting backyard escape.

Install An Outdoor Playset

If you have kids or nieces and nephews that you often have over, a playset is worth investing in. They’re amazing backyard upgrades and can make your outdoor space fun for all!

If you are investing in an outdoor playset, make sure you choose one that works for your backyard size-wise. Also, ensure it’s safe and fun across age groups. The playset can be the perfect way to keep kids engaged during spring break and family barbeques when the adults want a bit of free time to themselves.  

Add A Backyard Pond

A backyard pond surrounded by greenery

One final backyard upgrade that’ll really help enhance your outdoor experience is a backyard pond. Ponds can be built in the corner of your backyard, where you can accessorize it with aesthetic rocks, pretty water lilies, beautiful fish, fountains, and some great lighting to tie it all together.

If you’re not sure if a backyard pond is best for you or if need other backyard upgrades before spring, read the articles posted on BackYard Alpha. As backyard enthusiasts, we have some amazing backyard pond ideas online, as well as some great outdoor barbeque grill suggestions—check it all out!