I need ideas on what we could do with our awful backyard?


We live in Spring Hill FL. Our backyard is nothing but sand and grass . There is way more sand than anything. What would you suggest to correct this.

q i need ideas on what we could do with our awful backyard
q i need ideas on what we could do with our awful backyard
q i need ideas on what we could do with our awful backyard
q i need ideas on what we could do with our awful backyard
  15 answers
  • Annie Annie on Mar 29, 2020

    You could have a path of pavers leading to a small seating area. Is that area shady all day?

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    • Annie Annie on Mar 29, 2020

      That would be too bad if you lost the shade, wouldn't it? Are the trees that close to the fence? I just wonder if you could cut back the branches coming over your side.

      Would that help the fence?

  • Annie Annie on Mar 29, 2020

    If it's private enough, you could even have a small food garden there, with lettuces and things that would rather be in some shade.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 29, 2020

    Maybe a raised bed garden on one or both sides with a path in between? You could put good soil in the beds.

  • Cathie Petrasek Cathie Petrasek on Mar 29, 2020

    Go to the book store, get a drink, pull one of every Gardening magazine on the rack. Sip your drink, flip the pages, when you see something that speaks to you take a picture of it. Drive or walk around a very nice area take pictures of what speeds to you. Go home look at each picture pull out the things that really stand out to you plan the area you are not happy with keeping those things in mind. Check out thrift stores for garden things, yard sales, estate sales are good also as are the habitat for humanity stores. Yup this takes a while, but so worth it.

  • Gk Gk on Mar 29, 2020

    You could make a freestanding wooden deck platform and decorate from there! I would close in the entire area with a better looking new fence too! You could do a lot with this space if you are creative! A few chairs and tables, some fence décor, plants! It could look gorgeous!

  • Cindy Cindy on Mar 29, 2020

    You have the perfect opportunity to plant a vegetable garden. Any vegetables that you plant should do very well because sand retains water. You would need to till the area before planting. You can use a rototiller or even a pitch fork to loosen up the soil. Once planted, you would need to water it every few days. Without sand you would need to water it every other day.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Mar 30, 2020

    I would create a nice sitting area with some umbrellas and comfortable chairs

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Mar 30, 2020

    I would create a little relaxing space with some chairs and a table. I would also add some plants

  • Hi Travis - I agree to create a beautiful outdoor space for relaxing. With all of that sand, you can also carve out a strawberry patch! They love sand and sun! Good luck! Hugs, holly

  • I would but down rocks and gravel and add raised beds for flowers and shrubs

  • Gloria Gloria on Mar 30, 2020

    Travis - Hi, we live in Weeki Wachee and we're always outside! How about paint/stain the fence. Shrubs (Japanese Boxwoods) along the border. If you do the fence/ shrubs 1st, you will make the area smaller and go from there. It won't seem so overwheming. Make 'islands' with borders and fill with mulch or rock. Try to use native plants and THEN grass (sod) around islands. We've done this in several problem areas with attractive success!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Mar 31, 2020

    Plant some grass get a patio set and some planters to dress it up maybe a fire pit you could even add some patio blocks to we’re the table will go

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 02, 2020

    Hi there,

    My first job would be to change the chain link fencing and give the garden a cohesive look. If not possible then I would grow climbing plants up it, and add a trellis to the area at the far left. I would then add a feature plant to the rear fence.

    Then strip off all the grass and lay artificial grass at the top end with a feature in centre and a Patio area to the front to chill. Best wishes.

  • Penny Nicholson Penny Nicholson on Apr 02, 2020

    Firstly I would paint the wooden fence with wood preserve. Making it look more presentable. The open fence I would remove and carry on the wooden fence making your boundary private.

    I would make a

    garden at the end and grass the rest. You want to keep maintenance down.

    I would plant a

    garden that would give a good show that looks after its self.