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5 budget-friendly backyard upgrades

Add a hammock to turn your backyard into a relaxing oasis.

Spring is almost here, which means warm patio weather is on its way! If you love the outdoors, you likely spend a lot of time in your backyard during spring and summer. Now's the time to give it a quick and inexpensive upgrade that will make you love relaxing on your patio that much more. Here are five ideas for budget-friendly patio and backyard upgrades you can accomplish in a day:

1. Add a trellis
Adding a trellis is a lovely way to make a style statement in your garden. Place a standing one over your garden path or attach sheets of latticed wood to the side of your house. Then, buy clematis vines or other climbing plants to give the trellis or wall a romantic "Secret Garden" vibe that you and your guests will love. 

2. Relax with a hammock
A patio hammock can turn your backyard into a relaxing oasis you love spending time in. Tuck the hammock into a corner of the patio, garden or yard, and surround it with potted plants and trees to make an isolated spot perfect for resting with a book or soaking in the spring weather.

3. Use a fire bowl
Fire bowls are a great way to make your outdoor space entertainment-ready for the warm months, and they don't have to break the budget. Install one in your yard or on your patio and surround it with outdoor seating. As the weather starts to clear up, invite guests over for backyard potlucks or outdoor game nights!

4. Use unique lights
Lights are a practical addition to any patio, but they can also add some flair to the area. Try stringing strands of colorful round bulbs across your patio cover or hanging a rustic chandelier above your outdoor dining set. Or, use vintage lanterns sporadically across your garden and patio to add picturesque charm to the entire yard. 

5. Accessorize
Even small changes, like adding patio planters, terra cotta pots, wrought iron artwork and other accessories, can quickly and frugally upgrade your patio's appearance. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to use your imagination and let some creativity out. Hang shadow boxes on your patio wall and display small flower pots and vintage bud vases in them. Group planters full of succulents in one corner of your patio for a cool desert-like vibe, and paint all of your flower pots to add vibrant colors to your deck. 

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