8 Simple Ideas to Make Your Backyard a Place You’ll Love


Whether you’re planning to spend the summer enjoying peace and quiet or entertaining guests after a year apart, there’s never been a better time to show your backyard a little TLC. At Rob Rice Homes, we intentionally build on lots that are pre-selected to accommodate beautiful landscaping and to give homeowners the opportunity to create a little backyard oasis. Follow these handy tips to make your backyard a place you’ll love this summer.

  1. Add An Outdoor Rug

While al fresco furnishings can be tricky in the often-soggy Pacific Northwest, an outdoor rug can provide a homey touch without much hassle. Whether you use it under patio furniture or as a picnic blanket on the lawn, an outdoor rug made of recycled plastic or polypropylene is an attractive, resilient and functional piece that will make your backyard feel a little cozier.

Elevate your space with one of these chic and practical options:

  1. Banish The Bugs

Candles provide an easy and attractive way to repel bugs outdoors.

Here in Thurston County, we don’t have nearly the same issues with bugs as other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean gnats, mosquitos and flies aren’t a nuisance. Citronella candles around the perimeter of your seating area can help keep pests away from your food, fire or friends, while providing a warm glow and nostalgic aroma.

Try one of these locally made candles:

  1. Try A Perimeter Of Plants

Potted plants situated on stands, hanging from trees or posted along the perimeter of your backyard can create a natural privacy screen and make your yard feel even more like your own personal retreat. Hanging baskets and grow bags can add visual interest to your fence, while also serving as a fun seasonal project.

Thurston County vendors who can help:

  1. Update Your Light Fixtures

Whether updating your home’s backyard flood lights, installing path lighting or adding a hanging light over the back door, refreshing your light fixtures can transform your outdoor space. Consider adding stake spotlights or a string of bulbs to your garden to add a magical atmosphere to those gorgeous summer sunsets.

A few illuminating ideas:

Or, if you’d prefer to professionally design and update your home’s outdoor lighting, you can get a free consultation from our partners at Olympia Lighting Center.

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    Raised garden beds are easy to build or assemble and add a natural element to any yard.

    Build Or Buy Raised Garden Beds

Raised garden beds are a great way to provide your plants with the precise conditions they need to thrive. Whether you choose to buy or build yours, a raised garden bed is both an attractive addition to a yard and a fun summer hobby.

Thurston County vendors who carry raised beds or supplies:

  1. Light Up The Night With A Fire Pit

Treat your family to backyard s’mores or make a chilly night more enjoyable with a fire pit at home! Because Thurston County has strict rules about what constitutes a legal recreational fire, it’s important to keep your pit small and tidy. Portable above-ground fire pits fall under that description and can make even the smallest yard feel just a bit bigger.

We love these cute and easy-to-use models:

  1. Add Some Furniture

You don’t need a huge backyard to enjoy the benefits of outdoor furniture. As we said before, it’s important to keep local weather in mind when making your choice. Removable cushions and weather-resistant materials can help extend the lifespan of your outdoor furniture and keep it looking fresh for years to come.

Try these Pacific Northwest weather-friendly options:

  1. Invest In A Lawn Game

With bars and restaurants moving outside over the past year, Americans have rediscovered their love of backyard games, including corn hole, ladder toss and giant versions of tabletop games like Jenga and Yahtzee.

These games are ready-made fun:

Looking For A New Backyard?

Would the grass look greener in a new home? We’d love to help you find the Rob Rice Home of your dreams. Our luxury homes here in Thurston County are in short supply, but our pre-sale list allows interested parties a first-priority chance to know when homes become available. Connect with us to learn more.