Your backyard can start to look pretty sad if you neglect it even for a short while. But you don't always have time to be out in the garden. You might also have ended up with a neglected yard through other means, such as buying a house that hasn't been looked after. It might look pretty drab, but there are always things you can do to rescue a yard that has seen better days. One option is to tear everything out and start again, but you don't necessarily need to raze your backyard completely if you want to bring it back to life.
Brighten Up Your Grass
A neglected lawn is one of the most immediately obvious signs of a yard that hasn't been cared for. The grass can quickly start to look brown and withered. You might even find that there isn't much grass left. If your lawn just needs a bit of a list, you can look at lawn treatments to help bring it back to life. It might be smart to reseed your lawn too, especially if there are some patchy bits that need to be filled in. If your lawn is looking particularly bad, it could be smarter to start all over again.
Cut Back Overgrowth
An overgrown yard can look pretty shocking. It can easily take over your outdoor space, and you can end up with a lot of weeds and even pests making their homes there. If you want to keep some of the plants and trees you have, cutting back the overgrowth may be all that you need to do. Of course, it can be a lot of work to get it to a point that you're happy with. You might also want to completely pull up some plants, particularly weeds but also anything that you no longer want to keep.
Power Wash Your Paving
Any paving, such as patios or paths, can look really dirty if it hasn't been cared for. The quickest way to clean it is often to use power washing or pressure washing to give it a quick blast. You can wash away the dirt and stains to reveal a cleaner surface underneath. After cleaning, you can make any repairs if there is damage to the paving. Sealing it will then help to protect it in the future, keeping it clean and preventing weeds from growing too.
Replant to Fill In Bare Patches
If cutting back your backyard plants has left you with any gaps, you can replant to fill in bare patches. Think about what you want to plant and how much work you're willing to put in to keep everything alive. You might want to plant trees or bushes that will be there for years or perhaps you're happy to have some flowers that won't last as long. Plan your planting so you can plant at the right time and give everything a fighting chance to grow.
Your yard might have seen better days, but you can still rescue it if you come up with a working plan.