Backyards are the best place to entertain a family or party of friends when the weather is nice. This is particularly true if the landscaping and decorations are inviting and well organized. A well, laid out and decorated backyard can seem bigger and more inviting than one that is relatively barren, although trees, grass and bushes can have their drawbacks.
By placing trees near the edges of property, you can disguise the fence lines, and make the yard appear as though it goes further than it does. Grass requires a significant amount of work, especially when compared to other ground covers. Bark chips and gravel are generally much easier to care for, and also are much cheaper to maintain. Lawns tend to use a lot of water, and are actually the most water-intensive need Americans have, on average. That is, more water is used for grass in the United States than anything else. Of course, this average is skewed a bit by golf courses and other large tracts of non-wild grass, but many homeowners wish to be water-conscious in their backyard designs.
One way to make grass drought-friendly is to keep it contained in strategic locations. Instead of a huge meadow that fills the entire yard, consider gravel or desert landscaping for most of the yard, and smaller patches of grass. A smaller patch of grass is not only easier to maintain but also will use far less water. If placed correctly, it will not seem much smaller than a fence-to-fence lawn.
Another way to spruce up a backyard and make it more inviting and enjoyable to relax in is to add a focal point such as a fire pit. Even a simple wood-burning pit can be a cozy place for party-goers to relax, but has a few drawbacks. One down side of a wood burning pit is the wood. Firewood must be purchased or harvested from a forest, and then split and stored before burning. It can be messy, and tending the fire can be annoying. Furthermore, wood fires can be smoky, especially if using wood harvested from a forest (which can be a little damp or dirty, both of which create smoke).
A cleaner, easier option for a fire pit is a gas burning fire table. Gas might sound sterile or uninviting at first, but a gas fire table, such as what is available at All Backyard Fun, will have fire proof glass beads that dissipate the gas between the burner and the open air. Because the gas emerges from the bowl of beads much more randomly than the controlled, steady flame from a propane burner, it creates that flickering effect so cherished by those who enjoy a wood burning fire. But, because the fire pit is gas powered, there is zero hassle and very little smoke. It’s the perfect addition to any backyard.