A plain, empty corner of your back yard can be transformed into an attractive feature with a little planning. A corner area can blend in with the rest of the yard, or you can create a separate space for playing, entertaining or contemplating. And if you enjoy gardening, a corner can be a perfect spot for a potting bench.
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Entertain in your backyard corner with a small seating area or patio. For a basic set-up, lay a base of gravel or wood chips and install a bench or two and a small outdoor table. For a more elaborate seating area, lay slate pieces or concrete pavers to create a round, square or rectangular patio. Add some natural appeal by planing a shade tree for hot summer days or erecting a garden bower with climbing, flowering vines, such as jasmine, to give the area a secluded feel.
Kids love to hide, so make them happy and ensure you can always find them when they "run away" by erecting a fort in your backyard corner. Build a plain box-shaped structure of wooden boards, with a hole for a window and a doorway for the kids to climb in and out of. Landscape around the box with hedges to make it feel like a hidden refuge while helping it exist more harmoniously with the rest of your yard.
A corner can become a focal point by building a waterfall or pond there and surrounding it with trees and shrubs. Electricity is needed to run the pump, so you'll have to safely extend power to the site. For a water feature without power, just add a beautiful bird bath with bird-friendly trees and shrubs planted around it.
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If your neighbours aren't too noisy, your backyard corner can be transformed into a miniature meditation garden. Use screens or stacked-block walls to separate it from the rest of your yard. Add a simple bench and surround it with an arrangement of objects that help you focus and meditate. Bonsai and small feature trees, icons and statues, rock gardens and water features can create a peaceful, meditative environment.
Turn your backyard corner into a potting station for all your gardening needs. Install a potting bench with an upper work shelf and a storage area beneath. You can buy a potting bench, build one or simply create one using a picnic table with a platform on bricks beneath it to hold supplies. Get a hose long enough to reach to the potting station or install an outdoor faucet nearby for convenient watering. Include a trash bin for discarded plastic flats and a "green waste" receptacle for plant litter.
If you have a large back yard with flat terrain, the back corner can be ideal for a recreation area. Install a putting green, horseshoes court or permanent croquet course. If your sports tastes are more extreme and you have the space, install a small outdoor climbing wall. For a backyard corner adjoining your driveway, install a miniature skate park or a basketball hoop.
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