Repurpose under-used areas in the backyard

05 August 2016

Make the most of the backyard by transforming forgotten areas into useful spaces. Build a veggie garden in an unused corner, convert the soggy side of your home into a beautiful feature path or bring the family together by transforming a bland backyard with a lively fire pit.

There are many simple and quick fixes that any homeowner can implement to turn a forgotten backyard area into a space worth spending time in.

“It’s a waste to leave side gardens and backyard corners sitting gathering weeds – you paid good money for your land and there are clever ways to ensure you use all of it,” says Adbri Masonry brand ambassador and expert landscaper, Jason Hodges. “Areas in the backyard that are underutilised, eye sores or those that haven’t been maintained present the opportunity to create spaces that can be used for relaxing or entertaining with friends.”

Top tips on how to transform under used areas:

Side yard pathway

There is a shady side to every house. Typically these areas receive very
little sunlight and are prone to dampness. This inhibits grass from growing
and means the area can turn into a mud pit every time it rains. A feature
stepping stone path will not only inject aesthetic appeal but it will also
ensure muddy laundries are a thing of the past. This is a great project for
DIY’ers and I recommend using large format pavers to get the designer
look. For added ‘wow’ factor, lay the pavers offset in a stretcher bond
pattern and fill the voids with decorative stones or greenery.

Fire Pit

Backyard fire pits are a great way to bring family and friends together to
keep warm during the colder months. Once built, fire pits serve as an
immediate feature and gathering point for your entertaining evenings. For
year round functionality, use dry stack blocks like AB Courtyard which are
not glued together meaning they are mobile and can be easily constructed
and deconstructed as the season calls for. Or when the weather heats up,
fill your fire pit with soil and start a veggie garden. These projects are so

Herb and vegetable gardens

Outdoor spaces often have large walls or lengths of the boundary fence that are barren and in desperate need of revitalising. Raised garden beds in front of a fence or in the corner of a yard will create dimension and can be achieved using retaining wall blocks like Natural Impressions. Vertical gardens are also a great way to cover up large wall areas and living green walls are a trend that’s here to stay.


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Dallas Rayner

love this side path!