8 Great Ways to Enjoy Your Landscaping

What better way to enjoy your landscaping than by spending time out in it? Here are a just a few ways you can enjoy your yard while the weather is nice.

1. Have a Picnic

Whether it’s sandwiches with the kids or a romantic meal for two, having a picnic in the backyard is a fun way to spend an afternoon. Pack everyone’s favorite snacks and drinks, then head outside. Lay out a blanket on the grass, set up your place settings, and have a feast!

a picnic lunch laid out on a blanket in the grass, with a hammock in the background

2. Go Stargazing

People have been looking up at the stars since humankind began, creating stories to explain the constellations and imagining life on other planets. If you’ve installed outdoor lighting, turn it off for a few hours. Even in the heart of Minneapolis you can see the brightest stars and constellations, and a little ways into the suburbs you can see even more. If you’re feeling really adventurous, set up a telescope and see which of the planets you can locate, or explore the moon’s surface.

3. Relax in a Hammock

This option is perfect whether you have a couple old trees near enough to one another to tie a hammock between, or if you have a hammock with a stand. Situate yourself in the shade with a good book and a glass of iced tea and enjoy your yard in all its beauty.

4. Tend the Gardens

Gardening can be a very relaxing activity. Indulge your green thumb by working in your garden beds, maybe pruning shrubs, deadheading flowers, or pulling weeds. Or, since it’s autumn now, you could plant next spring’s bulbs and start winterizing the garden. Time spent in the garden is never wasted, and your gardens—be they flower, vegetable, or shrubbery—will be the envy of the neighborhood.

5. Host a Party

Show off your landscaping by hosting a get-together for your friends or family. Choose a theme that fits your style—maybe an elegant, Downton Abbey–esque garden party, or perhaps a casual barbecue—and invite everyone over for food and drinks. This is a good time to utilize your new patio space or outdoor kitchen. Set up a few yard games for post-food activities, allowing your guests to enjoy all your landscaping has to offer.

a patio with wood-burning oven, grill, table, seating, and flower pots

6. Have a Bonfire

Put your fire pit to good use by gathering around the fire and making s’mores. Have a fun night at home with the kids, or invite some friends over. Fires are great for chilly autumn nights, even more so now that the bugs are (mostly) gone. It’s also a good way to get rid of the brush from your fall pruning! (For more ideas on how to enjoy your bonfire time, check out 9 Fun Things to Do Around a Fire Pit.)

7. Stage a Play

If you have a child who’s theatrically inclined, they could have a lot of fun with this one. Rig up some sheets as curtains on your pergola and use the patio as a stage. Invite your kids’ friends over and watch their imaginations run wild! Maybe they’ll reenact their favorite movie, or show off the latest dance moves. Maybe they’ll surprise you and come up with a story all their own.

8. Play Outdoor Movies

It’s easier than ever to set up a home theater system—yes, even outdoors. You can go low-budget and hang a white sheet on the side of your house, then use a projector to show a film and set up a couple of speakers for sound. For an additional cost, you could invest in a portable screen. Outdoor TVs are another option, and would negate the need for a projector. Some outdoor TVs have anti-glare coatings, which means you don’t have to wait until nightfall for your movie screening. (This guide has more great tips for setting up an outdoor movie theater.) Set up some comfy seating, gather the kiddos and some snacks, and enjoy a movie night in the comfort of your own backyard.

an outdoor screen showing a star wars movie, with people seated in lawn chairs in front of it.

Ready to revamp your yard into a place you enjoy spending time? Give us a call at 763-568-7251 or use our quick quote system to get in touch today.