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7 Things You Can Buy Online For A Backyard Makeover

Updated on September 18, 2015

Backyard makeovers are a long-standing staple of the American summer. With family barbecues, pool parties, and warm weather, everyone is itching to get their backyard looking as nice as possible. Yet, when the kids are out of school and work is piling up, it’s not always the easiest thing to get your yard under control. Luckily, as people are getting busier and busier, specialty shops and wholesale retailers are making it easier and easier to order online, shipping products right to your door. Here is a list of seven items you can find from the comfort of your own home that will fit into your backyard makeover budget.

Let There Be Light

Lights are one of the easiest products to find online. From twinkle to outdoor chandeliers, lights are available at many online retailers. The perks of buying online versus at the store is that you’re likely to find better deals. Not to mention that for those looking for string lights or bulbs, you’re more likely to find extra yards of lights at a fraction of the cost, meaning more bang for your buck. Online retailers such as Overstock have a wide range of cost effective lighting solutions, meaning you’re likely to find a light that meets your needs. Do your research beforehand, however, as lighting, if not done well, can be dangerous and cause electrical fires. Research the reviews on a particular company or light that you might want to make a part of your outdoor oasis, bringing safety and beauty to your outdoors.

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Create Dimension

If you’re looking for a way to take your one-dimensional yard and give it depth, boulders might be an excellent option for you. Many wholesale boulder shops are based online and will send small samples of their product right to your door, bringing you an understanding of their product and how it will look in your yard. Placing boulders in and around your yard will add a level of dimension not typically found in a grassy (or if you're in California, dirt) space. They bring intrigue to the eyes and add an interesting contrast to the terrain. Because boulders take up more vertical space than flat space, they leave behind plenty of room for local flowers, succulents, or gravel to be placed. Online wholesale companies for items such as boulders make your life easier because they place them in the desired areas and are typically quoted on an individual basis.

Go Green

Many people looking to remodel the landscape in their backyard often want to add trees and life wherever possible. However, many nurseries only carry a few select tree sapling options, leaving you in a pickle when you want something more exotic or not necessarily in season. For those without the time or patience to sift through your local shop, online nurseries may be an option for you. Online nurseries offer delivery, bringing your tree directly to your door. They provide you with fresh in-season and not-in-season trees that you cannot otherwise find. Consider finding an online nursery retailer who will ship at a low cost, guarantee freshness, and offer advice for how best to ensure the longevity of your new tree.

Not A Stone Left Unturn

I already mentioned how those looking to update their yard from the comfort of their own home can turn to boulder wholesalers, but what about stones used for design? Paver stones, patio stones, and even stones used for retaining walls can be bought at a small price when compared to in-store retailers. Choose from a large—often times larger—selection of colors, textures, and sizes of stones that can be used in your yard. If you’re looking to update your yard on your own, these companies will provide the necessary information to get you set up with the right size and number for your needs. From stone-lined garden pathways, to retaining walls, and fire pit sets, you’re likely to find everything you need in one, stress-free and online shopping trip.

Fire Glass, Stones, and Wood

Once you’ve completed your custom outdoor fire pit with stones chosen from an online retailer, you’ll need to consider what you want to fill it with. Depending on what you plan to use your new outdoor pit for, you'll choose between a wood burning, ethanol burning, and natural gas burning pit. Each of the three different fire pits uses different methods for burning. This means that you’ll have the option to choose from a handful of different suppliers for whatever you need. Whether it be a coal provider, a firewood seller, or something a little more unique like fire glass, you can find it all in an assortment of quantities and at affordable prices.

Fill 'Er Up

Different from boulders, decorative stones come in a variety of shapes, colors, textures, and sizes. Whether you choose gravel or river stones, they work to break up gardens and create visual interest in the yard. Likewise, mulch can be ordered in bulk and used to fill empty spaces in your backyard where grass might have once been. No matter if you choose mulch or decorative stones, they are great means of drainage in your yard. They are also a great alternative to grass, particularly when your yard has suffered the damaging side effects of the California drought.

Drought Friendly Succulents
Drought Friendly Succulents

Drought Friendly

Because of the drought currently taking place in California, many people are looking to water-friendly yard alternatives for their homes. This cuts back on money, water usage, and worry over whether or not your prized plants and trees will make it through the summer months. If you’re one of the thousands in this situation, you’ve likely considered using succulents to supplement your usual perennials and foliage. Succulents are unique and offer a sense of structure to an otherwise cluttered yard. They also require little water, preferring only minimal hydration and the sun to keep them satisfied. Because of their uniqueness, succulents have a tendency to be expensive when purchased in stores, meaning that they are a great option for buying online. Online succulent providers are not only less expensive, but offer larger quantities that can be purchased in bulk and delivered to your home.

Things You Should Purchase In Person

While there are plenty of options for making online shopping purchases there are some things that you should do in person.

  • Paint colors are something worth making the trip outside of your home for. Because paint colors can be different in person than they are on a paint sample or picture online, it is best to explore your options in person.
  • Seating options are best sought after in person. This is because, despite online reviews, you will want to have an accurate idea of what the size is and how much space it will take up. Also, this way you’ll be able to search for a quality table that is comfortable for your family to sit in and likely to be used for years to come.
  • Though things such as succulents and trees can be found online, perennials for your yard should be purchased in person. Not only will this make it easier to see what flowers go together and how it will look in your yard, but it will keep the delicate flowers from being crushed en route to your house.

While I’m a full believer that people need to go outdoors more often and explore the world outside of their house, I do understand that life is sometimes too busy to allow us to do as much. Instead, the Internet provides all of you do-it-yourself-ers with a unique opportunity to order landscape products for their yard. Whether you find a company shipping nationwide or you are ordering from that nursery down the road’s online only stock, you’ll be grateful for how quickly you can design a new backyard for your home.


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    • Kelsey Farrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelsey Elise Farrell 

      3 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm glad you found these suggestions helpful. Good luck with your outdoor makeover!

    • Kelsey Farrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelsey Elise Farrell 

      3 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Joan, glad to hear it. Happy shopping!

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      3 years ago

      As someone who does most of their shopping online, this article is VERY helpful! Great suggestions on purchases to improve the outdoor space.

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      3 years ago

      Great article, perfect timing!


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