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10 Budget-Friendly Backyard Oasis Ideas: Creative Ways to Add Shady Spots

By August 1, 2023August 16th, 2023No Comments

In Alberta, with our unpredictable weather, what each of our four seasons will bring is always a bit of a surprise. If you’ve lived in this province long enough, you have likely experienced snow on a long weekend, either in May, July, August or September.

In the summer, when we have nice weather, that’s why it’s so important to get out and enjoy it as you never know what the next day (or even hour) will bring.

With the extremely warm temperatures we have been experiencing in Alberta this summer, ensuring your backyard oasis remains a cool respite is crucial. For your own comfort and your pets’ well-being, incorporating shaded spots becomes a wise and practical decision in the midst of scorching weather. Plus it allows you to allow the outdoors and that backyard that you spend so much time cutting, caring for and maintaining.

Below are ten creative and budget-friendly ways to add shady spots to your backyard:

1. DIY Shade Sail

Purchase a large piece of fabric or repurpose an old bedsheet and hang it between trees or posts to create a DIY shade sail.


2. Pergola with Vines

Build a simple pergola using inexpensive materials like wooden pallets or PVC pipes, and let climbing vines like jasmine or bougainvillea grow over it. This natural shade solution adds beauty to your backyard.

3. Tarp Canopy

Attach a tarp or several tarps to existing structures like fences, pergolas, or even tree branches to create a makeshift canopy. Tarps are affordable and come in various sizes and colors.

4. Umbrella Planters

Get large, sturdy planters and place them strategically around your seating areas. Plant tall, leafy plants or bamboo in the planters, which will provide natural shade for you and your family.

5. Natural Shade from Trees

If you have trees in your backyard, consider trimming lower branches to create a canopy effect and allow more dappled sunlight to filter through.

6. Bamboo Screens

Create privacy and shade by installing bamboo screens or rolled bamboo fencing along the edges of your backyard. These screens can block the sun while adding an exotic touch to your outdoor space.

7. Repurposed Bed Frame Canopy

Use an old metal bed frame without the mattress as the base for a canopy. Drape sheer curtains or lightweight fabric over the frame to create a romantic and shady spot. Close your eyes and imagine you’re on the beach listening to the waves and feeling a soft warm breeze ruffling your hair.

8. DIY Tree Bench

Construct a tree bench around a large tree in your yard. This seating area will naturally be shaded by the tree’s canopy and provide a comfortable spot to relax.

9. Hanging Fabric Panels

Hang long strips of colorful fabric from a tree branch or a rope stretched between two posts. The fabric panels will flutter in the breeze and provide shade in a creative and whimsical way.

10. DIY Pallet Loungers

Build loungers using wooden pallets and add comfortable cushions. Place these loungers under trees or close to structures to enjoy the coolness of the shade.

Remember, with a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you can create shady spots in your backyard without spending a fortune. These ideas not only offer relief from the sun but also add unique touches to your outdoor space.

If you need any help this summer or fall, caring for and maintaining your backyard, so you have more time to enjoy it, then contact our team and we will be happy to help if you need fall aerations, fertilizing, weed control, fall clean ups and more.