Before & After: Bare Backyard Turned Lush Patio

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Sometimes unhealthy, worn-down grass left unattended by previous owners is beyond repair. And if your yard is on the smaller side, like this one, installing an outdoor patio is a better use of the space. Add shutters, shrubs, and window boxes, and instant ambiance is imminent.

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Liza from Mel & Liza has done it again, this time transforming her ailing back yard into a lush oasis perfect for entertaining. She (along with her very capable husband) did everything: installed a brick pathway, laid stone for the patio area, put in a brand new fence that was tall enough to provide privacy, and created a garden full of flowering, deciduous and evergreen plants.

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The first step was to tear out the existing concrete walkway running down the side of the house out to the back. Then, using stakes and twine, she mapped out the lines of the brick walkway as a guide.

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The result is an organic, natural looking outdoor area that provides much needed seclusion. If you're wondering exactly how they arrived at the final product, there are plenty of pictures of the whole process at Mel and Liza's blog.

(Images via Mel and Liza)