Chris Lambton's 10 Ways to Make Your Backyard More Fun
You may not have the budget to go this extreme, but you can buy ready-to-assemble water features that simply plug in. A rain water feature in the backyard is a fun destination for the kids and dogs to cool off. It also can help drown out noises from the neighbors or busy streets. If you're going to go this elaborate, it can get expensive with plumbing and hiring a professional to install it, but it will be worth it.