The backyard is usually an afterthought for many homeowners’ decorating budgets. This is unfortunate because the perfect backyard can be a place of rest and recreation for your family.
Properly planning and landscaping your backyard extends your home and gives everyone in your household an extra space for their activities. You could end up spending a lot of time there especially during the warmer seasons.
This is why it is important to dedicate a similar amount of time and money to set up your backyard as you would any other room in the house. Read on for some of our top tips on how to create the perfect backyard.
Have a Vision of Your Dream Backyard
Before you start working on landscaping and decorating your backyard, it is important to know what the end goal is. Having a picture in your mind will prevent you from wasting time and money creating elements that won’t fit in with your vision.
Use magazines, as well as Pinterest and Google images to get ideas about the kind of backyard you may prefer.
Hire a Professional
To create a perfect backyard, it is important to hire an experienced landscape artist. Trying to do it yourself will take a lot of time and effort and the results may not be ideal. A professional landscaper will combine your vision for your backyard as well as their knowledge of what works to come up with a suitable design for you and your family.
For example, you may be set on growing a certain plant for your backyard but the landscaper may know that the plant is difficult to care for. So they would be able to suggest an alternative.
Place the Important Equipment First
Before creating your backyard, you should know the furniture and equipment you require and where they would be placed. Some examples of backyard must-haves include a swimming pool, porch furniture, a hot tub, and a brick oven or barbeque grill.
Sometimes it’s better to plan ahead and build around for larger structures.
Grow an All-Weather Lawn
A lush green lawn is a must for any pretty backyard. There are many grass selections for lawns, and you can choose one based on the final look you desire. If you don’t enjoy gardening or mowing grass, find lawns that don’t require a lot of maintenance. You could even get an artificial lawn, which would look picture perfect all year round.
It will be unbearable to stay in your backyard during the hotter months if you don’t have shade. Some homes have mature trees that form perfect natural shades for hot days. If you don’t have trees you can still create artificial shades using umbrellas in your patio sets.
These are great as they can be moved to whatever location you may want to relax at. Another alternative is to build a shady area such as a pergola. You can grow plants on it to create the shady covering or use all-weather fabric on its roof to provide shade.
Lighting is Important
Proper lighting can transform your backyard into a magical place that you will enjoy spending evenings. Modern technology has created numerous budget-friendly options for lighting up your outdoor space.
For visibility and security, you can add deck lights that can illuminate your whole backyard. You can also add fairy lights around the perimeter of your backyard to create a romantic mood. Short globe lights could also be used to illuminate shrubs.
Your lighting can be used to create different moods based on the activity you are having. For an evening garden party, you may require bright lights whereas for a romantic evening whimsical lights may be all that is required.
Select Low Maintenance Plants
To keep your backyard looking great all year round it is a good idea to look for plants that are hardy and low maintenance. You may not always remember to water your plants and weather conditions are unpredictable. This is why you require plants that can survive under any condition.
Consult a landscaping professional before buying plants. Not only will they know the best-looking low maintenance plants to suit your backyard, but they will also advise on the best plants for your landscape.
Keep Your Backyard Private
One reason why many people can’t relax in their backyard is due to a lack of privacy. To create the perfect backyard, you must find ways to shield your space from neighbors’ prying eyes. Tall fences are always an option.
However, there may be zoning restrictions against them and you may also hate their appearance. Another solution would be placing lattices around the perimeter of your backyard and growing lush vines to climb on it.
This creates a beautiful and vibrant privacy barrier. You can also grow a tall hedge to protect your backyard’s privacy. This would take some time to grow but once grown it would form a great wind barrier as well as an effective privacy barrier.
Create Pathways To Protect Your Plants
Remember to plan for pathways around your backyard to make it easy for people to move around your property. Other than keeping people from stepping on and damaging your plants. Pathways can also add great beauty to your backyard.
Your backyard design should include pathways that will match the plants and the general landscape. Different types of stones or bricks can be used to build your pathways. Purchase different colors of stones that could be set in many different patterns based on the look you desire.
Many people hate being outdoors because of the bites and stings one can get from insects. To encourage more people to hang out in your backyard you must find a way to control the pests that might attack people.
Great solutions include insect sprays and insect bait. You can also burn citronella torches and candles which create a romantic ambiance as well as keeping away insects.
The Perfect Backyard Requires Vision and Planning
Creating the perfect backyard for yourself will require you to have a vision of what you desire. Spending time and money on creating your backyard will help you create a perfect oasis for you and your loved ones to relax in.
Consultations with experts will also help you come up with a practical and beautiful design that works for you and your family.
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