Your backyard holds so much promise, but taking it from dead and drab to luscious and fab often sounds daunting. Giving your backyard a makeover can be fun and inexpensive—just follow these six easy steps and any yard can suddenly become a great place to relax and entertain.
1. Define Your Space
The first step in creating a beautiful backyard is defining your space—whether you live near a canyon in Denver or a neighbor in Guleph, fence installation is key. A fence will create a visual line, and keep any unwanted visitors (be they man or beast) out.
Then, within your backyard, section off which part of your yard will be used for what: a grassy play area for children, a dining or relaxing area, a garden, or even a pool area. By using visual cues with your landscaping the yard will instantly look more organized and finished.
2. Create Pathways
Large, flat stones, sand, slate, woodchips, or concrete can be used to create pathways from your home throughout your land. Clear walkways will keep your grass healthier, and will visually stimulate your guests to take a closer look at your gardens and interact with the different sections of your yard. The beautiful backyard makeovers featured on Home & Garden TV always create a fluid pathway through the land of their inspirational redesigns.
3. Avoid Wood
Instead of using wood to create a deck area, use stone or concrete instead. These materials will stay looking new for longer. Wood does not stand out from gardens and grass in the same way a striking light-colored stone will. Again, creating a visually pleasing and social yard is all about clearly defining areas and creating beautiful contrast.
4. Add Accents
A trellis is a wonderful way to add dimension to your garden. Find a wooden or iron structure to match the warm or contemporary feel of your yard. Plant a flowering, growing vine on either side of the trellis and watch the beauty grow every year. A swinging bench can also be added to a protected area of a garden for a secluded and romantic vibe.
5. Load on the Mulch
When designing your garden, keep in mind that mulch is the ultimate time saver for a gardener. Mulch not only keeps your plants healthy and luscious but it also keeps weeds from growing. After planting and weeding your garden, add at least two inches of mulch around the plants. The unifying and rich color of mulch will make your garden look clean while it takes care of your plants. OrganicGardening.com recommends different types of mulch depending on what is being planted and in what type of environment. But truly, any mulch is better than none and all will keep your garden looking as good as it smells.
6. Green is Gold
Keeping your grass green will entice children to come play, animals to nap, and adults to enjoy. While grass is probably the most versatile space in a backyard, it eats up a lot of water. That is why it is important to keep your grass beautifully healthy and green by watering at night when less of the water you spray on your lawn will evaporate. This practice will not only help the environment, but will keep a little extra change in your pocket as well.
A backyard makeover can change the value of a home, as well as the lives of those who live inside. Make yours a peaceful sanctuary.
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Barbara Johnson works in real estate and enjoys finding her clients the perfect homes. In addition, she shares her home improvement and gardening tips with others through blogging. For more information on fencing options for your home, visit Jay Fencing.