Design Tips for Your Backyard

Design Tips for Your Backyard

Are you designing a layout for a current design project for your backyard?

While it’s useful to have a plan, there is also no issue with designing as you go. Many more experienced landscapers do so all the time, and enjoy it greatly. No matter the method you decide on, there are several ways that you can design a layout that sets you apart from the crowd and helps you avoid future issues.

Avoid Formal Landscapes

The upkeep of a formal landscape is very difficult, and the design itself is also difficult. Dean mentions, “It is very difficult to maintain symmetry.” For example, if you decide that you would like to place identical trees at each corner of your property, and one of them dies, you may have a tough time locating an exact match to replace it with. In some cases, you may only be able to fix the issue by replacing all of the trees, which can cost you a great deal more money. One common issue is when you have planted shrubs in a row or as a foundation, only to have several of them succumb to disease. You then have to replace the entire row. You should be wary of planting in this manner.

Create an Amazing Under cover Area

You should put an awning on your patio if you haven’t got one already. A covered patio will allow you to enjoy your patio, rain, hail or shine. Further to that you can also install patio blinds to close off the area and provide you with even more protection from the elements. Sydney patio blinds basically create an additional room to your home, allowing you to sit on your patio 365 days a year in comfort.

 

Be Careful of Adding Curves

Curves can add visual interest to your beds, but be careful not to over use them. Multiple groupings of overly curvy beds can be bad, as would a very curvy path that takes you away from your original direction. When planning, choose longer, more subtle curves instead.

Our professional mentions limiting the geometry you choose, so that one dominates the structure of your garden. For example, if you decide to choose curved lines for your walkways, repeat them in your beds. Then repeat them again by selecting rounded plants and rounded arrangements in your beds.

Consider Movement Through the Garden

Landscaping without movement is like an uninteresting, flat painting. A garden needs visual movement to hold the viewer’s interest. Consider adding ornamental flowers and grasses that can move in the wind. Flowers can bring in butterflies and pollinators, and plants that produce berries will attract birds.

Use Your Garden to Visually Accent Your Home

Use your garden to soften the edges of your house and help it to fit in to its environment. As you do so, avoid the opposite extreme of a house that is overgrown. Even small houses have interesting features that should be highlighted. Good landscaping will serve to show off these features.

Avoid Seeing Features as Obstacles

After you’ve lived in a home for a bit, you may see features as problems, without noticing the benefits that they can offer. Instead of working around the features that your yard has to offer, work with them or remove them completely. You may find that your yard offers a sunny area that you never noticed, or that you can use that broken down fence as a trellis for roses.

Choose the Right Spot for the Right Plant

As you plan out your landscaping, be sure to select the correct plant for the correct area of your lawn. Repeat “right plant, right spot” each time you visit the lawn and garden center. Be mindful of plants growth rate, full grown size, and how much light they need. Avoid plants that will grow too fast or too large for the space you have to offer. Otherwise, you may find that you are investing more time and money than is prudent.

Space your plants properly so that they can circulate air. This will prevent pest and fungal issues. The finished landscape will have room to breathe. You can then fill in any extra space with annuals that change to suit your preference.

You can plan a beautiful landscape, even on a small budget each year. Whether you’re working over several months, or only have one Saturday to pull your project together, it’s important to choose your plants carefully. Your work is sure to produce results that you can enjoy for years.