There are lots of backyard landscaping ideas out there, but putting them all together to fit your yard can be a challenge.
The first step in developing your own set of backyard landscaping ideas is to think about what you use your back yard for (or what you would like to use it for, if it more resembles a barren wasteland ...)
Do you have children (or are you planning for some)? How old are they?
Small children and infants require different landscape modifications
than older children and teens. Consider if you want to devote part of
your yard to a children's play area, a treehouse, a trampoline, a
merry-go-round or a backyard swingset.
Get ideas from your family as to what they would like!
Building a patio is one of many good backyard projects, and features such as waterfalls and built-in grills can be both convenient and beautiful.
Consider adding an enclosed sunroom or shade room to your home, that can allow you to enjoy your garden even during rough weather.
Design your edible garden with comfort in mind: smooth paths, railings for steps, and frequent places to sit and rest.
You could use fruit trees and/or edible hedges to "fence in" your backyard and make it a perfect retreat.
You'll want to check the usual wind direction and avoid placing plants upwind that shed leaves (unless you really like cleaning leaves out of your pool!)
Adding solar-powered lamps, candles, or tiki torches (depending on the style of your backyard) can enhance its appearance and encourage your family to use your backyard more.
Terracing and the use of steps can allow you to grow lovely edible groundcovers while letting you safely reach them for harvesting and maintenance.
You could also use a retaining wall to make a broad raised area for planting, then build steps down the area beneath the wall, which might be used for other activities.
Often a local nursery (as opposed to a big box store "garden department") will have staff experienced in helping you choose landscaping plants that can withstand these weather conditions.
These will shade the house in summer and allow the sun to warm the house in the winter, saving you in heating and cooling bills.
Need more inspiration? More backyard landscaping ideas? There are many details you can add to your back yard, depending on its size and your interests:
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So how do you put all of these backyard landscaping ideas together?
After you've made a list of what you want in your backyard, you can make some sketches of where you would like the different landscaping ideas and elements.
Measuring your backyard helps you to know exactly how much room you have to work with, then you can use graph paper or one of the online landscaping software tools to help map out exactly where each should go.
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The most important thing is to have fun. Make your yard into a place you can enjoy. And show us some pictures when you're done!
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