Having a great-looking backyard is the goal of many homeowners. Yet even after they have planted a garden or performed some backyard landscaping, it may still not look as professional as they were hoping.
Os, if this is you, how can you change that?
Here are a few tips on how to make your landscape look as perfect as if a professional did it for you.
Space Is Important
A lot of homeowners make the mistake of thinking that their landscape will look great with more stuff. That isn’t always the case. Just because you have a garden, a water feature, a rock wall, a rock garden, and many other things besides doesn’t mean it looks good. If anything, it will look cluttered.
Space is vital when planning for beautiful backyard landscaping. You need to be able to move through your backyard and actually enjoy it. It shouldn’t require a machete just to find your way through it.
Keep certain areas contained. For example, your garden should be delegated to one part of the yard. The only aspect that should stem from your garden is a water feature if you wish to include one in your garden. The ebb and flow of water make sense for the feature to also flow out into the garden.
However, even the water should be kept in a contained path. There should be a definite beginning and end to the water feature. Perhaps that end is a small pool of water or a fountain.
Everything else, on the other hand, should have their own contained areas. Professional landscapes always have plenty of space for you to see the green grass.
Keep Your Garden Maintained
Another important aspect of having a professional landscape is to keep your garden maintained. A lot of homeowners run into trouble when they choose to plant a garden. They end up planting more than they can actually care for. Few people have the time required to properly maintain a large garden.
Not only do you need to ensure that your plants receive plenty of water, but you also have to check the soil nutrients and pH level. Certain plants thrive better under certain soil and water conditions. You may also have to worry about the sun exposure of certain plants. Some may require more sunlight than others.
There’s also weeding. Most of the garden maintenance is geared towards weeding. Depending on the size of your garden, this could take a few hours. If you don’t weed very often or put down weed killer, then it may take even longer.
However, if you want a perfect backyard landscape, then you have to weed. A garden that is more weeds than flowers isn’t going to look great.
With that in mind, it’s vital that you only plant what you know you can maintain. It may even be worth it to garden in a different way. For example, you might want to use raised planters. This can help prevent the spread of weeds. It may even keep annoying pests and animals from eating your plants.
If maintaining your backyard isn’t your style, you might want to hire a landscaping company to get your maintenance done!
Choose Landscaping for the Senses
Professional backyard landscapers don’t just choose their plants and features without consideration. For a perfect backyard, you’ll want to make a landscape that hits all of the senses.
For example, you may want to use flowers and trees that give beautiful colors during various seasons. Spring, summer, and fall seasons can each offer an array of different colors and hues to play with. Your landscape should make the most of that variation.
Another sense to include is smell. Many gardeners simply focus on the visual beauty of flowers. They forget to make their garden aromatic, too. Flowers are easy to choose for those who want a lovely flowery smell in their backyard. Yet they’re not the only scented plant you can choose.
There are several trees and bushes that offer a pleasant smell as well. Hawthorns, for example, give off a musky and rich scent that can delight. Who can forget Evergreens? Their fresh scent can make your backyard smell like a Christmas forest year-round.
Finally, you can also include plants that stimulate your sense of hearing. Certain bushes and plants like cattails whisper and rustle in the wind. Who needs windchimes when you have plants that will create a symphony for you?
Create a Central Point
Just like a centerpiece in the living room, your backyard also needs a central point. This helps attract the eye and focuses it. Your central point could be a huge water feature or a simple pool of water. Perhaps it’s your stunning garden or a strong and visceral rock wall.
For those who prefer creativity and want their backyard to be different from anyone else’s, then you may even think about including a natural mural. Made of stone or other materials, a mural can be created in the center of your yard.
Perhaps it depicts your family’s crest, name, or something important to the family. The mural could act as a gathering point for all of your future parties held there.
No backyard landscaping is complete without an outdoor entertaining space. Every professional landscaper has one. Pavers, tile, or another kind of natural stone flooring can pave the area.
Beautiful wooden beams or columns can hold up a rustic or modern cover to keep out the sun. You can complete the scene by including comfortable and weather-friendly outdoor furniture.
For those who truly want to wow their guests, you may even have a barbecue area or an entire kitchen built on the terrace for outdoor entertaining.
No entertainment space is complete without a modern fire pit either. Unlike its simple brothers, a hole in the ground, modern firepits are carefully designed and constructed pits that meld perfectly with an entertainment area.
It could even be your next DIY project!
They may feature ornate covers or carefully cut stone blocks to mark the perimeter of the pit.
The area should meld perfectly into the rest of your backyard, so you can promote easy traffic and enjoyment of your hard work.
But, if you’re looking to kick back and relax, let the professionals go to work. Hire a landscaping pro today to get your backyard in perfect shape!