Many yards look unbalanced because of poor planning. People have to spend a lot of time maintaining the backyard. You can enjoy a beautiful yard by keeping the following six tips in mind.
Start with lifestyle
First, decide how you and your family want to use your outdoor space. Do you need to play baseball, or have a garden or just relax and have a quiet evening? These questions must be asked before you plan any landscaping activities.
Plan for the long haul
Landscaping design must stand the test of time. The trees and shrubs can provide the basic structure for your yard. Make sure to leave space for expanding root systems and branches.
Design a year-round color palette
Plant annual and perennial flowers that change with the seasons. Perennials subside into foliage after a two to a four-week peak of high bloom. Plant a variety of the same species in an area to avoid maintenance.
Add focal points for all your senses
You can have a garden fountain in the backyard which you can hear from your bedroom or see from the kitchen window. Create a climbing garden on your backyard fence. During summer nights add some soft lighting and potted plants to a patio.
Extend your living space
Use a patio to extend your living space or a deck for outdoor when landscaping. There are many options for stone and wood flooring. Build a covered area and a fireplace for evenings when it is cold and drizzly.
Dress up your driveway
Boxwood, heather and other evergreen family are hardy Northwest favorites which can withstand drought as well as lots of rainfall. A bark accented with color spots of annuals or a strip of low maintenance pea gravel is a low maintenance idea.
You can have a great time in your backyard if you follow these landscaping tips.