Maintaining a backyard that looks professionally landscaped is not as difficult as it may seem, as long as you are equipped with a plan and ready to roll up your sleeves. Landscaping your backyard can make a huge difference with your yard’s overall aesthetics as well as usable space. To help transform your outdoor space into the backyard escape you have been dreaming about, our team of landscape professionals have shared their top tips below on how you can have a backyard that looks professionally maintained.
1. Start with a Focal Point
When landscaping your backyard, it is crucial to determine what will be the main focal point of your outdoor space. It is around this focal point that you will build your landscaping strategy. Although several areas have the ability of being the focal point of your yard, choosing only one focal point will help you avoid confusion and distractions.
The focal point can be a pool, gazebo, or even a tree or bushes. It can be any large element that will anchor the entire backyard and serve as the background or foundation for the remaining landscape design. If you choose a pool or gazebo as the focal point, it’s important that it is completely finished before starting your landscaping.
2. Create a Plan
Having chosen your focal point for your backyard landscaping, the next step is to create a backyard landscaping plan, this ensures your backyard flows and looks professionally landscaped. It is at this stage that you decide how you want your backyard to look and if there will be an overarching theme, such as a Japanese garden, a rainforest, or a formal garden. Your choice or preference will determine the types of plants that will be utilized. It is also important to research the kinds of plants that will thrive and grow in your yard and region at this stage.
If you are not confident in your design or layout, you can get support from a professional landscape artist to help you prepare a feasible plan.
3. Start Planting
Based on your focal point, start planting the larger trees and shrubs according to the landscaping plan. Follow any recommended steps for planting each item to be sure to achieve the best results. Once all of the larger items have been planted, you can begin planting the smaller plants and flowers. Our pro tip here is to ensure any shrubs planted close to your home, will not surpass your window height to ensure you don’t obstruct your views. As well, ensure the outer layer of plants and flowers offer a variety of colours and textures for a pleasing aesthetic.
4. Plan for Watering
Installing an inground sprinkler system is a great way to ensure your lawn and plants have enough moisture to flourish, without it taking up a ton of your time. But, if a sprinkler system is in your plan, make sure to install the pipes prior to laying down your sod. Grass grows well in sunny areas, adds lush green space and can withstand regular wear and tear from kids playing, picnics, and family outdoor activities.
5. Beautify Shaded Areas
Shady areas in your yard are great for hanging out, and may be difficult to grow certain types of plants. Try placing lawn chairs and tables or even a bistro set in these shaded areas for family and friends to enjoy. Adding mulch to areas without grass will help enhance the look and add contrast to your yard.
The above tips are just a few steps you can take to help make your backyard look professionally landscaped. Ultimately, your yard needs to be set up to meet your family’s needs. If you are not confident in being able to create your own backyard escape, do not hesitate to reach out to a professional landscaper to bring your vision to life.