Transforming Your Backyard

Posted by Hughes Group Blog Team on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 10:31am.

The backyard of your home is not always what you want it to be. Sometimes the yard is too small, and you do not have the space to make the changes that you want to make. Sometimes it is just so big and expansive that you have no idea what to do with it, your mind literally unable to wrap around the projects ahead of you. A bad backyard can be an annoyance to have such a task on your project list all the time and it is always important to live in a setting that you like and can enjoy. So, I want to give you some tips on how to mend this situation and transform your backyard into something that you can be proud of. You might find yourself having no trouble at all changing your backyard into something wonderful or it might be a monumental task. Either way, I want to get you started on the path to making that change.

The first step is a little obvious. It might be so obvious that you can just skip it, but it still must be said that you need to clean up before starting on anything else. Now, part of the reason I want to mention this side of the process is that there is an aspect to it that does not hop to the minds of everyone wanting to transform their backyard. Sure, it is important to get rid of all of the trash that might have built up around your backyard, but this is only going to be a problem that needs to be solved for a few people. Sometimes, since a backyard is mostly out of sight for everyone but you, it can seem like a good place to be put some of the unsightlier items you own. So, get rid of this stuff before you do anything. However, cleaning up your backyard can also apply to just trimming down some plants or moving around some dirt. It might surprise you the effect that can come about from just cutting away at a large and ungainly bush until it is smaller and more manageable. It will then present itself as having more space in your yard and there is a quiet brilliance to something that is trimmed and presentable. You might not even have to take further steps to change your backyard. Just making everything appear clean and tidy can make a world of difference.

But more than likely cleaning will not be enough. It can be very transformative but if you want to truly make your backyard into a totally different place, there are a few things you need to do. First, you are going to need to be willing to get down and dirty with some landscaping. Before you do anything else (Once all the clutter is out of the way) you need to be sure that everything is how you want it to be. What I am talking about is if there are parts of your yard that are grassy, and you want them to be a place for plants instead or if there are parts of your yard that have been made to be good for planters, but you have no interest or need to plant something there. It can be a lot of dirty work to get your yard into a state where it is pliable and workable, but you absolutely have to template to work with. You do not want to start planting something or building something and find out midway through that there is no good place to put the work you have started. So, break out the shovel and be ready to make a framework for something more.

There are two major improvements you can make to your yard to turn it into something spectacular. The first comes from what you plant in your yard and the second comes from what you build in your yard. For plants, it comes down to how much you want utility as opposed to pure aesthetics. There are a lot of flowers that will look really nice, but they might not give you anything. Space you use for flowers or other aesthetically pleasing plants is space you cannot use for a subsistence garden of some kind. You also might look into what trees you can put in your backyard. A tree is not purely an aesthetic thing, though it can do a lot to change the overall appearance of your home. The practical benefits of a tree in your backyard come down to shade and protection for your house. A tree can keep the sun from beating down on your home and stripping the paint away and it can be a nice place to shelter from the heat while still being outside your house. Of course, just because you want more practical plants does not mean you have to go without flowers or their like. A backyard built to do something for you has a pleasant feel but a backyard with visually pleasing plants can do a lot as well.

Then there are the things that you might want to build in your yard. Recently, I did some work on an arbor for a couple of grape plants in my home’s backyard. The grape plants on their own look nice and can provide delicious grapes, but the arbor allows those grapevines to grow larger and taller and create a new feature for the backyard. Once the project is complete, the yard will appear totally different and there will be extra utility to it. There are all kinds of things you can build to put in your backyard that will give you any number of benefits and visually pleasing objects. You might even consider installing in a pond.

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