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					            Part 1- Backyard landscaping is about many different things




Your backyard landscaping is going to have to be about many different things but the most
important one of these if your well being. Most people get into backyard landscaping because
they want to change the look and feel of their home, they want to make it a wonderful place
where their family can feel safe and comfortable at all times. Backyard landscaping is a great
way to add some more peace to your life whether you are alone or you have a large family and
tons of kids. You will be able to create a sanctuary with your backyard landscaping that you
have never had before in your life.



Backyard landscaping does not have to be drastic or hard. You can do your own backyard
landscaping or you can hire a contractor to do it all for you. The choice is yours but doing it
yourself can be a lot of work, especially if you do not have any experience in this type of thing.
There are all kinds of things that you will need to learn about before you start doing your own
backyard landscaping. You will have to take a crash course in landscaping and this course will be
jammed packed with all kinds of info that you never even knew was out there. You may be able
to save some money on the work if you do your won backyard landscaping but if you screw
things up too badly you may end up paying even more to get everything fixed.



If you want to get some backyard landscaping done you should only do it yourself if it is going
to be a simple and straightforward job. If you need irrigation things dealt with and planes and
elevations leave it to the professionals that do it for a living. These things may be over your
head entirely. You need to watch out how you go about your backyard landscaping or you could
end up with quite a mess on your hands.



There are a couple of great places for you to learn some more about backyard landscaping such
as the local public library and the internet. You can get many backyard landscaping books out of
the library and these will help you to make the best decisions as to your landscaping needs. You
can also get many do it yourself tips online.
                            Part 2- Backyard Landscaping Ideas


No matter where you live, there’s nothing better than relaxing outdoors on a warm summer
night watching your backyard landscaping ideas come to life.



Unfortunately, re-landscaping your entire backyard during the course of one growing season
can be back breaking, expensive and requires major planning.



Here’s a simple solution: Break up your backyard into “rooms” and remodel one room each
year. This is especially helpful if you’re on a budget. You’re results will be much better if you
spend as much time and money as you can on one project, rather than trying to revamp the
entire backyard all at once for the same amount of money.



Although you’re landscaping only one section of the yard at a time, you still need an overall
plan. Using graph paper, sketch out the permanent structures on your property including the
house, out buildings, deck and trees.



This is also a good time to consider which existing plants and shrubs won’t be a part of the new
landscape.



Make copies of your sketch and experiment with different designs. Incorporate ideas you like
from magazines or gardens you’ve visited.



If you host frequent cook outs you’ll probably want to keep the yard open and plant along the
borders. If you don’t need the space, you could create real drama with an island bed, walkways,
solar lighting and cutouts for comfortable furniture to relax on.



Here are some ideas you’ll dig:
Screening with Plants



If your yard doesn’t have a fence, you might want to consider planting a row of hawthorn,
juniper, arborvitae, or a combination of these bushes to create privacy and provide a backdrop
for future flower beds. A strategically place evergreen screen will also provide a windbreak
from winter winds and drifting snow.



Planning a Border Flower Bed



The hardest part of designing a border is choosing flowers that complement each other both in
color and height. The list of perennials I suggest here is for a six foot wide bed in a mainly sunny
situation. Wide, in this case, means outward from the plant screen or fence, not the length of
the bed.



Use 3 or 5 plants for each kind of flower and allow 16”–18” between each plant. Allow 20”–22”
between the different plant groups. Planting an odd number of plants is more visually appealing
than an even number.



Allow sufficient space at the rear of the bed for access. This will also prevent choking off
necessary air and light from the plants in back.



These are my suggestions for a perennial border. They were chosen to give a long display, with
the first flowers appearing in April and the last in October.



Tall plants for the back row: SEDUM ‘Autumn Joy’; RUDBECKIA Goldsturm; PHLOX White; IRIS
light blue or yellow; VERONICA Blue; SOLIDAGO ‘Golden Shower’; and HOSTA fortunei ‘Picta’.
Shorter plants for the front row: GERANIUM grandiflorum; POTENTILLA ‘Firedance’; HUECHERA
Pink; ASTER Dwarf Blue; SEDUM Dragons Blood; ACHILLEA ‘Moonshine’; and ERIGERON
‘Prosperity’.



Obviously, these plants won’t be the best choice for every climate. A worthwhile book to help
you choose plants native to your climate zone is The Comfortable Lazy Garden. It’s also an
excellent reference for beginning gardeners.



Island Bed



An island bed, as the name implies, is planted in the middle of the yard surrounded by a sea of
grass. It can vary in shape and size according to your imagination and available space. Scale the
plants from tallest in the center to shortest at the edges.



Preplanned Gardens



I understand all of this Latin mumbo jumbo can be daunting for first time gardeners, it was for
me. If you would like a ready made solution, Direct Gardening offers a wide selection of
preplanned gardens designed to take all the guess work out of plant selection and placement.



Water Feature



Imagine the reflective beauty of a pond or the gentle splashing of a man made waterfall. How
about a 100 foot high waterslide? Maybe next year.



Do Your Yard a Favor
Before you buy any vegetation, visit a real garden center for advice on drainage and soil
preparation. Also, bring a copy of your plan; a soil sample and an extra credit card just in case
you can’t wait years to make your backyard landscaping ideas come true.
         Part 3- Backyard Landscaping – An Important Area To Landscape


For homeowners around the world, a big part of owning a home is landscaping the yard. Front
yard landscaping or backyard landscaping, the work must be done. While the front yard is
important because it’s more visible to neighbors and others who drive by, the backyard is no
less important. The backyard is where families and friends gather for barbeques and birthday
parties and where some families place their swimming pools. Most backyards are landscaped
with careful thought and preparation. Special consideration is put into the positioning of every
blade of grass, each decorative stone and all of the species of flowers that beautify a backyard.



Flowers, stones and grass are just some of the ways to landscape a backyard. Large shade trees,
waterfalls and herbal gardens are some other ways. The theme of your landscape will depend
on your hobbies, interests and goals for your backyard. Backyard landscaping can be a lot of
fun, especially when you make it personal. Landscape your yard to reflect your personality and
your homes personality. If you and your family like to entertain, add a bar to your back patio.
Clean up the barbeque grill and don’t forget the citronella candles to keep the bugs away.
Maybe you’ll want to build a croquet course, mini golf course, or put in a sand lot for some sand
volleyball. Whatever your preference, make backyard landscaping fun for the whole family.



Keep your family in mind too, when it comes time to maintain the backyard landscaping . Large
yards will require a lot more maintenance and grooming. Taking care of the yard can be a nice
family activity. You can mow the lawn, pull the weeds and get the kids involved in watering the
plants. If you have a fruit tree in your backyard, you’ll probably be spending some time picking
up the fallen apples or cherries. And of course, you’ll also need to reserve time to tend to your
herbal garden. It can be surprisingly rewarding to grow your own herbs and use them in special
recipes that you cook when you’re entertaining friends and neighbors.



If you are the type who would rather keep your backyard to yourself, then maybe you don’t
need to worry about the huge, green lawn. Perhaps you’d rather have a quaint yard with basic
backyard landscaping. You can put in some grass, strategically place some shade trees and plant
some of your favorite flowers. You may want to include some bigger bushes, if space allows as
they will add some gorgeous green to your colorful backyard. This type of backyard may require
the same maintenance as a large backyard, but not nearly the time commitment. No matter
what your personality says about your backyard landscaping, one thing’s for sure—
homeowners everywhere will tell you to create your backyard just the way you want to.



Thanks For Reading … Good Luck! 




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