Backyard Designs

Choosing a design for your backyard before you start any landscaping is a great idea. If your home is a new construction, try to get a to-scale blueprint of your home and surrounding land so you can draw out a backyard design. Otherwise, you can make a to-scale drawing yourself with some simple measurements of your house and lot size.

Irrigation

Do you plan to install an automatic irrigation system, or would you rather water your landscaping with manually moved sprinklers when rainwater is scarce? My family chose the sprinkler route, but I sometimes wish we had the convenience of underground, automatic irrigation. It can be a pain to move sprinklers around, and there always seems to be a few patches of grass that don’t get enough water. Plus, dragging sprinklers (and attached hoses) around sometimes bumps and damages my plants and disrupts mulch beds. That said, an underground irrigation system is expensive, and if you do not do your research, you might end up with a landscaper that improperly installs an irrigation system that constantly fills with rocks or otherwise needs maintenance. This is an important decision to make, and if you decide to install one, you should do it before any plants are in place. However, draw our your backyard design so you can be sure to target irrigation near your water-loving plants and well distributed over your lawn.

Lighting

If you live in a relatively populated region with well-lit streets, it may be possible to install only solar-powered path lighting, which can be as inexpensive as $100 or less for everything. On the other hand, if you live on a large remote lot, it is a good idea to install underground lines for lighting around your property. This is an important component of your backyard design for reasons of safety as well as beauty.

Naturescape and Hardscape

When installing plants, flowers, trees, and stone landscaping, it is a great idea to draw out your backyard design so you can be sure you are focusing your irrigation, up lighting, etc., on the plants that will require it. You should also consider that your plants may grow quickly, and therefore, they should be reasonable spaced for future growth. In fact, it is a good idea to buy smaller, but still very healthy, plants with the intention of having your backyard design truly finished after the plants and trees have had a decade or so to grow.

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