Most people who dream about having their own house also dream about their own backyard. Few things, after all, are as inviting as a back door opening onto a beautifully-manicured lawn or a pristine arrangement of blossoming flower and/or vegetable beds. And of course, having your own thriving backyard is a major plus if you like to do a lot of entertaining at home.
Cultivating such a landscape on your own might be a bit tricky, but it’s certainly doable. Provided that you’re willing to put in quite a bit of work and are endowed with a reasonable amount of creativity, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t be able to carry out any of the following DIY landscaping ideas:
- Make your own stepping-stone path. A curving path of stepping stones that lead from your back door to your garden looks quite charming. You can map out an outline for your stepping-stone path by driving stakes into the starting and ending points as well as those in between. Tie string around the stakes to complete the outline and to guide where each stone should be placed.
- Create a border or an edge around your garden. This not only protects your garden from smaller intruders like squirrels or cats, but it also gives your yard a more polished look. You can either install a traditional white-painted wooden fence or drive the stakes of a forged-iron border into the ground surrounding your yard.
- Conjure up a Caribbean-themed corner by making a sand bed in a corner of your yard. Once you’ve lined the space with the appropriate pieces of lumber, you can fill it with builder’s sand or sharp sand as this drains better than the oft-used river sand does. You can also plant a few trees with billowing leaves and some flowering trees around the border and perhaps even install a hammock to amp up the atmosphere.
- Simulate the look and feel of a golf course by planting some authentic bentgrass greens on your yard and installing some putting holes. Authentic golf greens are cheaper than the synthetic ones, but they also require more maintenance down the line as they need frequent weeding. Their synthetic counterparts, on the other hand, are more expensive but are more low-maintenance, so you can just pick out what works for you.
If you want a yard that looks more polished and/or if your thumb is more brown than green, then you can also consider hiring a landscaping specialist or contractor by carrying out any of the two tips:
- Look around your friends’ and relatives’ gardens. When you find one that you particularly like, ask about their landscaping contractor and specialist.
- Research for a landscaping firm or specialist on the Internet. Go through their list of services and corresponding rates and ask for photos of their previous work from past clients. Canvas around by looking at links to other gardening or landscaping firms and then make your choice based on which one can achieve your desired look at the price that you can afford.