Don’t Forget The Backyard!


While a front yard is important for curb appeal, many home buyers are looking for their own private outdoor space which is seldom available to apartment dwellers. Quality backyard landscaping can not only improve the value of your home, but it can give you a great area for friends and family to gather for special occasions and for family recreation. Put some careful thought into your backyard and you can experience your own little bit of outdoor heaven.

The theme of your landscape look should depend on your family’s hobbies and interests. Here are some suggestions. Flower beds, stones and lawn areas, shade trees, gardens, and decorative waterfalls all make for a wonderful backyard atmosphere. A barbecue grill and perhaps a picnic table make for great outdoor meals. If you really want to go all out, look for spectacular ideas for an outdoor kitchen or bar.

Don’t forget the sports. A soccer goal, volleyball net, croquet course or mini golf course are all great for facilitating your favorite outdoor activities. Don’t forget the big zapper to keep the mosquitos away!

One huge consideration when landscaping your backyard is maintenance. Lawns, flower beds and other plants all require some yard work. If that is not for you, then you might consider some low maintenance type landscaping. Rock beds and boulders look great, but require very little work to keep them looking good. Different colors of rock used creatively can add a beautiful effect. You can keep the weeds away with some ground clear spray. Once per season is all you will need.