Phyllis Bryan. Backyard. September 17th , 2018.
Many people would first wonder why they should even bother landscaping their backyard. A plot of grass, a patio, and its all good to go. I've been in a lot of houses over time and have seen some truly spectacular backyards and some of the most barren plots of dirt you can imagine. The best looking backyards speak of nature and give a real impression of beauty and a feeling of comfort and relaxation. It's no wonder why people go to parks to get away or take gardening as a hobby. It's no wonder why people love flowers and pristine scenes of nature. Creating that in your backyard will bring a place of peace, and give you something to do in maintaining it.
One final tip is to use wire that is graded for direct burial and made for underground use. Most speaker wire will do but after a while it would degrade and you don't want to have to retrace where it went bad.
Finally birds need a safe place to hang their feathers and raise a family. Most backyards don't have the necessary qualifications to house birds naturally. This is why our once common song birds such as bluebirds are now pretty rare to see. People don't realize that their subdivision use to house many birds and now dead trees are removed and landscaping replaced it is not conducive for birds to live. All is not lost though... you can give nature a hand by providing them with a home with birdhouses.
Ideas and designs are almost infinite. Less is more as some would say, so in the case of a smaller backyard a little grass, a few bushes, a patio and a retaining stone wall could be just fine. A larger backyard would call for more, but even then it doesn't always take a lot. Our backyard is rather large by most suburban standards and it looks great. What all is there? A large grassy area, a cement patio, and an area circumventing the grass that is covered in an assortment of trees and bushes, not a lot mind you, but just enough to evenly space things out and make it look full, and lastly there is a gazebo which was there when we moved in.
One of the first things you should consider is whether or not you are up to taking on a large landscaping project by yourself. You may want to consult a professional landscaper. Doing this will give you an idea of the costs involved, and it will also give you an idea of how much labor a professional thinks will be required. Don't be afraid to ask about the amount of labor involved. It may turn out that you were underestimating how much work your project actually involves.
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