Landscaping may not be your forte. Heck, design and décor of any stripe could be beyond your limited artistic talents. And yet, you almost certainly know what you like and don’t like; you can appreciate design in magazines, public spaces, and the homes of your family and friends. So it’s not like you’re starting from scratch here. But when you look at your blank canvas of a backyard you may have some anxiety about how you’re going to create a vision for design and then turn it into a reality. After all, it can be difficult to visualize a modern, backyard oasis when you’re starting with a dirt lot or a half-dead lawn and an overgrown arbor. But with a little help and some trendy amenities you should have no trouble designing the landscape that will meet all of your outdoor needs. Here are just a few tips for giving your backyard the modern makeover you’ve been dreaming of.
Modern home landscaping ideas
The first thing to do is determine what you have to work with. If you’ve got a beautiful old oak tree in the corner of the yard, for example, you might want to use it as a focal point by creating a seating area under the shady branches. Or if you’ve got a deck, consider how you might build on it with landscaping in order to transform it from a plain-Jane eyesore into the welcoming entertainment hub of your yard. Once you’ve decided on articles that may be salvaged it’s time to clear out dead plants, remove piles of rubble, cut away rotten or damaged fencing, and get to work planning your new space.
Planning a modern backyard landscape
The planning process is important since it can help you decide what to do on paper (or desktop) before you even put a dime into your outdoor overhaul. You can change your mind as many times as you want while planning without losing money in the process. So take your time here and make sure that you come up with a cohesive and appealing plan that suits your space, your style, and your budget. That said, there are a few things you’ll probably want to include. For example, you may want to set up zones in your yard, like a patio or deck for seating, a cooking area for your grill setup, terracing on a slope for your vegetable garden, islands or planters for special flora and fauna, or even a water feature. But you should also consider staples like fencing and lighting in your plan.
When it comes to the actual inception of your backyard renovation you’ll have to get down to the details. With detritus removed from the yard you can start by roping off areas for pavers or planting so that you can lay new sod or sprinkle grass seed. From there you’ll want to head to RTC landscaping and stonework (or your local nursery or hardware provider) to see about selecting plants and materials. In terms of decking, pavers, and planter boxes, try to stick with the style of your home, whether it’s modern or traditional. And as for plants, get a wide variety. Even if you opt to stick with native and drought-resistant plants that will have less environmental impact, you can still get plenty of flowers, bushes, and trees that offer a riot of color and scent, different vertical levels of growth, and even a screen from neighbors and noise. A lot goes into designing a modern landscape, but if you want to make the most of your backyard, it’s well worth the time, effort, and expense.