Plan Your Spring Landscape

Does your backyard feel like wasted space? It doesn’t have to – you just need the right landscape design to suit your needs. Make plans now to transition your landscape this spring with the help of a landscape designer.

Landscape Design Ideas

Sometimes the hardest part about landscaping your yard is finding the right ideas you need to begin the project. Get inspired by these landscape design ideas for back yards with different purposes.

A Backyard Made for Entertaining

Make your backyard the setting for summertime parties by including these features:

  • Hardscaped surfaces to place tables and chairs
  • A fire pit and other sources of outdoor lighting and heat for fun after dark
  • A large gate to bring in tables, chairs, tents and more
  • A grill or an all-out kitchen to prepare food outdoors while surrounded by party guests

A Backyard for the Family

Give every family member a place to enjoy in the back yard with these features:

  • Safe play area for the kids including a jungle gym, swing set and sand box
  • Hammock for teens to enjoy a good book on a lovely afternoon
  • Seating area for adults to soak up the outdoors and keep an eye on the kids
  • Fenced in yard for privacy and safety

A Low-Maintenance Back Yard

If you want to enjoy a serene outdoor setting without much work, include these features in your back yard:

  • Native plants, trees and grass
  • Xeriscaped and hardscaped areas that don’t require pruning, mowing or watering
  • Covered seating area to keep outdoor furniture in good shape longer

Spring Landscape Planning

Having an idea of what you might want to include in your new backyard gives you a good starting point, but putting your plan to paper is a crucial part of making your design ideas a reality. Follow these landscape planning tips to help you and your landscape designer get on the same page.

Create a Basic Grid

Measure the dimensions of your backyard with an industrial measuring tape. Transfer these dimensions to graph paper or input them into a computer design tool, such as Google Sketchup. Plot the positions of fixtures you don’t want to change, such as trees, sidewalks, buildings, driveways and similar items.

Play Around with Ideas

To envision multiple concepts, make a few copies of your basic grid or use tracing paper so you can play around with ideas. Insert a patio, garden, water fountain, pool and furniture where you want them to go in multiple potential layouts. Don’t forget to keep logistics in mind as you play around. Where will the irrigation system go? How will you run electricity to the lights and pond pump? Are stone steps practical, or do you really need a ramp?

Draw the Final Plan

If you have artistic skills, go all the way by rendering your own final landscaping plan. If not, this is the time to bring your landscape designer to the table. Show the designer your ideas from the previous step so he can create a final plan from your sketches. Whether you draw your own final plan or let the designer handle this step, he’ll certainly have input regarding the topography of your back yard and whether your ideas are feasible. Then your landscape designer can help you choose specific plants, hardscape materials and more to ensure your back yard meets your specific needs.

To work with a knowledgeable landscape and hardscape design company, please contact The Grounds Guys®. We can help you accomplish exactly what you have in mind for your backyard this spring.

For Further Reading:

Conserve Water with Xeriscaping Techniques

Preparing for Spring: Planting Annuals & Splitting and Replanting Perennials

Spring Gardens: A Canvas of Color

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