Being a homeowner is a big responsibility with plenty to take care of on the inside of your home and the outside, too. Unfortunately, hiring a professional landscaper can be expensive. However, a beautiful backyard doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a little effort and some creativity, you can have the outdoor space that you’ve dreamed about at an affordable price point. To help beautify your home’s yard, get to work with the following easy DIY landscaping ideas.
Pergolas and Other Structures
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Hardscaping is one of many landscaping basics that adds both visual interest and useful space to your yard. You can think of this concept as the use of hard items in landscaping such as decks, patios, pergolas, fountains, outdoor kitchens, and stone walkways. Many of these items are low maintenance and can last for years, especially if you plan first and use the right materials during construction.
Water features can transform a regular yard or garden into a tranquil and relaxing oasis. You can add many unique water features to your yard, such as koi ponds, birdbaths, waterfalls, stone and tabletop fountains, reflecting pools, and more. Some water features are artificially constructed and others can be made with a bit of time and creativity.
From a lush, green yard, to colorful flower boxes and borders, plants are a must-have addition to any outdoor area. For example, you can add a simple stone border and mulch to dress up plain and boring flower beds.
To get the most out of your garden in every season, be sure to add a variety of plants as well as plants with a purpose. Plant a mixture of ornamental and edible plants, as well as flowers, evergreens, and plants that offer color during the fall and winter. You can also add extra visual interest to your yard by using container gardens.
Making lighting a part of your landscaping not only adds beauty, but it also enables you to enjoy your outdoor paradise during the night. Consider adding soft accent lighting close to the ground or spotlights to make certain features stand out. Hang a thread of twinkling fairy lights to add a touch of whimsy or colored lights for a bit of mystic intrigue.
If you want to create a relaxing place where you can enjoy your surroundings while escaping from the world, then you’re going to want some privacy. You can use several techniques to create your own privacy. Some of the most popular ways to create a private oasis include planting tall hedges or thick bamboo, building a stone wall, creating a living wall, hanging curtains around a patio or pergola, and adding wood fences.
A well-kept yard is not only beautiful, but according to the HVAC professionals of Dalton Heating and Air, it also helps to cut energy costs and protect your HVAC system. Landscaping and landscape design don’t have to be difficult. With a few simple steps, you can have an outdoor oasis outside your front or back door.