Beautifying Your Backyard

backyard fire pit

With warm months fast-approaching, it’s time to think about sprucing up the yard. You want your property to serve as a little slice of paradise, so what should you include in your backyard design? 

Backyard Design Ideas

It’s a good idea to consult a landscaper if you plan to start fresh with your backyard; they can help you determine the best use of space and come up with a design that incorporates your priorities.

Popular Backyard Design Ideas

If you’re not sure what to include in your backyard, consider some of the following. A combination of some of these design ideas will transform your backyard from bland to breathtaking in the matter of a season.

Backyard Shade Ideas

Consider enhancing the shade in your backyard. There are a number of ways to offer shade in your yard without sacrificing style or views. A pergola or a gazebo are each open-air structures that can provide shade while still leaving your backyard feeling open. An arbor, while not primarily for shade, can offer a place for climbing plants to grow, providing seasonal shade.

Backyard Recreation Ideas

Having a backyard with recreation opportunities is a great way to encourage loved ones to spend time together and stay active during vacation season. Depending on your needs, you might want to include some or all of these backyard design ideas in your master plan:

  • Fire Pit: Gather ‘round as a family and roast s’mores together in the cool evening hours, or relax with friends for a chat.
  • Play Structure: Backyard playsets have come a long way, and they no longer have to be an eyesore in your yard. From simple swing sets to structures that include slides, climbing walls, and playhouses, a play structure is a great way to keep the kids entertained.
  • Pool/Hot Tub: If you have the room, a pool or hot tub is a great addition to your backyard. Relax, exercise and play, all without having to leave home.

Beautifying Your Backyard

To help make your backyard a beautiful place, talk to the Cottonwood Landscape team about elements that bring structure, color and ambiance to your space.

  • While you may initially just think of grass, trees and other plants when designing a backyard, it’s important to remember hardscapes as well. Adding a patio, pavers and decking can improve the look and feel of your yard. Be sure to think about seating areas, whether they’re built-in or free-standing.
  • Water features are another simple way to add to the beauty of your yard. If you have a small space you can add a simple birdbath or self-contained pond. Other water feature options we love are streams, fountains, and waterfalls.
  • Whether you’re starting your landscaping from scratch or just sprucing up your backyard, don’t forget about outdoor lighting. Draped from a pergola or affixed to the side of your home, lighting can make your backyard an inviting outdoor space even after the sun goes down.

With these design ideas, you’re ready to tackle your outdoor space! Give our team a call when you’re ready to start!

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