Why Professional Landscaping is a Must for Your Backyard

beautifully landscaped backyard patio

When it comes to backyard design, many homeowners feel like they can take on the project themselves. After all, it’s just a backyard, right? Wrong! A well-designed backyard is an extension of your home and should be treated as such.

Professional landscaping can help you create a backyard that is not only beautiful but also functional and enjoyable year-round, regardless of the weather. Here are some of the benefits of professional landscaping for your backyard from Cottonwood Landscapes.

Designers Know the Trends

Do you know the 2022 trends for backyard design? Probably not. But our professional backyard designers do! They stay up-to-date on all the latest trends so you don’t have to. Here’s what homeowners are currently looking for when it comes to creating a backyard that’s inviting and functional:

Backyard Oasis

In today’s market, backyard design is all about creating an oasis. Homebuyers are looking for a backyard that is both beautiful and functional. They want a space where they can entertain guests, cook meals, and relax. Here’s what homeowners want most in their backyard oasis:

  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Fire features
  • Outdoor “rooms”

Cottonwood Landscapes designers can help you define your space and incorporate some of the most sought-after features of any good oasis, ranging from water features to shade structures.

Increased Value

A well-designed backyard can add thousands of dollars to the value of your home. So, if you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future, professional landscaping is a must! 

What adds the most resale value to a backyard?

  • A pool
  • A deck or patio
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Established plantings and gardens

Functionality in All Weather

Another way to add substantial value to a backyard is to make it functional and enjoyable year-round, regardless of the weather. That means you need more than just a patio and some chairs. You need a backyard that can be enjoyed in all seasons, rain or shine. Here are some features Cottonwood Landscapes recommends to make your backyard livable and loveable year-round in Utah:

  • A pergola or gazebo
  • Permanent or portable outdoor heaters
  • A fireplace or fire pit
  • A built-in seating area 
  • Heated pool 
  • Covered outdoor kitchen 
  • Hot tub 
  • Putting green 

We can help design and install all these features and more.

Sustainable Backyard Design

Another important element of backyard design is sustainability. Not only is it a trend that we hope is here to stay, but it’s a factor that can help save money.

What is sustainable backyard design?

A sustainable backyard is designed and built with the environment in mind. It uses materials that are environmentally friendly and it conserves water. 

Some examples of sustainable backyard design features include: 

  • Rain gardens
  • Native plants
  • Permeable paving 
  • Composting areas
  • Solar lighting  

Not sure what types of plants are considered native where you live? Check out our blog post HERE that not only lists tips for water-wise planting in Utah, but also some specific vegetation that does well in our state. From perennials to types of grass, we can help you get the look you want while still considering sustainability.

The benefits of a sustainable backyard design are many, but some of the most important ones are: 

  • Save money on your utility bills 
  • Conserve our natural resources 
  • Help preserve our environment for future generations

You’ll also save money on the plants you have installed in your yard because they’re designed to thrive in your environment with less maintenance from you.

Reframe Your Thinking: Landscaping is an Investment, Not an Expense 

It’s important to remember that professional landscaping is an investment, not an expense. The initial investment may be higher than if you were to do the work yourself, but the return on investment will be significant. Not to mention, you’ll save yourself time, money, and stress in the long run.

Even if you never sell your home, the cost per use of your backyard features goes down each time you step outside and enjoy what your space has to offer.



Whether you’re looking to create a backyard oasis, add value to your home, or be more sustainable, professional landscaping is a must. At Cottonwood Landscapes, we can help you achieve all of your backyard design goals. Contact us today to get started!

Cottonwood Landscapes is your source for premier landscaping in Utah.

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