Four Great Solutions
Gone are the days of newly built homes sitting adrift on a large expanse of lawn; large backyard gardens with barren landscaping bar the rotary clothesline and a lone citrus tree!
These days homeowners are full of ideas and are are keen to maximise every square metre of their expensive urban real estate. Fortunately, there is an abundance of inspiring backyard landscaping ideas to choose from, regardless of whether you have a tiny back garden to transform or a vast, empty rear garden space to fill.
Backyard Ideas to maximise space
It’s rare to find a perfectly flat backyard so using some form of retaining to create flat usable spaces is a good first step. This can be part of a clever solution to maximise space in the garden or an outdoor living area. A popular backyard landscaping idea, especially in small gardens, is to make your walls the same height as a seat (around 450mm - 500mm high) and with a capping that is wide enough to sit on.
Landscaping for Uneven Yards
Uneven yards can be a real challenge and cost-effective landscaping ideas include making use of the change in height, such as creating a terraced back yard. This can reduce the need for extensive excavation and retaining structures and has spatial benefits, as even a small change in height will make a garden seem bigger. A step up or down from a patio or deck to a lawn is a great way to mark a change in function too, such as from an entertaining space into a backyard play zone or open lawn space. A comfortable step height is around 180-190mm so be guided by your site levels as to how many steps are right to make the transition from one terrace to the next.
Ideas for Low Maintenance
Even if the garden already has a deck or patio this doesn’t mean that there can’t be a second garden space dedicated to alfresco dining or outdoor living and entertaining. This is one of the best backyard landscaping ideas to consider if a low maintenance garden is desired or for those struggling for garden inspiration for what to do with a large empty space. Make it feel different from your existing outdoor living space by using a different style of furniture such as casual chairs around a firepit or with a change in surface material. Best low-maintenance solutions are easy-care surfaces such as paving or tiles on a concrete slab, or an area of decorative concrete.
Landscaping for Lawn lovers
A swathe of healthy green lawn is a beautiful thing and is one of the most cost-effective ways to cover a large garden space. A great landscaping idea for the lawn lovers amongst us who want to push the design envelope and do not mind a bit of extra maintenance, is to incorporate paving or hardscape detail into the turf. A transition between areas of paving and lawn using a checker board effect is fun, interesting to look at, and multi-purpose. A less functional idea that is worth considering for decorative interest, is to use bands of concrete or paving to create shapes or lines which break up the lawn and create visual, such as a circular detail within a larger lawn.
Garden designers are a great source of inspiration and landscaping ideas. DIYdesigns offers a Partial Garden Design Concept for a fixed price, and this is a great way to get your backyard landscaping project underway.