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Small Backyard Designs

If you thought that landscaping and designing was only meant for long sprawling backyards, then you are wrong. Small backyards can be just as beautifully or perhaps even more beautifully designed to create a pleasant space for you and your family. If you have a small backyard which you want to renovate and transform into a useful and pleasant space attached to your home sweet home, then here are few useful tips on small backyard designs, which might help you. Just take your pick and transform your backyard area into a useful space for you and your family.

Finalizing the Backyard Design
Before you set out to pick a theme for your backyard it is very important to first tell you about the things that you will need to do before picking out a theme. Most of the time, since backyards are not frequently used for any specific purpose, everyday trash or junk from the house is dumped into the backyard. First of all, you need to get rid of piles of trash or junk that lie in your backyard. Having done that, if at all there are plants in the backyard, you need to decide whether it will go with the theme that you pick for your backyard.

If the plants and vegetation seem too shabby or unattended to, then it is always better to get rid of it and start from scratch. After cleaning out your backyard, you need to think of three important factors which will be instrumental in picking the design – the purpose for which you want to use your backyard, the style or theme which you want to incorporate and third and the most important point is the budget that you plan to go with.
Backyard Ideas for Small Spaces

There’s so much you can do to turn an ordinary spread of space into something you’ll be proud of upon transformation. A small backyard is not only easy to tend to, but ideal for the upcoming suggestions to spruce it up.
Let’s take a look at what you can do with your drab backyard area.

Backyards are an advantageous spot, being a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of city streets. Set up your backyard to take on the look of a meditative center, outside your home, where the air is fresh and the silence is welcoming. You can mow your lawn first and get rid of grass that’s gone wide, leaving behind a workable area. Set up yoga mats, an exercise ball, or even a couple of easy-to-move around exercise gear, that you can use whenever you feel the need to work up a sweat, or practice yoga/meditate.

You get these in all kinds of sizes to fit into your backyard. Based on the dimensions of your backyard, get an inflatable pool that is just the right size, so that it doesn’t take up too much space or get in anyone’s way. Kids these days should be encouraged to get out there and soak up some sun, as well as do something active than just while away hours in front of the television. They can always invite friends over, or the family could do something fun in the backyard for a change.

Backyard spaces can easily accommodate a mini kitchen, for those who prefer cooking in open-air spaces. You can always bring out your pots and pans when required, and keep food stored in the pantry before and after you cook. You could set up a barbecue station in your backyard, complete with picnic chairs and a table. Arrange everything in a way that suits your taste, where the tables should be a little far off from the barbecue grill to avoid fumes and the heat. It can be quite the setting to cook outdoors, instead of being holed up inside the house. Experiment with different sorts of seating arrangements from stone-made ensembles and folding chairs, to wicker-made furniture and wood finished sets.

In our fast-paced lives that need a desperate brake pedal to halt us every now and then, leisure not only takes the backseat, but the trunk. Lawn chairs, swings, and large bean bags can be set up in your backyard, where you can while away your Sunday reading, catching up with loved ones, sharing a drink with your partner, getting some shuteye, or sprawling out for a nice tan. On days when the sun’s too harsh, put up a wide umbrella big enough to cover the seating spot, to shade you/others from the light. This would come in handy on rainy days too.

Not a lot of people are keen to grow fruits/vegetables, being either lazy or not adventurous enough to try something new. With organic food being expensive, and health experts stressing on how obesity is going to kill us all one day, fresh produce is definitely the way to go. Take the time to do up your backyard and plant a variety of fruits/vegetables depending on the season. Watch how they grow and take form, as this is sure to push you to continue. Gardening is a beautiful, healthful, and relaxing way to spend your weekend, or a tiring day after work. Slip on those work gloves and get digging, because once you watch the seeds take form into flowering beauties, you’ll never look back. Backyards can really take on a wondrous makeover with flowers and plant life. Look for ways on how to expand and fill up your backyard with nature’s goodness.
These designs are sure to have you thinking up ways on how to change that space into something extraordinary, even if simple and pretty. Look up ways on how to do it up, and approach the idea with enthusiasm and creativity.

How to Landscape a Front Yard

The thumb rule for front yard landscape design is to tailor your yard to suit your level of commitment, interest and budget while keeping it tasteful. You can choose to make the yard either welcoming and friendly with natural settings or you can give it a formal, classic look. The thing to obviously keep in mind is that it should blend in with the architecture and style of your home. It is a good idea to plan how you would actually landscape the garden. A sketch of the plans might be a good idea as it helps in identifying the materials required and saves against any wastage and impulse buying.

Laying out the desired access paths to your house constitutes the first step of landscape gardening. As a matter of fact these access paths serve to mark the entire design and shape of the front yard. The predominant focus is obviously the driveways which will be used by you and your guests for driving up to the front door. In addition, walkways to the front and back doors should also be designed.
While designing the driveway, the shape and the driveway paving have to be taken into consideration. While the geometry of the driveways and the walkways may be curvilinear or straight, the driveway paving material is an individual choice. So you may choose a rustic look with loose stones or a firm driveway with asphalt. The driveway pavers can be included for the entire surface or may be used as design elements. You can either choose brick paver designs and patterns or granite and travertine patterns. In addition, decorative borders made of building material can decorate and add style to your driveway. For those wanting a fancy driveway, the natural bluestone set in concrete is an ideal choice.

Add a dash to your landscape by devising a theme. If you would like to deliver a soft, ethereal feel to your garden, it’s time to have a rose garden or a herb garden planned. If creating a tropical rather ‘hard-hitting’ feel to your landscape is the idea, include desert plants and bushes. A theme could also incorporate variegated hues of plants or may consider sporting a custom shade throughout.

This is one area of landscape gardening where you will burgeon with ideas. However selecting the perfect plants is quite a tedious and demanding job. For all those with absolutely no knowledge of gardening and plants, a few basic concepts might help ease you into the job. Choose plants of mature height for the foundation planting. Try to avoid plants which grow in height above your windows. In fact evergreen shrubs are an excellent idea.
A good idea for the garden are perennials which bloom year after year and are inexpensive as well as maintenance free. For those wanting a new look each year, try some annuals which give a burst of color for just one season.

While artificial colors do embellish your garden and add style, colorful flowers, shrubs and trees are excellent for beautifying and adding color to the garden. Try out showy plants that produce red leaves for adding splashes of color to your lawn.

Add visually stimulating objects, like, a bird house or a bird bath to the garden for attracting interesting wildlife. You can even try to add variety by placing containers of flowers on the front porch or the driveway. A great idea for the front yard is a separate sitting place, like a bench which you can place under a tree. You can also place limestone fountains and sculptures in an open lawn area.
Place a few potted plants and shrubs around the bench and you have the perfect outdoor place to seat your friends and family.
So what are you waiting for? Transform your typical patch of grass, mailbox, and garden flag front yard with these creative landscape ideas. Believe me, it will give your neighbors something to talk about for days.

How to Make a Flower Bed

Beverley Nichols said, “To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat”, and Antonio Porchia said “Flowers are without hope. Because hope is tomorrow and flowers have no tomorrow.” If you agree with Beverley Nichols, then you’re one of those who have been captivated by the breathtaking beauty and lilting fragrance of flowers and absolutely loved the experience. Flowers have that effect on people. And though Antonio Porchia may claim that they have ‘no hope’, we all know otherwise don’t we? Flowers have that uncanny ability to lift up anyone’s spirits and put them out of their misery, anger, grief, sadness and to add to their joys and celebrations! Seeing that flowers are so awesome (for lack of a better word? Not really), how would you like to make your own flowerbed and have some pretty blossoms at your doorstep, waiting to welcome you and all your guests? Great idea! Let’s see how you can go about doing that. This Buzzle article will give you an easy tutorial on how you can make and maintain your own flower bed. Let’s get on with it.

Choose the Spot
As you may have easily guessed, the first step in making your flower bed is deciding where you want it to be. For this, you need to take a good look around the exterior of your house. There are some important things that you need to consider before you decide on a spot. For instance, how much sunlight the place gets. You may already have an idea of what kind of flowers you want in your flower bed. So, you need to keep their sun and shade requirements in mind while choosing a spot for your flower bed. Also, you may want to check how visible the spot is from inside the house as well as from the gate or driveway. There’s no point in having a lower bed in some obscure corner of your backyard, which can be viewed only if you step into the yard. You’re going to a lot of trouble to make the flower bed. Might as well have it clearly visible! Once you’ve picked out the area where you want it in, you can mark it out using either a stone border, sand or have a small fence fixed around it.

Get Digging
After you’ve decided your location for the flower bed and have bordered it, you have to dig the area up. First, make sure that you remove all the grass, dirt, garbage (if any) and weeds that are present in the area. Use a shovel to dig up every inch of the intended flower bed and make the soil loose and free. You’ll come across clumps and stones for sure. Throw away the stones, and break up the clumps. If the soil seems too hard, you may want to wet it a bit and get the work done a little faster and with less effort. Once all the soil is dug up and loosened, use a rake and smoothen it out completely.

Gauge the Soil
Now, after you’ve made the bed area ready, you need to take a look at the soil to gauge how favorable it will be for the kind of flowers you want to grow. Take a sample of your soil and get it tested for its pH level and the content of other nutrients. You can get this done by using a soil testing probe that may be available at your local nursery. It will tell you what kind of soil you have. Using these results and the soil requirement information of the flowers that you intend to plant, you can compare and make the necessary amendments in the soil to suit the flowers you want to plant. (Note that you may not always have to make changes to your soil.)

Plant ’em In: After you have given the necessary treatment to the soil in the bed, and it has been absorbed by the soil, your bed is ready to be planted! Get the saplings or seeds out and begin planting them. You should have an idea of what you want the final result to look like. This will help you in planning the design of the flower bed. Generally, tall plants are planted in the background and short ones in the foreground to give it more visual appeal. However, you can try out new things like having a circular bed with tall plants forming the center and the shorter ones surrounding the tall ones. Or, you can also incorporate vines on trellises surrounding the bed, to give it an enclosed appearance from above. Whatever your choice is, make sure all the plants and flowers are clearly visible once they bloom.

Take Care: After you’ve planted them, all you have to do is wait and watch your flower bed come to life with its vibrant colors! You need to pay attention to the watering requirements of the plants. Also, if they need partial sun and shade, you can have a retractable shed above the bed (or simply have a green garden net hanging over it when it’s sunny). Mulching helps plants grow faster and healthier. So, you may want to try that out too!

So, are you ready to make your own flashy flower bed? What are you waiting for? Just use these ridiculously simple instructions and you’ll have your flower bed ready just in time for blooming season, depending on your hardiness zone. Be sure to keep that in mind too! Happy flowering!

Flower Bed Ideas

download-7There is no doubt that flowers are an integral part of any garden. They add color and beauty to the garden and no garden can be complete unless it is blooming with different flowers. But you need to make sure that you plan the design and layout of the garden in such a way that it showcases and enhances the beauty of the flowers. Planting a variety of flowers haphazardly in the garden will make your garden look shabby. So the best thing to do is to opt for flower beds. Flower beds are areas that are specially prepared for growing flowers. They are typically designed with an edging to highlight the flowers. Planning the design and layout of your flower beds is very important since different flowers need different care. Another important factor is the style of your home. The design of flower as well as your garden design should complement the architectural style of your home. Here we are going to discuss some ideas for designing flower beds.

Flower Bed Design Ideas

Before you start making flower beds, first decide on the kind of flower garden you want. Do you want a modern garden with clean structured design or a free-flowing country-style garden. If you live in a cottage or ranch, a country-style garden will look great. For a country-style garden, the flower bed designs can be more free-flowing and unstructured. Flower bed designs are basically of two types; flower bed borders and island flower beds.

Island Flower Beds: For island flower beds, the flower beds are individual beds which are planted in isolation with single colored blooms or different flowers of the same color. They are the main attraction of a garden and when done right can look quite stunning. Island flower bed designs are always done in a series of three or more flower beds for harmony and structure. The flower beds can be rectangular, round or oval-shaped.

Flower Bed Borders: Border flower beds as the name suggests are flower beds in which flowers are planted as borders for driveways and along the edges of the house. These flower bed borders are also planted along the perimeter of the fence where the fresh blooms soften up the look of a wooden or metal fence.

Tips for Designing a Flower Bed
Flower beds enhance the curb appeal of your home and makes your garden look lush and lovely. To create a visual impact with your garden, here are a few tips.

• When you decide on the kind of flower bed design you want for your garden, an important consideration that you cannot overlook is the kind of flowers that you are going to plant. The flowers that you choose to plant should bloom at the same time of the year for best results.

• There should be a harmony of colors, forms and textures of the flowers or your garden will not look good. You can either choose a cool color palette or a warm color palette while choosing the flower colors.

• If you are going for a warm color palette then red, orange and yellow looks quite enticing and these colors also work well together. They complement each other and are harmonious. If you are going for cool colors for flower bed then try a mix of lavender, green and blue colored blooms for the flower bed design.

• Combining small flowers with very large ones does not work well in a flower bed. As far as possible opt for flowers that are of similar size and form.

• Having said that, there are no hard and fast rules in flower bed designs, and you can certainly try planting flowers in contrasting colors as well as flowers of different sizes. Petunias and Geraniums are some good flowers that you can plant in your flower bed.

• If you are looking for raised flower bed ideas then a good idea is to go for different heights in flowers. Raised flower beds give you the flexibility to have flowering plants with different heights and this gives the garden more interest.

These were some ideas for flower bed designs. A well planned and well executed flower bed design and flower garden layout can enhance the beauty of your landscaping project and give your garden a natural look. Flowers like hydrangea, crocus, lavender, roses, geranium, heather, iris, amaryllis, gladiolus and begonia are ideal for small flower beds as they give the best results. Whether you incorporate flower bed designs in the form of borders or islands, they can add beauty and elegance to your garden.