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Guideline on Landscaping Your Backyard

Updated on October 17, 2013


Landscaping, or planning a garden, is typically is a rather large duty, consuming a great deal of your time and. Here are a few tips which could save you both considerable time and money.


Tips on Landscaping your Backyard

Take some time thinking on what your final design precisely should be. Take into consideration the style and purpose of your landscaping activity. Focusing on which part of your garden you spend most of your time in a good place to start thinking about. What do you want to see in your garden? Should a barbeque, or entertainment area be included? How about a swimming pool, a pond or any other area for children to play at? Having a basic idea about the plants you’d prefer is also useful have.

Don’t hire a pro if you are only going to do basic landscaping. You can get ideas from the Internet and from nurseries for free, saving you hundreds of dollars. On the other hand, in cases of more complex plans and “roadblocks” (such as a steep ground) you should hire a pro to avoid any costly mistakes. 

Your home’s style should also be considered. Small rural buildings do not fit well with a baroque Chateau garden. Also consider your lifestyle; do you have time for constant care of your garden, do you enjoy gardening, do you want a garden that doesn’t require much work Think also about your lifestyle. What it boils down to is that you should have a garden landscaping that best fits you and your habits. 

Landscape Styles


Formal garden styles use geometrical shapes, especially straight lines. The plants are all planted in an orderly and planned fashion, not randomly. Pruning and arrangement is a regular job in these kinds of landscapes. Close arrangement and pruning is seen on many landscaped gardens with this style

Informal Backyard


English Garden

English Gardens focus on a comprehensive view of the architecture of the building and of the structure of the garden. This means, for example, that plants that grow to a certain height are planted in certain parts of the garden. In many cases, the house and the landscape of English gardens are both planned before the actual construction and landscaping of the house and the garden is started.


English Backyard


In contrast to formal landscaped gardens, informal gardens are not as planned out, and form throughout the years on an ad hoc basis. Usually informal gardens are dominated by curved lines not straight ones. The plants are not selected to match each other and the layout of the garden as much. This is usually the type of landscaping chosen for small rural cottages.


Formal/Informal Backyard


Formal/Informal Garden

This type of landscaping often comes with block pathways, which exudes formality. These pathways lead to the back with a circle of plants. The arrangement of vegetation resembles the English garden style, but it has no formal borders.

Oriental Backyard



Oriental gardens most often are located at backyards. These types of gardens include fountains and/or ponds, evergreen plants, and rocks placed in a predefined fashion. Many different plants are included in oriental gardens.


Woodland gardens are suitable for gardens in the neighborhood of forests. If the ground surface of the garden or backyard is very sloped, woodlands style is also fitting. These types of gardens are dominated by trees and shrubs.


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