When defining a backyard, the area extends from the back of your primary residential structure to the rear property line. In other words, it's the land that you ... well, have out back! This can include anything from grassy fields to swimming pools, patio areas, gardens, or even a place to store your garden tools. By including various features, you can create a beautiful and functional space perfect for relaxation, parties or anything in between.
Oh, you're in for a treat! In case you didn't know it, "front yard" usually refers to the outdoor space typically located at the front of your house, often covered in green grass, where the neighbours can all marvel at your beautiful flowers (or not!).
On the other hand, the backyard is an area in more secluded parts of your property where you can enjoy a refreshing drink by the pool, sip a cup of coffee in the comfort of your private garden, or even have a barbecue party with your loved ones!
It's worth mentioning that the words "yard" and "garden" have common roots in their linguistic history and overlapping meanings today.
It's a common misconception that "yard" and "garden" are interchangeable terms; while they both refer to outdoor spaces, they're quite distinct. Specifically, a yard is an open land area surrounding a house, while a garden is an intentionally cultivated space for growing plants and flowers. Considering that, it's easy to see why they often get confused. I hope this clears it up!
Now that we all have a better distinction of what makes a backyard let's talk about other important factors to consider when landscaping it. It doesn't really matter what you will call your outdoor space, whether it is acres or just a few square feet, the following considerations will help you get the most out of it:
1. Aesthetics - You want to make sure that the design of your yard is pleasing to the eye and complements the style of your home. Consider elements such as colours, shapes, and textures. For example, if your yard is only visible to you and anyone that visits, you may want to go with a natural and subtle look because it will be more relaxing. You may want to go with a more elaborate and colourful design for a front yard or backyard facing the street. This is because you want to make a good impression on the people who pass by. The value of your home can also increase with premium landscaping! Your neighbours will also appreciate your input and some effort into the streetscape.
2. Functionality - Think about what activities you would like to do in your yard and plan for them accordingly. Planting trees and shrubs for shade, adding a patio for outdoor dining, or installing walkways are all examples of functional landscape elements. For example, if you plan to have a pool in your backyard, ensure that the area is large enough to accommodate it and that there's enough space for people to move around without feeling cramped. If you have kids and want to create a playground, you should consider a type of safe turf for them to play on. Your kid might want a half-court basketball area or a trampoline that requires enough space. A functional space like this can provide your family and friends hours of entertainment!
3. Climate and Weather - Consider the local climate and weather conditions when planning your landscaping. For instance, if you live in a place with cold winters and hot summers, you might want to choose plants that are hardy enough to withstand these conditions. Plants that can handle strong winds may be best for your backyard landscaping if you live in a rainy and windy area. Understanding your area's climate and weather conditions will help you choose plants that can thrive throughout the year.
3. Maintenance - Different types of plants and materials require varying maintenance levels. Consider your ability to care for the yard and choose wisely. Low-maintenance plants, such as succulents, may be best for people who don't have a lot of time on their hands. On the other hand, if you have more time and resources to invest, you can choose plants that require frequent maintenance, such as palms or ferns. Additionally, materials such as gravel don't require much maintenance and can be a great alternative to grass lawns.
5. Safety - Ensure your yard is safe for the entire family, especially if your children play there often. Avoid sharp objects, install fences where necessary, and consider lighting for darker areas. For example, if you plan to have a stamped concrete patio, use non-slip surfaces so that it's safe for people to walk on. A great way to increase safety is to create a seating area around the fire pit so that everyone can stay warm by the fire without having to worry about getting burned. Another consideration is to ensure that there are no hidden hazards, such as exposed nails or slippery surfaces.
By taking the time to consider these factors and plan ahead, you can create a beautiful and functional landscape that fits your lifestyle and enhances the value of your home. Your backyard space is an extension of your home and should be treated respectfully. With some planning, you can create the perfect outdoor oasis for your family!
Greenfig Landscaping is the perfect choice for landscaping on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. We offer a wide range of services, from design to installation and everything in between. Contact us today for a free consultation! We look forward to transforming your outdoor space into the perfect outdoor oasis. Get started today!
What is environmental landscape?
Landscape means the natural and physical attributes of land together with air and water which change over time and which is made known by people's evolving perceptions and associations [such as beliefs, uses, values and relationships]