10 tips for landscaping your backyard

Plant, and you will reap. 

As a beginner, you might not know the plants and their season, proper gardening practices, and the right amount of water and fertilizers. It may seem a lot of work for just growing a landscape garden. 

But Landscaping is more than a beautified green yard space. It is your garden, carved out from planting, replanting, growing flowers and fruits; it is your yard space of comfort and happiness. Your plants will welcome you every morning with dewy leaves and fresh flowers of every color that you like. You may spend hours looking after the delicate beauties of your backyard, watering, trimming leaves and branches. 

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As a beginner, you might take time to synchronize your pace with the plants and their growth. But as you spend more time with your hands in the mud, you will love the experience and enjoy gardening in your backyard. 

Here are tips for building a landscape that will become your comfort zone:

  1. Observe your space: The beauty of your landscape will depend on several factors like the region you live in, location, and space available to you. While the region’s climate will influence the type of plants and trees you will grow in your yard, the plants’ health and the growth rate will depend on the microclimate created in your yard. 
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  • Widely classified as full sun exposure, partial shade, shade, and deep shade, the climate in your backyard must be optimum for growth. So spend some time in your yard to determine which part receives sunlight, which part is in the shade. 
  • Notice the slope and water flow to design a drainage system according to the land’s natural slope. 
  1. Keeping it simple: think about the purpose of the yard; will it host parties? Will it be for kids to play? Will it be hosting lunch and dinner parties? Here, you develop the theme of your landscape. It will influence the plants and structure of your garden; you must customize it according to its purpose. 
    1. Kids’ gardens will not include pots and plants that might harm them.
    2. A Garden party requires clear space and trees that provide shade and cool. It must be near the house door for easy access. 
    3. Lunch party calls for a table to set down the dishes and comfortable chairs for seating of at least half a dozen people. 
    4. You may keep it flexible by adding neutral props and multipurpose yard furniture and plants that set a green, calm vibe. 
  1. Choose the right plants:
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Your lawn is part of the landscape, but it does not complete the yard itself. You must include plants and trees that set the landscape right. If you are a beginner: start small, do not plant hastily. Take your time to build your gardening skills and eventually develop your garden. 

  • A beautiful garden of flowers requires high maintenance; a vegetable garden might be your calling or fresh herbs for your kitchen from your yard. You can decide the plants under the theme of your yard. 
  • Plants and trees will surround your yard and will be the main attraction. You can carve out a gravel way and line it with potted flowers or a night lamp in the middle will wildflowers: work your plants around your theme and landscape. 
  1. Garden props and paraphernalia
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You might want to store the garden equipment, fertilizers, watering can in the garden itself but want it to be concealed. Invest in a small outdoor cupboard with a woody texture to fit the landscape and hold all your garden equipment. Or you can reuse empty crates or old furniture for the same. 

  • You might want yard furniture to enjoy the luscious green in your yard. You can spend your evenings and early mornings enjoying wine or coffee in your gorgeous landscaped yard. 
  1. Watering right: once your landscape is built, you must take good care of your yard. Your lawn requires tons of water twice a day if it’s summer. Stay close to the water connection to enable easy access to water the plants and trees. 
  • It is vital that you water the roots and not the leaves and flowers; it may give rise to mold and fungus growth. Thus, installing an irrigation system waters the soil and roots for higher water retention and lower evaporation rate. Irrigation Perth requires a viable technique to water the plants effectively to conserve water in the long term.
  • Speaking of water, you can add a water element in your yard like a pond, small lake, or a spring-fall to your yard; you may make it the centerpiece for your landscape and build your yard around it. 
  1. Weeding the extra
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The extra grass that grows around the plants/trees and absorbs the nutrition and water meant for the plants themselves restricts the growth and consumes space, crowding the trees and plants. Weeding helps free the soil and aerate it for oxygen and water exchange. Weeding ensures that your garden plants receive the nourishment meant for them. 

  • You can cover the soil to protect it from exposure, be it a lawn cover or blanketing mulch. Mulch is finely powdered wood that retains moisture to keep the soil from evaporating water molecules. 
  1. Keep an eye on bugs: bugs are capable of infesting the yard and plants as fast as within a day. They multiply in population and travel from plant to plant, infesting the tree and damaging its structural integrity. It would help if you protected your yard with consistent pesticide spray and trimming away the infested branches and parts that are beyond recovery. 
  2. Fertilizers: fertilizers promote growth and supply extra nutrients that help plants grow, blossom and fruit. Organic fertilizers are made of kitchen waste containing vegetable leaves and waste; dead leaves decompose to improve soil composition. 
  1. Trimming and pruning
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Dead branches, infested parts, or dead ends can restrict tree and shrub growth. Trimming and pruning refer to getting rid of these parts to promote healthy plant growth and strengthen its steam. 

  1. Be patient: give your plants time and supply them with energy and food to grow without restriction. Wait for the plants to adjust to the microenvironment and grow without borders. You can expand your space over time and include more trees and plants till you run out of yard space. 


Landscaping is not an overnight job; you require planning and implementing the same that may take time and effort. Your yard will test your gardening hobby, and you will learn that plants require much more than water and sunlight. At the same time, you must enjoy the process and allow your yard time to bloom with flowers and green shoots that make your backyard come to life.


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