1. Create An Outdoor Patio
If you’re ready to really enjoy your backyard again, with a low or no-mow setup then installing a patio can be a great investment! In just a couple of days you can turn your outdoor living space into a space for entertaining.
You can use flagstones, bricks, or pavers to create your patio, we recommend investing in high-quality materials that are weather-resistant.
You don’t have to just stop at the brand new patio, why not make it a space for entertaining guests? You could add an outdoor fireplace or furniture to really add to your space. Whatever you choose, it will certainly give the backyard a new look you’ll love.
To build your own patio, you’ll need gravel or limestone paver base, sand, and your choice of patio material. Bricks, pavers, or flagstones all create sturdy and attractive stone patio designs.
When planning your DIY patio project, save yourself some work and choose a pattern that doesn’t require cutting the patio material. Bricks or pavers in straight or gently curving patterns typically work well for an easy DIY patio. Flagstones, with their irregular shapes, are ideal for an informal patio with natural appeal.
2. Add A Small Retaining Wall
Carving out a slope in your landscape can help seperate your garden and add space for an entertaining area. If you have a steep slope that makes part of your garden unusable, it can be useful to add a retaining wall to your garden to increase the useable space. Do-it-yourselfers with a little experience can usually complete walls less than 1m but it’s important to recognize when it’s time to call in a professional. Before you start this project—or any landscaping project—call your local dial before you dig to have workers come out and mark buried utilities so you don’t accidentally disrupt those. This federally mandated national number was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on projects that require digging.
3. Add A Path Or Widen an Existing Path
As a landscape designer, one of my favorite topics of garden design and backyard landscaping is the garden path! A well thought out and lovingly created garden path makes a garden come alive. It guides us to experience the magic and beauty of a garden fully.
If you already have an existing path, widening your path can help give you more patio space and reduce the need for mowing and other garden maintenance.
Here are a couple of ideas on the different types of paths you could add:
Stone paths are perfect if you are going for a natural look. They come in different sizes and textures so each stone is unique. Stones last forever and will age beautifully and are a great addition to any garden!
Another cool way of doing paths is with pavers. These are stones cut in the shape of rectangular bricks and lined up and placed together tightly. These paths can be incredibly durable and sustain heavy abuse. Depending on the size of your path you can create magnificent designs just by how you place the bricks.
Paver and Pebble Garden Path
For this type of path you need paver stones and pebbles (or you could use gravel or mulch). Unlike a traditional paver stone path this path uses square tile like stones (often called flagstones). You can place them evenly along the path and fill the gaps with pebbles. To make the stones stand out, its a good idea to use a different shade of stone from the pebbles.
Flagstone is a great natural material to use for garden or lawn paths. It usually comes in a reddish or orange colour that blends well in the greenery. Use a variety of stone sizes and then put the path together like a jigsaw puzzle and use the gravel to fill in the gaps.
3. Install A Pool
Transform your house into a luxury resort. Adding a pool, whilst expensive, can be a great way to occupy the space your dying lawn was using.
4. Add a Courtyard
Sometimes breaking up your entertainment area with a gravel courtyard can help create a more welcoming and inviting area to invite guests and relax.
5. Start A Garden
Why not put your backyard to work? Replace your time-consuming dying lawn with brand new garden beds! After removing your turf, add rows of garden beds, or stand up metal or wooden garden beds and plant any of your preferred vegies, fruits or plants.
While it can be hard to figure out why your grass isn’t growing or to try and change your landscape so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of grass maintenance hopefully this article shows that there are solutions!
If you’re looking for help putting together the perfect design for your new backyard, or are after help with your garden maintenance, contact us and we will organise a completely free garden consultation and quote!