now browsing by category


Backyard Design Ideas For Small Inner City Units

If your outdoor space is nothing more than a tiny fenced backyard in an inner city, it can still look as beautiful as that of a larger unit. Even though the small space makes it easier to decorate, there may be some challenges if you want to place a swimming pool or a jungle gym for the children in the backyard.

Grassy Backyard

Landscaping Ideas for a Small Backyard

When it comes to landscaping in a small space, there are several options. Depending on the amount of space you are dealing with, you could plant a small flower or vegetable garden. If there is not enough space, you can make container gardens. Container gardens are very easy to start and quite easy to care for. Simply fill plant boxes or large flower pots with potting soil. You can start the gardens with seeds, or for a faster result, you can pot young plants which have already started to grow into the planters. If you intend to mix different types of plants in one pot or plant box, be sure that these plants are compatible with each other.

How to Use Pavers in a Grassy Backyard

For an all-grass backyard, use large pavers to give you and your guests a place to walk without disturbing the grass. Place them in a straight pattern from the back door to the end of the backyard. Concrete pavers, brick, flagstone, or other types of stone can be used. You can also install enough to actually create a sidewalk between both sides of the grass. If you are using this method, be sure to grout the seams between the stones or bricks to give it a finished look.

Water Fountains as Landscaping for a Small Backyard

Water fountains come in many styles and sizes. No matter how small your backyard is, there is a style that will fit in with your landscaping. If your backyard is extremely tiny, there are fountains that can be placed on the wall. Water fountains add a touch of beauty and romance to your entire backyard setting.

Furnishings for Your Small Backyard

Even the tiniest backyards have enough space to add a comfortable seating area. You can place a small bistro set in a cozy corner of your backyard. If you have an outdoor deck, you can probably add even more seating. A glider or swing set will add more seating to the space, if you have enough room for them. A small gazebo or large umbrella will help keep you and your guests dry on rainy days.

The Small Backyard on a Hill

If you have a house on a hill, and you may have special challenges when it comes to decorating your backyard. Do not worry, there is a solution for that, too. A mixture of succulents, and hardy tropical plants that can withstand colder winter temperatures will make lovely clusters. Make several clusters going down the slope of your backyard. Place gravel or colored stones between the clusters for a stunning effect.

Written by Lachlan G.

Lachlan runs a construction business for his dad. Being a newcomer in the industry Lachlan has quickly acquired some great product knowledge, ranging from choosing the right steel suppliers, mild steel processing, to the latest green technology for building eco homes. Lachlan loves DIY and spends most of his weekend in his workshop.

Decorating Your Garden Without Spending as Much

Decorating your garden adds character and color to it. Though there is nothing wrong in just keeping your garden as it is without much decoration, adding more to it can occasionally impress guests. Remember, people sometimes tend to associate how clean and decorative a place is to the person who owns them. This also tells them if the person is creative and or someone who cares about impressions.

However, you do not need to spend much when you are decorating your garden. There are alternatives available which you can definitely go for if you are concerned about your budget. One of the first things that you may consider is putting some candle lighting in your garden. Not only does it brighten up the mood in your garden, it also adds some romantic atmosphere to it. Furthermore, supplies of candles can last for a month. And this keeps you from paying more towards electricity since you are utilizing candles rather than light bulbs in your garden. You can never go wrong as well with using scented candles.

Elegant Garden Torches by

Elegant Garden Torches by

There is also the option of utilizing standing torches. Like candles, this helps you save electricity. You easily purchase these from any garden store nearby and the oil to keep them burning is also affordable. You can also go for rice lamps. Rice lamps are popular in Asia and you can hang them on the branches of trees or any high structure. Not only do they illuminate your garden well but it also gives that fresh atmosphere in your garden.

You also have the option of checking various products online. Some shops online may offer you discounts and bundles which can be very affordable for you. Remember, your garden should not only be that stereotypical garden but rather, it should be a place which also represents a part of your character.

Cleaning Your Garden

Gardening is a great and productive hobby. The feeling of growing a variety of plants that you can also eat through your own effort is very rewarding. However, you should also know how to take care of your garden. Gardening is not only about planting seeds and watering plants but it is also about keeping your garden clean and decent.

Keep Your Garden Clean and Beautiful

Keep Your Garden Clean and Beautiful

One of the first things that you have to know is how to prune roots. Rest assured that it is an easy task and will not get you panting as if you had a rigorous exercise. There are actually three ways to go about pruning shrubs. Making a tree or plant suitable for transplanting purpose is one of the things that you can do. Not doing so in advance can be damaging to the poor shrub. Utilizing a spade with a sharp edge and making a straight cut around the perimeter of the shrub or tree is the first step. This cut should be at least sixteen or even eighteen inches from the plant’s roots and stalk.

On the other hand, the cut needs to be further away from the central stalk if the plant in question is bigger than a shrub. After doing so, you have to allow the plant to regenerate its damaged roots so that it can regain its vitality. Make sure that you water the plant and give it fertilizer thoroughly for a month or so.

Weeding is also one way of cleaning your garden though mulching has become a preferable option for gardeners these days. Weeding works better to keep young plants from being suffocated by the weeds. And last but not the least, keeping your garden cleans means making sure that there are no pests wander off to it. Keeping your plant under the good old sun for a period of time and preventing the accumulation of moisture are a sure way of keeping pests under control. Remember that gardening is not just about planting but also knowing how to keep them safe and clean.

Landscaping Design

When you are designing a landscape, there are seven important principles that you have to keep in mind. These are unity, balance, proportion, focalization or emphasis, sequence or transition, rhythm, and repetition. Unity refers to the interrelationship of all the elements in the design as well as having one common and consistent theme. Balance is important because it gives the landscape equilibrium and there are three methods that this can be achieved. These can be through formal balance, informal balance and radial balance. Formal balance is when the mass, weight and or number of objects on both sides are the same. Informal balance is when the design gives a feeling of visual balance but each side is not the same. A radial balance on the other hand focuses on a central point.

Landscape Design: Japanese Tea Garden

Landscape Design: Japanese Tea Garden

Proportion refers to the relationship of a landscape design’s parts as a whole in terms of size. Focalization or emphasis brings the person’s attention to one central portion of the landscape. Sequence or transition gives the element of visual progression or movement. Rhythm entices a person to focus from one portion of the design to another. This element removes any confusion from the design. Repetition on the other hand as the word implies, is the repetitive use of objects or elements which have similar shape, color, form or texture. Just be mindful not tp overdo these principles to avoid destroying the essence of the design.