Data shows that living in a home with a close proximity to good green spaces matters to us: in fact, 63% of respondents in a recent survey said they’d be willing to pay more for an apartment or house if it was located in such an area. For many people, having a backyard to call their own is an integral part of the American dream. But that doesn’t always mean that every backyard is ideal. Some yards are rather quirky, with odd angles and unconventional shapes. These yards can certainly prove a challenge in terms of landscape ideas. However, they can still become amazing outdoor living spaces that your family will love to use. You just need to know how to make these strange and potentially awkward spaces work for you. In today’s post, we’ll talk about how to landscape in these areas and transform them from odd to outstanding.
PROBLEM: A sloped backyard
SOLUTION: Work with it, not against it. Of course, you could try to level your backyard — which might be important for landscaping projects like ponds, pools, or irrigation systems. But if you don’t need to level it, why not be creative with what you’ve already got? Introduce natural stone steps to create an enchanting and safe pathway downhill or create some multi-level terraces to add usable living space and visual interest. By adding these hardscaping elements, you’ll make for a more textural and alluring experience and make sure this part of your yard is actually functional.
PROBLEM: Weird angles, nooks, and crannies
SOLUTION: Fill it up and make a statement. If you’ve got some awkward corners or a crevice that you aren’t exactly sure how to fix, don’t fret. Work with your experienced landscapers to introduce some beautiful plants, flowers, or rocks to accent the space and complement what’s already there. By filling up these empty spaces with color and texture, your guests won’t fixate on the strange shape of your yard; instead, all they’ll see is the beautiful, vibrant blossoms and the unique creativity you’ve displayed in your space.
PROBLEM: A long and narrow backyard
SOLUTION: Divide it to trick the eye. Galley kitchens aren’t very popular these days due to a preference towards big, open concept spaces. But even with an open concept, you’ll still need to define certain spaces. The same goes for knowing how to landscape your unique backyard. Just don’t put up physical walls to divide this space, as this will merely amplify how closed-in the area feels. Instead, use visual tricks to add unique patio pavers, rugs or mats, furniture, plants, and a mix of hardscaping and landscaping elements.
Understanding how to landscape a challenging backyard can be tough. That’s why it’s important to consult with expert landscapers, who can create something totally unique and stunning for your property. To find out more, please get in touch with us today.