Secrets to Backyard Landscaping

You don’t have to be a professional landscaper to design a beautiful backyard space. Check out these top 5 backyard landscaping secrets that can help turn any backyard into a work of art!

1. Hide Problem Areas

Having a backyard is great for you and your family to play outside all day long. However, your backyard is also the place to stash extra stuff like garden hoses and AC units. Don’t let those eye-sores stress you out. Instead, just cover them up with hedges and storage bins that double as outdoor benches. Doing so will take the focus off the junk so people can admire the pretty parts of your yard, like the lush sod you just installed or the potted flowers.

2. Create Focal Points

Rather than have a wide-sweeping expanse of grass with nothing else in your yard, try to create focal points to provide structure to your space. For example, a fire pit with outdoor furniture around it is a great addition to any backyard. If you have a smaller yard, plant a striking tree in the corner so that you have something that draws the eye in.

3. Choose the Right Sod

Not all sod types are created equal. Some are more tolerant to shade while others thrive with more sunlight. For example, sod grass cannot tolerate 100% shade. So, if you have an area that receives no sun, it’s best to modify your landscape to use decorative rock or other vegetation in that space. You may also consider pruning trees and vegetation to provide more sun to the area.

4. Choose the Right Plants

Make sure to research the plants you plan to place in your yard so that everything in the yard flows well and you can prepare your maintenance plan. Additionally, you can line your perimeter and walkways with useful plants. For example, did you know that lemongrass keeps mosquitos away and lavender keeps fleas away?

5. Address the Specifics

As you go about your backyard landscaping projects, there are specifics that are bound to pop up. You may realize you need to create more shade above your hammock or move your bird feeder to a quieter area. Just remember to stay flexible and adapt your backyard as your family grows and changes.


Above all, when it comes to designing your backyard, the most important rule is to do what you like and have fun with it! Always remember your backyard has dreams too, and it is our goal at Dogwood Landscaping to transform dreams into reality.