Backyard Landscaping Ideas

June 5, 2014

Memorial Day has come and gone, and summertime is officially upon us. Summertime means golfing, swimming, and backyard cookouts. Since you’re going to be spending more time outside, it might be a good idea to spruce up your yard.

Of course, the hardest part of any project is getting started. Let’s discuss a few ideas to get you on your way and make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood.

Let’s talk about the focal point principle. One easy way to think about it: when you look at a map, your eye is immediately drawn to the big cities – New York, Los Angeles, Chicago. Why? Because the words are bigger and bolder and seem to say, “Look at me!” Applying the same principle to landscaping, creating a focal point or something that commands attention and establishes a visual hierarchy is a similar theory. So how exactly do you do that? Following are a few ideas to get you started.

Pondless Waterfall

A pondless waterfall is just a re-circulating waterfall or stream without the hassle and maintenance of a pond. This unique design saves money on installation and operating costs – and the beautiful sight and sound create a nice focal point for your backyard.

Water Fountains

Another water feature to consider is a good old-fashioned water fountain. Featuring a broad range of sizes and styles, water fountains add some pizzazz to any backyard. Two main styles are wall fountains (which take up more space and need to be bolted down) and free-standing (which take up more space but don’t require fastening.)


In its simplest form, a patio is merely a paved slab of concrete. Of course, you’re free to add your own creative flair. At the bare minimum, you’ll probably want a grill and a sitting area. But you can also add a fireplace, kitchen, swimming pool or hot tub. In our experience, saving up and purchasing quality furniture can make your patio a much more inviting place.

These are just a few ways to landscape your backyard and create a stunning visual focal point. Have fun barbequing, swimming and relaxing, and check back often for more landscaping ideas.