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Backyard Blah to Bling: 10 Affordable Ideas Transform Your Terrain
Home Home Landscaping
By: Kevin Godberson Email Article
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1. Patios:
A small, simple patio of stone, brick or interlocking pavers brings the house into the garden.
It’s a bonus if you have doors that open onto the patio/yard. A few potted planters add captivating color.
2. Rocks:
Featuring a small rock garden at the end of a border or alongside a path gives a unique spiritual
texture to your terrain. Use height, depth and variety in your rock garden for intensity.
3. Terraces:
If you have too much slope in your yard, add some terraces to create level borders for planting.
The gradated effect of having stepped borders provides dramatic, year-round color if you plant shrubs
with the right foliage.
4. Pathways:
Meandering paths showcase a beautiful lawn, keep traffic off the grass, and link features of interest
like gazebos and garden beds. Natural flat-topped stones in varied shapes fit the bill nicely. Simply
cutting the lawn around them makes them blend in with your terrain.
5. Poolscapes:
Talking with a landscape designer early—before your pool is installed or landscaped— can save you from
costly mistakes. When planning your poolscape, take note of the patterns of straight lines and curves
in your house and any nearby garden structures. Use themes that display continuity of color and texture.
6. Beds:
Striking flower beds add character and flare to your landscape. Instead of plain squares or oblong beds,
use kidney- or crescent-shaped beds or any amorphous shape you can imagine. Raised beds with built
in seating on the edges or sides provide a relaxing backyard sanctuary.
7. Water:
Add a soothing touch to your garden by incorporating a water feature. It does not have to be
too large or deep—even a shallow lined pond finished with rocks around the edge infuses simple
elegance that will attract songbirds.
8. Herb Gardens:
Creating a small herb garden adds not only a European atmosphere, but also enhances your cooking!
Just make sure that the herbs you choose are suited to your soil and the climate in your area.
9. Awnings:
Putting up an awning in the yard can help you to make the most of a deck or patio during any weather
and is an inviting oasis where you can entertain friends.
10. Lighting:
If you want to be able to use the yard more, then attractive lighting makes all the difference. High-quality
low-voltage lighting kits allow you to simply plug in a transformer and run a cable round the yard.
You can just clip on the lights wherever you want them.
© 2009 Godberson Landscaping, Inc. -- All Rights Reserved.
Kevin Godberson is Founder and President of Godberson Landscaping – a landscaping design and maintenance company that has
been transforming yards for Suffolk County homeowners from boring to beautiful since 1991.For more landscaping tips visit us
online at www.godbersonlandscaping.com.

Kevin Godberson is Founder and President of Godberson Landscaping – a landscaping design and maintenance company that has been transforming yards for Suffolk County homeowners from boring to beautiful since 1991.For more landscaping tips visit us online at www.godbersonlandscaping.com.

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