Building the Backyard and Garden of Your Dreams

backyardMany people dream about owning their own home, and often have a firm idea of what their dream house looks like.

Far fewer take the next step of designing their own backyard and developing a clear mental image of what their garden and lawn will look like once their finished.

If that’s the case for you, then this post has a few tips for figuring out what you really want from your backyard.

Fresh Vegetables, Anyone?

Probably the first consideration most people make is whether or not they should start a vegetable garden.

This is an excellent way to truly bring the “eat local” mantra home. Studies show that individuals who keep home gardens, even if they are small and represent a minor portion of their overall food consumption, are generally healthier and happier.

The secret could be in the dirt itself, as some scientists argue that getting your hands working with soil can release chemicals to the brain that send pleasure signals that can stay with you throughout the day and week.

If you like to garden, starting a small area for edible plants is a no brainer. If you don’t like to spend your weekends in the dirt, however, you might consider a low maintenance herb garden, or planting trees that provide fruits over time, with little hands on work.

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Installing a Gazebo or Pergola

Another aspect to consider when planning your ideal backyard is to what extent you want to incorporate extra add-ons, from garden statues and fountains to self-standing structures like a gazebo, pergola, or arbor.

These units can give your home a wonderful added aesthetic, and many constructions are both cheaper and easier to build than you might imagine.

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Other Backyard Ideas for Small Areas

Of course, your overall design and plan for your backyard and garden is ultimately going to depend upon the size of the area you’re working with.

If you have a large fenced in lawn in the suburbs you have a lot more flexibility than if you have a small patch of cement courtyard in an urban environment.

Regardless of the size, however, your creativity is ultimately going to be the defining factor in shaping your backyard.

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