A home is a big responsibility. There’s a lot of elements that require constant care and attention. However, many people forget that their home extends well past the boundaries of their walls. A home’s lawn and backyard deserve the same attention as any room within it. With a little work, anyone can make their backyard into a great environment.
First, it’s important to get rid of a negative preconception. Many people were raised to think of a backyard as something immutable. Just an area to run around in, and possibly toss some plastic chairs within every now and then. It really shouldn’t be that way. Simplicity in design is something you might want to aim for. But there’s a huge difference between simplicity and starkness. An ideal backyard is one that is elegantly simple, not stark.
Next, it’s important to consider traffic patterns. That might seem like a bit of hyperbole, but roads are there to direct traffic. And foot traffic is still traffic. In the same way that a paved road guides cars, so should the invisible roads in your backyard guide foot traffic. Ideally, you’ll want to ensure that people don’t come too close to trampling any plants. Whether we’re talking about flowers or vegetables. However, at the same time it’s important that people can get close enough to admire them or to work the soil. The ideal solution is a bench. A sign that tells people to slow down when they get near plants would just look gaudy. However, a bench delivers the same message while creating a natural flow to the area. It slows people down, and invites them to sit and admire the view. Benches can quite literally help people to stop and smell the roses.
Shade is also an important component to outdoor design. It can be achieved through manmade structures. But the ideal way to tackle the issue of shade is through trees. Trees are a great way to really bring out a feeling of natural beauty in one’s yard. And at the same time they can give people shade. It’s best to keep them a bit off to the side of a backyard, or centralized within it. That way the tree won’t impede movement. And if it’s in the center of a yard than it can serve as a fantastic place for people to sit and read on warm summer days.
Lastly, one should consider additional furniture. It should be positioned through the yard to accommodate the above mentioned foot traffic. It’s important to plan for weather though. In particular, make sure that everything is water resistant if it might be in the direct path of rain.