As landscapers, we tackle lots of backyard makeovers in Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties.   There are homeowners who inherit a ‘blah’ backyard, some folks lives are busy and outdoors get neglected, and others just want to transform their yard so that everyone wants to hang out in their outdoor space.

Whatever the reason, we’ve worked on big and small projects, and with a little creativity and labor, we have created welcoming outdoor spaces and transformed more of their property into usable space.  Below are a few backyard makeover features that liven up any outdoor space.

Think Plants!

When it comes to making your yard beautiful, start with some colorful trees, shrubs and flowers.  Nothing more can turn a drab yard into a colorful and comfortable place to be.     Consider choosing a small ornamental tree for big impact or learn tips on how to select and property plant a tree.   Remember to plan for the mature size of the tree and shrub.   Think about incorporating shrubs with varying textures, colors, and bloom times.  Deciduous shrubs planted in front of evergreens will change the look seasonally. Do you have a need to screen for privacy or an ugly view?  If you’re apprehensive about what to plant, work with a professional who can recommend the right plant for the right place

Lay out a New Flower Bed

Lay out a new flower bed with a hose or rope with gentle curves that look more natural.   Dig out the garden and add topsoil.  Don’t forget to edge your new beds. A section of mass planting one particular flower creates maximum impact.  If you feel lost on how to proceed, read 8 tips for designing and planting a new flower bed.

Plan for Pathways through the Landscape

Your home inside has different spaces, and the best backyards also have different ‘outdoor rooms’.  How does one get to your side yard or the patio?  There are lots of different materials for creating a pathway.  Mulch, gravel, stepping stones, pavers will all add charm to your total landscaped look.  Paths complement the garden and harmonize everything within your yard.

A small project might be a little path through a garden with stepping stones.

Related: How Walkways and Steps Connect and Enhance Other Areas in Your Yard

Landscape Lighting

Outdoor lighting can transform your outdoor space.   Uplighting for trees and shrubs in the backyard is a nice way to add lights to the yard.  Spotlights can be used to highlight a special tree or wall or basically light up any part of your yard or patio that you want to feature or illuminate.  The obvious benefit is that lighting can illuminate steps and paths for the safety of everyone.

The right lighting can add the perfect ambiance to your backyard plus extend the time you’re outdoors.  It addition, it makes your yard safer and easier to navigate. 

Extend Patio Space

If your patio area is too small, extend the square footage of your patio to allow more space for moving around or dining section.  Set up different areas for entertaining or just relaxing or read how to create a great hardscape design for your backyard getaway.

Add a Firepit

Don’t underestimate the value of adding fire to your backyard living  You can’t beat the feeling that comes from sitting around the fire, whether it’s just with your immediate family or a party with s’mores and campfire tales.  Adding additional sources of heat to your yard will invite your family and friends to linger, even when it gets cold out.

 Decide between a wood-burning or gas/propane fire source and determine what size, depth and appearance you’re comfortable with. 

Why Invest in a Backyard Makeover?

The primary reason to consider a backyard makeover is that it will offer a place to relax, unwind and to entertain.   In addition, well designed landscaping improvements will boost home value.  Once you make some backyard improvements, it will become your favorite place to hang out.

Next Step in Achieving your Backyard Makeover

Once you decide on a landscaping plan, remember you can do it in phases and spread out the expense.  Small steady improvements over time can transform your yard into the backyard of your dreams.

Whitehouse Landscaping has over 20 years of experience and we have the skills and know-how to transform your backyard.  To see more examples of our work, take a look at our landscape design portfolio and if you want to discuss your vision with us, contact us for a free consultation or give us a call at 484-300-4290