The morning of day two on the Take Back your Yard Makeover brought lots of exciting changes, and tons of rain! Wet soil didn’t stop outdoor and garden expert, Owen Reeves, and the team from pushing to finish Adrian and Ken’s backyard.
The young family couldn’t be happier with the final result. “We’re out the everyday,” says Adrian of their outdoor space. Random flagstone makes a meandering path through the yard leading to the family’s new water feature. A small bridge makes crossing into the conversation area, complete with cozy seating, a fun adventure.
Soothing greens, lots of natural foliage, warm woods and rough hewn stone create the rustic aesthetic Owen was aiming for. He also divided the existing healthy perennials amongst the yard and donated a large number to neighbors. A good trim tightened up the hedge that will also encourage it to grow uniformly. Clearly Adrian, Ken and Spencer are in love with their new outdoor space that they can actually use!
Building your Backyard
Owen Reeves shares a few more tips for sprucing up your backyard.
Add a water feature
Many companies provide an all-in-one kit for building and installing a water feature on your own. They are both convenient and easy to use.
Aquascape Pond Kits
Lay down natural stones and pavers
Nothing fits more seamlessly into an outdoor space than material cultivated from the outdoors. Riverstone and flagstone pavers are your best bet for price, look and longevity. Most ponds use riverstone to help hide the liner and hold everything in place while mossy rocks provide the structure.
Square stone is ideal for landings and decks while random flagstone makes a good walkway.
Riverstone and Flagstone Pavers
Top notch tools
Trimming tools come in all shapes and sizes, but it can be hard to know which one is right for the job.
For small branches and plants pruning shears will be fine, but for larger trees you need something heavy duty. In that case two-handed loppers make it quick and easy to cleanly cut off excess foliage; a clean cut is important to a plant’s health. For cedars and hedges you’ll need a gas powered trimmer.
*Remember to cut branches off just ahead on an intersection (where branches meet)
Trimmers provided by Home Depot and Husqvarna