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Should You Hire Landscapers for a Small Courtyard?

If your only outdoor space is a courtyard comparable in size to a human scale postage stamp, you might think that there’s little purpose in hiring a landscaper to beautify your space. We’d like to urge you to reconsider, however, by detailing the various things a landscaper can do to make your courtyard the most irresistible ‘room’ in your home. When your landscaper is finished and has realised your garden’s potential, you might even find that your courtyard isn’t as small as you first thought!

Splash of Colour

Most people know that black is a slimming colour, and while this may be a fantastic attribute in fashion, it isn’t as useful to the landscaper. If your courtyard is currently a wasteland of greys, blacks and dark greens, you are probably in desperate need of a landscaper with a colour intervention. Your landscaper will carefully and expertly choose colours to suit your tastes and your home’s architectural style.

Party Potential

When was the last time you wanted to hold a party or entertain some friends but didn’t have quite enough space to make it really work? Even if your courtyard is compact, it could provide that much needed extra seating area to make entertaining at the drop of a hat as easy as pie. Your landscaper can create an effective space plan for you that includes features such as outdoor cooking equipment, dining areas and peaceful garden seats.

Inner City Retreat

Having a garden in the city is not only a nice lifestyle feature but also necessary to your health if you have a busy working life largely disconnected from the natural world. Hiring landscapers to transform a concrete courtyard to a green paradise, complete with hardy plants, cool foliage and soft textures, is practically a long term investment in your health and state of mind. Your landscaper can even establish a small vegetable or herb garden for you to enjoy the fresh tastes of home grown food.

Enjoy your Whole Home

If you’re still doubting whether it is worth investing in taking care of your courtyard, remember that the space was originally built for enjoyment, as courtyards are pleasure gardens more than anything else. Your landscaper will be full of ideas for decorating and planting on a small scale, and will help you integrate your courtyard space with your lifestyle and the rest of your home. Your landscapers will probably also surprise you with techniques you’ve never heard of to introduce a truly modern element into your home.

Garden Decor Tips

For those who enjoy gardening and landscape design, consider how much more visually striking a garden can become through the careful use of garden decor.

Garden decor involves the use of different objects placed in the garden to highlight, compliment, or accentuate the existing flowers, plants, and landscape. This includes familiar garden decor such as the use of humorous plaques and signs, free standing fairies, or tactics such as “tree people”, where a few objects are cleverly attached to a tree to create the appearance of not just a face, but a whole personality for the tree.

Additionally garden decor often includes the use of an integrated and clever lighting set up. For instance, a garden may contain various statues that also function as a solar lighting receiver, funneling energy in and back out through crafty solar panels and lights embedded in the statue.

Garden decor often includes items such as bugs, fairies, clowns, gnomes, signs, and religious figures such as baby angels, Buddha statues, and Virgin Mary statues.

When accentuating a garden using decor, it is important to have a plan which highlights the best parts of the garden. For instance, this may mean leading a viewers eyes to a certain part of the garden with an especially visually striking patch of plants. To accomplish this, decorations may be used to “lead the way” for the eye to follow, so to speak. Another method of highlighting the garden with decorations is to place a bench or creating a seating area in the garden. This naturally suggests that this area of the garden is special; people will enjoy the garden from this area, and a gardener essentially can then design the garden from the standpoint of the bench being the audience and the surrounding area the stage.

Decorations for the garden vary in price and quality. While it is tempting to save money and purchase cheap items, these decorations will likely not last. Considering that any placed in the garden must withstand the pressure of an outdoor environment, the wear and tear on them can be considerable. It is usually worth it to invest in a nicer item that will last longer than it is to save a few dollars when buying something, especially for any decoration that is year round and not seasonal.

Backyard Landscaping Ideas to Increase Your Home’s Value

If you’re looking to increase your property value, your backyard landscaping is nearly as important as the landscaping in the front yard. While attractive front and side yard landscaping helps make a good first impression on a prospective buyer, backyard landscaping may help convince him to actually purchase the house at your asking price. The trick, however, is to choose the types of landscaping that will bring you a good return on your investment of both money and time. Contrary to popular belief, completely revamping your home’s landscape isn’t always the best way to go. Chances are, all you’ll need to do is spend a little time getting your existing landscape in order.

Clean up The Main Features
Before you add anything to your backyard, make sure the basic landscaping features look as good as possible. Get your lawn, shrubs and trees in good condition and make sure they look well manicured. Repair any damaged walkways, patios and decks and pull up weeds growing in or around them. Install edging around your lawn and flower beds for a neater, more finished look. Clean or replace features like sheds, lighting fixtures and statuary. Because you see your yard regularly, you might not notice areas that have begun to look run down, so it can help to invite someone else over to point out any messy looking spots you might have missed.

Minimize Maintenance
The landscaping in your backyard shouldn’t give a prospective buyer visions of endless hours of exhausting garden work. Consider removing plants that need a lot of care, such as exotic species, plants that drop a an abundance of needles, leaves or messy fruit, and species that may become invasive. Replace these with local native plants whenever possible. These species thrive in the wild in your locality, so they’ll require almost no care in the garden. Apply sufficient mulch to flower beds so you don’t have weeds popping up a week after you clear the bed. Develop bare spots or hard-to-landscape slopes into rock gardens, which look attractive, but require only minimal upkeep. If you have any tight spots that are hard to mow, create a flower bed around the area. This way you’ll only have to mow around the edges of the bed.

Block Unpleasant Views
Unless you do something to minimize or improve their appearance, common items like propane tanks, stumps and sheds can become eyesores that make your backyard look junky and unkempt. In most case, there are simple ways to hide or spruce up these items. Install a trellis or fence panel in front of the propane tank and plant a climbing vine like sweet pea or clematis to block the view. Dress up a stump by drilling holes in the top, filling the holes with dirt and planing flowers. Paint the garden shed to match your home, install a weather vane or other simple decor, and plant tall plants like daylillies or ornamental grass around the perimeter.