In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the backyard was where people raised chickens, threw away trash…and kept their outhouses.
It was an important part of the home, but also not somewhere you’d want to hang out. Then came suburbs and indoor plumbing, and with them, the idea of leisure at home and landscape construction.
Bucks, PA homeowners – like homeowners throughout the country – soon began to build decks and patios and other forms of hardscaping all in the name of making their backyards a more inviting space.
Which leads us to your backyard. What kind of place is it? Lush and inviting, drab and sparse or somewhere in between?
If you’re looking for ways to enhance your backyard experience, consider these options.
1. The joys of outdoor living
Adding outdoor space to your property gives you more of an opportunity to entertain people in warm weather, while also giving you less work to do.
Putting down stone to create a patio gives you a place to hang out, grill food and entertain guests. It also means you don’t have as much grass to mow. And adding a fire pit can allow you to enjoy your backyard well into the autumn.
2. Mulch beds
Adding a bed of mulch around your outdoor living space offers several benefits: It prevents weeds, can provide a pleasant aroma, fertilizes your plants and requires little to no maintenance. You won’t need to mow it or water it. Just buy fresh mulch every spring.
If you’re not a fan of mulch, consider crushed stone. Known as a form a “xeriscaping” – landscaping that requires no irrigation – this is a mulch alternative that you’ll never need to replace.
3. Strategic grass growing
Patios, mulch and crushed stone all provide an alternative to having a lawn to mow. But if you’re not ready to go completely grass-free, we’d recommend putting some thought into which type of grass you plant. A grass that’s accustomed to your region’s climate will be much easier to maintain.
The best grass for our region includes:
- Perennial ryegrass
- Fine fescue
- Tall fescue
- Kentucky bluegrass
Each of these grasses has its own benefits. Your trusted Bucks, PA landscape construction service should be able to advise you on which one will work for your yard.
4. Ponds and water features
There are few things more soothing than the sound of running water. Turn you backyard into a relaxation space by adding ponds, fountains and water gardens.
Water features should have a pump or aerator to keep the surface in motion, as standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Again, your local Bucks, PA landscape construction expert can guide you on the right way to set up your water feature.
Do you want to enhance your backyard through landscape construction? Bucks PA’s Realty Landscaping is ready to help.
Our residential landscape construction services include:
- Tree and shrub planting and transplanting
- Hardscaping such as retaining walls and garden walls
- Grading, seeding and sodding
- Fence installation
- Ponds, fountains and water gardens
Contact us today to find out more about our landscape construction services in the Philadelphia area. We look forward to making your yard a more inviting, relaxing place.