To a lot of people, a backyard isn’t much more than a place to let the dog out, a spot for kids to play, and grass to mow. If that sounds like your backyard, we’d love to introduce you to some possibilities for turning your backyard into something that’s so much more. 

Whether backyard projects are meant to add function, beauty, or both, they’re also going to add a lot of enjoyment to a property and pride in it. On top of that, they can add value to a home because great landscaping means greater curb appeal, making a property more attractive to neighbors and prospective homebuyers alike. 

What kind of backyard landscaping projects you do really depends on what you have to work with and your personal preferences and needs. Following are 11 ideas that we’ve seen to be pleasers time and time again. 


Add Color and Variety with Lots of Plants 

Break up that sea of green grass by adding plants and flowers in various locations around the yard. Something that’s quite popular is creating circular “islands” with tall plants in the middle surrounded by colorful flowers, but it’s really up to you when it comes to deciding what works best. 

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Create Wandering Paths 

Give yourself a place to take a relaxing stroll and/or to visit and highlight your favorite features in the backyard. You can go with traditional pavers, crushed rock, or flat stones that create a natural look, among other options. Dedicated pathways also help prevent trampling and erosion in places you don’t want them. 


Enjoy Outdoor Decks and Patios 

Decks and patios are perhaps the most popular and most highly sought outdoor upgrades. Create something unique that both fits with and enhances your property and which meets your needs for relaxation, entertainment, and more. 

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Build Around Trees 

When you build decks, patios, and other permanent structures in your backyard, you don’t always have to take out the trees in the places you’re going to build. Consider saving trees by building around them instead; you’ll also be adding beauty, shade, and a unique look to your project. 


Make a Gazebo for Your Own Private Getaway 

A gazebo doesn’t just look nice; it also provides a shaded location to enjoy summer days without all the sweat and sunscreen. Gazebos are great places to locate spas or furniture for outdoor dining as well. Building a stone pathway to a gazebo adds a particularly attractive effect. 

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Relax with a Garden Swing 

Swings aren’t just for kids. Putting a garden swing in a favorite spot creates a wonderful incentive to get outside to read, doze, or just enjoy some much-needed quiet time. 


Decorative Lighting Adds Function and Security 

Night lighting isn’t just to keep burglars, vandals, and trespassers away from the driveway and the front door. When you add landscape lighting to your backyard, you extend the use of outdoor spaces, have the opportunity to highlight especially attractive features or create lovely visual effects, and create additional deterrents to criminals. Worried about your energy bills or flooding your yard with unwanted light? Motion sensors and timers are ways to address those concerns. 

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Create Theme-Based Gardens 

You can create gardens that imitate the styles of particular countries, regions, or time periods. Other options include designing gardens and flower beds to create particular color or shape effects. 


Enjoy the Night with Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces 

Sitting around a campfire is something so many people love. When you have a fire pit or an outdoor fireplace in your yard, you’ve got a great way to have your own private campfire completely under control and available whenever you want it. Whether it’s additional warmth on a cool night, ambience, or just plain beauty you’re after, fire features deliver. They can enhance decks, patios, and even pools and other water features, and they make strong selling points and conversation pieces. 

Add Beauty and Serenity with Water Features 

Water features, like fire features, are highly desirable additions to yards. Features such as fountains, waterfalls, and ponds add atmosphere and beauty, and, like fire features, they are a compelling selling point. When you pair them with outdoor pools, water features (and fire features, too) can establish effects ranging from soothing to inspiring to jaw-dropping. 


Make an Outdoor Kitchen Part of Your Outdoor Paradise 

Don’t limit your outdoor cooking to just a portable charcoal or gas grill, or even a built-in grill. Now, you have options such as pizza ovens, wet bars, wine refrigerators, and more. Full counters can round it all out, and adjustable screening protects from sun, wind, and annoying insects so that you can enjoy your outdoor living space any time of the year. 

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Professional Landscape Design for Whatcom County 

The 11 backyard landscaping ideas above aren’t even close to all the possibilities there are. They’re just a sampling of some of the most popular, but we can discuss literally dozens more with you, and we can also work with you to bring your own unique ideas to real-life perfection. 

At Puget Construction and Landscape, our professional landscapers focus on turning Whatcom homeowners’ landscapes into dreamscapes, all while being mindful of our beautiful region’s unique ecological concerns.  

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By the time the cold of winter passes, people are itching to get outside. After a season of turning in, one of the best things you can do is create an outdoor space that beckons you out of doors.

The yard is actually an outdoor extension of your home, which means it deserves as much care and intention as the inside. As you prepare to leave the dark of winter behind you, consider taking on a spring landscaping project that will help you create an outdoor space that you love.

Spring Landscaping Considerations

Before you plan a landscaping project this spring, there are some things you will need to consider. The last thing you want to do is decide upon a project that you won’t be able to undertake for whatever reason. Instead of diving right into planning your project, take some time to think about these important aspects:


It’s important to figure out your budget before you plan any landscaping project. You’ll need to understand what you can afford in order to design your custom landscape. Consider factors such as the size and detail that you’re looking for, as well as whether you’ll be hiring a landscaper or going for DIY. Write out the desired details of your project, your projected costs, and the max amount you want to spend before you create your plan.

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Most desired features

Before you get started on your landscape plan, think about the types of features that you want in your outdoor living space. Make a list of what you desire the most, so that you can do your best to fit your wants into your budget. Consider what you want to be doing outside during your spring and into the summer, and choose some features that will help you.

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Future growth

When you are choosing plants to include in your landscape, don’t forget that they are going to grow. Plants that you purchase typically come with growth requirements, so you can make sure that anything you buy is going to fit in your space when it reaches maturity.

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Another important consideration is future maintenance. Any landscaping that you do is going to require regular care and maintenance, including weeding and watering. Before you begin your landscaping project, ensure you’re going to be able to provide the proper care to keep your yard in great shape.

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Top Spring Landscaping Projects

Now that you’ve figured out some of the basic details of your spring landscaping, it’s time to find a project that meets your needs. Here are some of the top spring landscaping ideas to inspire your creative juices:


Add mulch

Mulch is an easy and affordable way to add some nice variation to your yard with a bit of texture and a pop of color. Mulch comes in a number of colors, allowing you to choose your color contrasts. Dark roast, cedar-toned, black, and red are all typical colors of mulch that can add the change you’re looking for this spring.

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Plant a tree

Planting a tree is a great way to add something new to your spring landscape. Even just adding one single tree creates a big change to your yard. Trees provide value to your yard, especially as they mature. They are fairly low maintenance and there are numerous options to choose from. Pay attention to your local climate, as well as the colors and textures you want your yard to have, when you are deciding on the right tree for your landscaping project.

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Plant seedlings

Planting seedlings is an easy project that the whole family can do. Buy the seeds of shrubs or perennials to plant something low-maintenance, easy to care for, and that will provide a beautiful spring landscape for years to come.

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Add edging

Adding some edging along your lawn or garden beds is a desirable way to change the look of your yard, as well as to provide a simple means of maintenance to the growing plants within. You can purchase pre-made edging or use some creativity to create your own. Another edging option is to plant some easy to care for plants along the border of your walkway, such as lamb’s ear or lily of the valley.


The Final Word

Spring is the time when the world awakens. Your yard is ready to awaken as well.

Get your outdoor living space ready by choosing a spring landscaping project that meets your needs and helps you create a yard you love.

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