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Suggestions for backyard landscaping

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by forereal, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. forereal

    forereal LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I am looking for suggestions on what I can do with my backyard. The area is about 50x25. Also I have a large dog that is outside unsupervised a majority of the day. So that takes sod out of the picture. (Actually I would like a little patch of grass for the dog, just not the whole yard where it can be destroyed) I would like to keep my budget under 1k and I can attempt to do all the labor myself. Any ideas?


  2. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    Under 1K?
    Paint it green and forget it.

    Seriously, fertilizer grass seed, mulch, a hose & sprinkler, spreader and other misc tools shouldn't be that much.
    You will just need to keep the dog inside for 3 weeks, or the effort is wasted.
  3. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    Looking at the pictures again, a nice bench made out of hardscaping materials would look really good around that tree.

    And you really, really need to have a place for the dog to get shade.

    Where the hell is "nor"?
  4. forereal

    forereal LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    There is a large kennel with a roof for the dog, not in the picture.
  5. Newt*

    Newt* LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    Forereal, how about a combination of pavers and groundcovers that are stepable? Here's dwarf mondo grass either between pavers, between two different hard surfaces or as a lawn substitute. I prefer the dwarf for it's ease of walking on and for my dogs.
    http://www.botanicaatlanta.com/Stone Patio with Mondo Grass in Alpharetta GA.jpg

    Planting shrubs will help cool the yard as well. Take a look at a few of these pics for ideas. You can always do it in stages, installing the hardscape first and then the plants. Purchasing shrubs in 3 gallon containers is less expensive then in 5 gallon containers and they reach the same size in 2 or 3 years anyway.

    Some of these pics are yards smaller then yours, but they are meant for ideas.

    You don't have to make raised beds as in this pic, but you can see how the shrubs border the paved areas and have the fence as backing. You could even plant sod in part of these.

    This is the sketch for the last one above # 248.

    These four are the same garden.

    You might want to consider using some of that cash for a consult with a garden designer for layout that you can install yourself. That way you won't be making costly mistakes you might have to rip out. They can do as little or as much as you want. Have pictures of what you like from magazines. Do your homework and make a list of everything you want in your yard. Designers can even charge you for a plant list. If you don't need a plant list, then just get the basic design. Here's some ideas on how to start.

    There are groundcovers called stepables.

    I know I threw alot at you, but take your time and look through it to see if any of it is helpful.

  6. tallguylehigh

    tallguylehigh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Wow, that was an awesome post!!!
  7. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

    Put in loads of pyracantha, and meanwhile, send your dog to obedience school. :rolleyes:
  8. Newt*

    Newt* LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    Marcos, why would you plant something with thorns where you would have a dog and possibly kids?

    Maybe you mean Pachysandra as a groundcover? That would be difficult to walk through with it's shrubby-like nature and wouldn't do well in full sun.

    Why send the dog to obedience school? There was nothing said about any negative behavior, or did I miss something?


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