Privacy is important and we seem to have less and less of it these days. This is especially true as newer neighborhoods continue to have smaller lots.
As we lose privacy, it is important that we create special places to relax in solitude or with loved ones. For most of us, this special place is our backyard. Even if you have a small backyard, it has the potential to turn into something wonderful. You can transform it into a place of rest and relaxation, a lush garden and your own personal retreat.
Achieving the perfect oasis isn’t something you achieve overnight. It’s okay if you are not sure where to start. Every backyard has great potential. Check out the simple steps below to see where you can begin. In a few steps, you can turn a regular patch of grass into your own corner of paradise.
Ensure Privacy in Your Small Backyard
The first step is making sure you have privacy. Privacy screens, bushes and tall plants help obstruct views into your yard.
Experienced landscape contractors can recommend the best solution based on space and tastes.
Add Plants and Greenery
A garden retreat should look and feel like you are stepping out into nature. Every plant, every shrub must look as if it belongs there. Garden retreats can be complex and specialized. But a little work and thought can result in that perfect natural feeling.
Landscape specialists combine plants, flowers, trees and crawlers so that they thrive together. Which plants to choose will depend on the climate, soil and various species of plants.
Include a Water Feature
The soothing sound of running water is one of the most relaxing elements in nature. Even small gardens and yards can incorporate a water fountain, or even a small waterfall. Moving water is an added touch to the sense of being in a real oasis. It can also cool the air during a hot and stuffy summer afternoon.
Set up a Patio with Comfortable Furniture
The center of your oasis is the place where you relax, dine and socialize and must be as comfortable as possible. Consider adding items such as sofas, lounging chairs, a parasol and a mini bar. Whatever you feel that you need for the hours spent in your garden, away from the house.
Landscaping specialists recommend furniture in natural, earthy colors. Consider colors with a splash of bright red, yellow or orange to create points of visual focus. Natural stone is a great choice for the patio floor due to appearance and durability.
Provide Outdoor Lighting
Nighttime is where the fun is! Fairy lights disguised among crawling plants and tree branches create a magical atmosphere. Floor or hanging lights give just the right amount of light when entertaining or reading a favorite book.
Creating a Better Oasis
Want to take your backyard to the next level? Pavers and other hardscapes can add beauty and functionality to any backyard. This can be a little more challenging if you are doing it yourself. As Raleigh’s premier landscape company, Grantlin Landscape Services is certified, licensed and trained for the projects that last a lifetime. We can help you with the hard to do landscaping projects.
Need some help creating your personal oasis?
As Raleigh’s premier landscape company, Grantlin Landscape Services is certified, licensed and trained for the projects that last a lifetime. Let us help you create an outdoor living space to that becomes your own personal oasis this summer!