Idea for Landscaping in the backyard?


Hey all - We have recently bought a condo and plan to innovate new ideas for my new condo. My first step is to design a patio in my backyard surrounded by the pool. We plan to implement some landscaping ideas in the backyard to make the pool and patio more attractive. Before starting a patio design, can anyone suggest all the specific things that I'd consider before planning to make a garden? Suggestions? Ideas?

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Apr 20, 2021

    Hi Rechard, congratulations on your new condo! Landscaping for me always starts with one big question: "How much maintenance do I want to do every day, week, month and in the future?" Different plant choices can mean constant up keep and watering and annuals will even need to be replaced year after year.

    I would look into evergreen plants and shrubs that are native to the area and you know will do well there and may only require yearly pruning etc. Trees are always fun. A fruit tree or two native to your place could make a nice addition once they mature.

  • Em Em on Apr 20, 2021

    Keep the work to a minimum with plants like hosta that need little attention. Mulch so you don't have to weed much and if you have pets be sure to look up what plants and mulch are poisonous to animals. Plant tall plants at the back edge and smaller ones in front.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 20, 2021

    Hello. For the best local professional advice I would highly suggest contacting your cooperative extension. These offices are manned by volunteer master gardeners on site there waiting to answer the communities questions that know your local situation quite well.

    Master gardeners are required to volunteer back designated hours ( plus continuing education) each year to maintain MG certification -this community outreach and education is their goal.

    If your office is closed ( ours is open) ....there might be alternative online venues like Ask an Expert as well as emailing your local master gardeners extension office for their

    guidance.... in a non contact manner.

    Most plants success depend on their hardness to geographic planting zones presenting weather conditions soil and sunlight exposure. Your local experts should have the ideal suggestions for your need with these specific needs in mind.

  • Maura White Maura White on Apr 20, 2021

    Try iScape - an app that helps you plan out a landscaping plan!

  • Janice Janice on Apr 20, 2021

    One tip I would offer is to consider how "messy" the plants are that you put into your landscape. Often that's not considered at all and the homeowner with a pool has more pool maintenance with the blossoms, etc. floating on the pool and worse yet clogging p their filtering equipment.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 20, 2021
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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 20, 2021

    I would choose a "theme" and also check to see items that are low maintenance and don't cause messes for the pool. I'm thinking plants in a pot would be a best avenue. Also, remember to check with your HOA. My daughter's has so many strict regulations that she couldn't even have solar lighting. But if you can, I think adding lighting would be a great investment and create a beautiful ambience.

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 20, 2021

    Hi Rechard: The first thing to do is to talk to the condominium association and see what you are and aren't allowed to do. Some have very strict rules and you must follow them. Check the ideas you are given here and present them to the association before you start, to avoid having to tear everything out if they don't like it, and having to spend money you don't need to spend.

    Good luck

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 21, 2021

    I would talk to a landscape designer for help because you need to know what plants will work in your area and your amount of sun and shade. You need plants that won't shed into the pool, etc. You need to know building codes for the patio, etc since you are in a condo and I assume you have a home owner's association with rules on building, etc. so talk to the HOA first about what your plans are then find someone to help you put your design down for you to look at on paper

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