Blank yard: I have never designed a backyard! Help!!

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We just purchased a 11 year old home. The previous original owners cleared the backyard and never put anything in the yard except a builders grade brick slab out the backDoor. I have never designed a backyard! Help!!
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  • Jon33669073 Jon33669073 on Jun 25, 2018
    If you have no expertise in this area hire someone to lay out. Landscaping design is a gift improved by extensive education. I am not a LA but I have wasted a lot of money DIY in this space

    Good luck

    • Lina Lina on Jun 25, 2018
      hire a landscape architect or a landscape designer?

  • NAM31028736 NAM31028736 on Jun 25, 2018
    A pet dog would love that yard. Add patio with brick/stone bbq , a gazebo . gardens shrubber A Japanese garden would be super

  • Lina Lina on Jun 25, 2018
    I have 4 and with no shade, it’s super hot

  • Annie Annie on Jun 25, 2018
    I agree with the professional landscape suggestion. This space is huge and unless you have a lot to spend may need to be sectioned off and done incrementally. Wow! Good luck

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Jun 25, 2018
    Oklahoma City here lol. Have you lived in Oklahoma long and familiar with the weather/climate? Before I did anything I would call OkieDig to come out and trace where all your underground utility lines are in the yard. We had a ten foot utility easement that ran the whole width of our backyard from the rear fence line towards the house. The cable lines were even crisscrossed outside the easement directly across the center of the yard. If that is not a problem then you can start your plan. Plan any hardscapes first like a deck, pool, or pergola, even if you won't be putting them in for awhile.

  • Lina Lina on Jun 26, 2018
    We have just moved to Houston. Sooo different weather wise from Tulsa. I donot even know where to start with selecting trees/flowers/bushes etc

  • Dfm Dfm on Jul 15, 2018

    Have a landscaping company come and assess your yard. If you have a video cam, point it out onto your yard do a 24 hour recording. This way you can see what’s in the sun and what’s shaded....and what time that happens. When you go to plant trees, look up on line to to see how big that tree is when it’s fully mature...the roots of a tree are 3 times of the canopy. Space the trees out. If I rember correctly pecan trees grow well in Texas.

  • Lina Lina on Jul 17, 2018

    Wow, that’s great advice. Thank you.