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Backyard Tree and Landscape Design

Anyone with a backyard who wants to enjoy being out there will at one time or another think about backyard landscape design. Though there are many simple things that one can do in the lawn, there are some who want to have something stunning and relaxing for when they have the time to sit out there and enjoy their space. There are some great ideas out there, and they are just waiting to be found. Many of the best ideas come from first dealing with the trees and the tree canopy. Once you have the foliage, limbs and branches shaped in your mind, it gets easier. It is really easy to come up with unique ideas as well. There are many ways to plan a yard, and there are as many ideas as there are yards. The point it to make if feel like home outside as well as inside the house.
tree landscaping

Making Room for Trees

One of the most expensive ways to work with backyard landscape design is to have a program designed for that purpose. I’m not sure if that is out there, but I know this is often included in programs used to help blueprint new homes. Along with putting the home and with all of the details, most of this software can also aid in backyard landscape design. It will spot your trees, whether evergreen or deciduous. The best thing about it is that it can usually give an estimate of the final cost with all of the things that have been added to the design. Below is a great example of poor planning. Both the cypress tree and the palm tree are about 10 years old. Over the next few years, they will negatively impact each other due to proximity.

Cypress and palm trees too close

Diagram Showing Trees

If this is not an option, backyard landscape design can be done just by mapping out the dimensions of the yard on a large sheet of paper and then working on what might be best or desired. Your lot lines are the first restriction and the next is how many trees you want and what size and shape your hardwood trees will be. It might take a little time, but cutting out small paper representations of each addition and then taping them on the paper might help a person to see where they are going with their backyard landscape design and what they might need to remove. We often think we have more or less room than we really do, so getting it to scale is important. Remember to think in the future as your tree size will change dramatically over a few or several years. Visit the West Columbia, South Carolina ISA Information site periodically to see if they have any ideas for you there.

Ask an Arborist

Many have seen spectacular backyard landscape design in magazines or on television. Though they may not be able to remember exactly how something looked, that might be for the best. Though a design might have looked good, it is always more special if the backyard landscape design a person goes with is one that is unique in at least a few different ways. Look at how the tree shade falls during different times of the day and maybe seasons. Consider picking the brain of a certified arborist. Find out which trees will grow and what shape and size they will be throughout their lives. Much like a home, the yard should reflect a little about the people in the house, and it should also feel like home. An exact copy of something else won’t have that cozy feeling many look for when landscaping their yards.

Pictures of some Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina trees.