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#1 taby

Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:09 PM

I have attached a couple of photos of my backyard as it currently is (and it looks much better than when we bought here a year ago).

I am after ideas as to what you would do to pretty it up a bit.  The fencing is so high as we have an aboveground pool and that's the pool fencing/decking.

I stand in the corner and try to work out what I'd like to do but just not sure.  I have a boy who is 7 and a girl who is 9 and would love them to play in the yard.

I am not keen on a sandpit as we have found one funnel web in the yard since living here.

Please any ideas welcome.  I want to make this backyard a gorgeous place to play and sit......

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#2 Feral timtam

Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:59 PM

The biggest issue is that horrible ugly grey pool fence and matching boundary fence. You probably can't see the potential for the huge ugly fixtures in the yard.
I wouldn't put in a sandpit, we've got one and I am threatening to turn it into a vege patch as DH hasn't gotten around to making his promised cover for it and the neighbourhood animals are using it for a toilet.

First step for me would be painting those drab fences.
Then I would put in a proper path, it's obviously a pretty high traffic area and that bare dirt where the grass has been worn away is pretty dang ugly.
Given the soil looks pretty dry and not very good quality I'd be planting some compact plants that are drought tolerant, shade tolerant and low maintenance slightly under the deck. Roses spring to mind immediately simply because my mother is yet to kill a rosebush happy.gif
If you don't mind putting in the work to train them some dwarf citrus trees would also go well. It's not a very big space so they would have to be espaliered which does require a bit of work.
I'd also be putting in lattice panelling to hide the guts of the pool.

In the section of the yard where what looks like a side gate is shown I'd put a swing set and a small bistro set underneath a shade sail. I'd also be doing some plantings of something hardy but not thorny to soften the look of the area a bit.The plant varieties you get in those 10 pot packs from the nursery are often pretty good for that.

I'd also be stringing solar fairy lights up along the pool fence, just because they look pretty at night.

#3 taby

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:17 PM

thanks for your reply.  Yes painting those fences is a must and we are about to replace the neighbouring fence with colourbond.

Keep those ideas coming - inspiration required.....

#4 PureBliss

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:40 PM

I'm not so good at this, but my first thought was to cover the pool structure with greenery. Maybe a nice climber? Jasmine, or even ivy would like better than the bare structure. Or climbing geranium or roses would give beautiful colour in spring/summer.

If the soil is ok, you could grow a screening hedge in front of it - assuming you don't want to access underneath? We have portugese laurels along our fence - in just 2 years they have reached the top of the fence.

#5 LittleMissPink

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:54 PM

If it were mine, I would paint the fences first, then put in a nice pavers stepping stones path, surrounded by river stones and lots of lush green plants that are drought tolerant. Make it into a riverbed style side garden.

Put in a dry creek, with a bridge, maybe a fish pond?

And the where the trampoline is, make a nice patio area, paved or pebbled, some nice plants, a table and chairs, and an umbrella

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#6 LB_K

Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:28 PM

My goal would be to plant everything out. A non-invasive bamboo along the border fence to block out neighbours (we did this, it looks beautiful and we do not have a 'japanese' style garden). You can see it on my blog here. It has only taken a year for our bamboo to grow 10 foot.

For the pool fence I agree with whoever said the jasmine. It will take a couple of springs, but eventually it would cover the entire fence up over to the pool. Wire 15cm apart from the deck to the ground would create a curtain of jasmine to block out the bottom of the pool. Jasmine smells so beautiful in Spring.

Large concrete pavers where the grass has worn down, maybe separated slightly with some mondo grass in the gaps to keep it looking green and lush (mondo is super hardy unlike regular grass).

And in the space in photo 3 - a big tree, whatever your local nursery recommends for your climate and whatever seating you like I would put there - where it catches the sun and it seems more spacious than the other area. I'd probably pave the entire area keeping only where I would plant garden plants/vegies/bamboo etc. Grass is too fragile for a high-traffic area (which it looks like this may be).

Edited by ladybear.kacie, 13 November 2012 - 08:34 PM.





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