Jump to content
What would you do with this yard?
5 replies to this topic
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......
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
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.
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.....
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.
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
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.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Two-year-old Quincy finished his potty training last week, and as part of his reward he was able to meet his idols.
I will never deny the fact that grief has a place when you give birth to a child who brings a set of circumstances very different to what you imagined. Because for nine months, I thought I knew my Georgie.
There was nothing Erica and Carlos wanted more than a baby.
The actor said there was "no other person" he was thinking about when he chose the name.
More than half of women who live with abusive partners experience violence during pregnancy.
A new mother was told she must flee Port Vila hospital with her baby as Cyclone Pam bore down.
There were a few signs I'm never going back to the land of maternity jeans, breast pumps and bassinets.
Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp has revealed she was forced to withdraw from a Sydney Theatre Company production because a director did not approve of her breast feeding.
Looking for a name that's a little bit different for a girl? Turn to names that have been traditionally used for males, as these celebs (or their parents) did.
Greg Hughes is "an absolute shell of a man" as he and his wife Catherine struggle to come to terms with the loss of their newborn son Riley to whooping cough.
Introverts are often misunderstood as shy, and sometimes even rude. A timid child can be difficult to build rapport with, but it's important we nurture their sensitive natures.
Sheryl Sandberg's advice
Forget foreplay. The new and improved route to intercourse is "choreplay" - it's good for your spouse, good for your house, and comes with the imprimatur of feminist du jour Sheryl Sandberg.
The first time your child learns a new skill at playtime is very exciting - for both you and your baby! Play is important to your child's development for a variety of reasons - here are some simple ideas for you to try at home.
For me, being the best mother I can be means being a mum alone, at least for now. Thinking of my friends with inadequate partners, I wonder why more people don’t choose single motherhood.
Weird poses, surprise photobombs, bizarre editing: these are the wedding photos that should have never seen the light of day.
The mother of a four-week-old Perth baby who died after contracting whooping cough says her family has been left devastated by the loss of her "gorgeous, sweet" son.
To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!
Little Peyton Williams thought she was getting a baby sister named Charlee. But the two-year-old has had to settle for a doll dressed in pink after her baby "sister" turned out to be a boy.
We all know that having a strong immune system is the best way to stay healthy – but what can we do to help it along?
A Melbourne mum who died after the home birth of her baby pleaded with her husband to call an ambulance because she felt she was going to die, the Victorian Coroners Court has heard.
Q: My two-month-old baby doesn't like me. He's perfectly content with my wife, but when I try to hold him, he gets upset and cries. I've backed off a little, thinking that he just needs a little time to get used to me, but that doesn't seem to be working. I'm starting to think I'm just not a very good dad. Is it too late for me to build a relationship with my baby?
Wouldn’t it be great to get some nice feedback every now and then? After all, everyone likes to hear positive praise, particularly when it comes to parenting.
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!
If you're looking to revive an older name, or don’t want anything near the top 1000 list, check out these rare monikers for your unique baby.
It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.
When there’s no question that milk banks are important, why don’t we have more of them in Australia?
Television personality Carrie Bickmore has given birth to her second child.
Top 5 Articles
Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.
A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.
Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.
With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!
Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".
To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!
I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.
There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.
When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.
A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.
Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.
If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.
According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.
Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.
Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.
An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.
A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.
Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.
A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.
Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.
Sign up now!
Receive a daily email from Essential Baby during April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.