Jump to content

What would you do with this yard?


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#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......

http://s169.beta.photobucket.com/user/tamcor/library/

#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

HTH original.gif

#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.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

'Tired' mum dies of undiagnosed diabetes

New mum Nicky Rigby thought her exhaustion was due to the demands of looking after her baby. But the 26-year-old was seriously ill with diabetes, and died due to her condition not being diagnosed.

20 signs of a great relationship

The secret to a perfect relationship is admitting you are wrong after an argument, five kisses a day and sex twice a week, a new survey suggests.

Video: emotional 60-second Robin Williams tribute

Take a minute to remember some of the greatest films of your childhood ... and have a few tissues close at hand.

The realities of escaping domestic violence

?Why doesn?t she just leave?? is the common question people ask when trying to understand domestic violence. For many, leaving the relationship is far from straightforward.

Home truths: the DIY dos and don'ts

A professional renovator gives advice on which jobs you should do yourself, and which you should outsource.

Parenting lessons I?ve yet to learn

Instead of writing about the stuff I do know since becoming a mum, I thought I'd share some of the things I don't. These are the lessons that motherhood hasn't taught me.

Will I be wrecked 'down there' after birth?

Did you worry about how you would look "down there" after giving birth? This mum-to-be found plenty of women willing to share their knowledge.

The new weekend playgroup for working mums

Playgroups are great for kids and parents alike - but the downside is that they often meet during the week, leaving working mums out of the loop.

Letting your toddler be the boss at bedtime

Sick of spending hours trying to get your toddler to sleep? These experts say giving your child more of a say at bedtime might be the answer.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

Consulting 'Dr Google' when you're pregnant

We're all guilty of turning to the internet for a quick answer when we need medical advice, but Dr Google should be approached with caution - especially when you're pregnant.

16 ways to tie a scarf

Scarfs are the perfect winter accessory. Whether you're freezing at soccer training or wanting to add a splash of colour to a monochrome top, the right scarf will sort you out in no time. Just ask Nina Proudman.

Video: When adults act like children

Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

The simple way to support other parents

We may be raising children of different ages and sexes, with different personalities, but we, as parents, aren't that different - we all have similar struggles, fears, doubts, responsibilities.

Seeing the big picture when it comes to parenting

Sometimes it feels like hundreds of tiny cracks are spreading across the surface of our lives, creeping slowly into the foundations and threatening to make them crumble. How do we hold it all together?

How to spot a lactaboobiephobia sufferer

Lactation consultant Meg Nagle refused to stay silent when Facebook removed two photos of her breastfeeding. Instead, she coined a term to describe those who don't recognise breastfeeding for the natural and non-sexual act that it is.

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Do you suffer from Precious Firstborn Syndrome?

Testing ?no more tears? shampoo in your own eyes, warming cucumber sticks so they're not cold straight from the fridge, waking a sleeping baby to check they?re still breathing: these are all symptoms of Precious Firstborn Syndrome.

Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Video: When adults act like children

Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

Mums hit hardest as flu cases skyrocket

The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.

The mum who had four babies in nine months

Feeling exhausted due to the demands of caring for a baby? Imagine the life of this mum, who gave birth to three boys and one girl in just nine months.

Everything baby at Big W

Lowest prices on everything baby, only at Big W. Sale starts August 4 and ends August 20 2014.

Smiggle is painting the town red!

We have 3 Red Smiggle prize packs to give away! Enter by posting a photo of something red to your Instagram.

Mum gives birth at school

Most kids have their own personal brand of oddity. Others, like these 10 weird habits, crop up again and again.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.