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.





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

11 things that will happen when you're breastfeeding

After having three children and various degrees of success feeding them all, there's one thing I can tell you: virtually nothing will go as planned.

Surgery for baby born with a tail

A baby born with a tail has had it removed after doctors feared the birth defect might cause long term damage to his lower body.

When 'skin to skin' becomes a family affair

An adorable photo of a little boy and his dad enjoying skin to skin contact with newborn twins is melting hearts everywhere.

35 hilariously weird 'top tips'

Who would have thunk it? We never knew there were so many uses for feminine hygiene products. 

Pregnancy skin woes: acne, dry skin, itchy skin

Here are some of the most common skin complaints in pregnancy and how to tackle them, face on.

Watch this fun dance class for babywearing dads

Is there anything sexier than a babywearing dad?

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

When your kids have totally different temperaments

Sometimes it has felt like whiplash parenting. She perches watchfully while I vacuum; he tries to climb on and go for a ride.

How do our stress levels influence our baby?

Since having my second baby a number of people have commented on how placid, content and settled he is and, similarly, many have commented on how this is a reflection of how I am with him.

Separation anxiety isn't just for kids

Despite its prevalence, most doctors tend to be reluctant to diagnose adult patients with separation anxiety.

A charm bracelet, a boy, and my beliefs questioned

I was staring at the face of my son, realising that my once steadfast decision to be open minded was quickly unravelling at the seams.

Why I'm so grateful for Hayden Panettiere's PND honesty

There are baby steps and giant leaps forward. But there are steps backwards, too. And, oh, how they can hurt your heart.

The heartbreaking story of little Moko

The mother of 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri said she should have picked up on the signs. {Warning: distressing content}

Kate Beckinsale and teen daughter recreate birth photo

Kate Beckinsale has recreated her daughter Lily's birth photo, 17 years after she was born.

The adult-size stroller you'll want to test drive

It's one of the biggest baby related purchases they will make, so it makes sense that parents-to-be get a chance to road test a stroller.

Pregnancy announcement shows the reality of IVF

It's a long way from baby booties or bump shots people have become accustomed to in social media pregnancy announcements.  

Soleil Moon Frye welcomes fourth baby

"Punky Brewster" is a mom again, for the fourth time. Soleil Moon Frye announced the birth of her baby boy, Story, on Instagram Wednesday.

Mum breastfeeds baby found abandoned on the street

A woman has been praised as a "beautiful mother" after breastfeeding a baby which had been abandoned at the side of a street. 

A birth with a difference: the 'natural caesarean'

We've shared stories of gentle caesareans before, but a new video shows a new option called a 'natural caesarean'.

Baby name inspiration by music genre

If you're all about the music, then you'll need a musical name for that baby. We've got all the lists for you by music genre.

Giving effective instructions to toddlers

One of the most common errors made by parents is in how they give instructions to their children.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

Vintage Toys

The toys of your childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.

 
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.