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Making the Most of your Big Backyard

Making the Most of your Big Backyard By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

People may wish at times that they had a larger backyard but when if they had one they would not know what to do with all the extra space. Do you know what to do with your big backyard?

Unless you are looking for a new home and wondering whether a large backyard should be on your list of desirable features, chances are you already have one. So what do you do with your big backyard if you have one? The possibilities for backyard landscaping may only be limited by your imagination and budget.

It is Your Backyard After All

Your plans for backyard landscaping may be determined by considerations like how long you are going to stay there or community restrictions. Assuming you have the freedom to do so, why not plan your big backyard landscaping according to your current and future needs? For instance, if you enjoy a certain type or style of gardening, let your backyard be your workshop with room to grow or change things to your heart's content. It is your backyard after all so start landscaping and if you need to change things then so be it.

Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Is your big backyard begging for landscaping but you have no clue what to do with it? You could hire someone or just go to a bookstore for ideas and instructions on backyard landscaping. Here is a short list of ideas for your backyard to get you started - enjoy!
  • Create a Japanese rock, tea, water, or Zen garden.
  • Build a walking path through your backyard and add points of interest like bird feeders, fish ponds, and other stone or ceramic garden accessories.
  • Install an in-ground swimming pool or build a gazebo around a hot tub.
  • Grow exotic roses or a stunning array of wild grasses.
  • Construct a sandy playground area in your big backyard or use interlocking bricks for an outdoor basketball court.


About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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