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5 Lawn Garden Ideas that Top-Off a Beautiful Backyard

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

With an unpredictable economy and uncertain gas prices, instead of going out, more homeowners are spending time in the backyard. This outdoor space can be used for everything from leisurely family hours to occasional entertaining. Adding a lawn garden can be a unique way to maximize your backyard--and it can be much easier to add than you might think. Here are some suggestions for starting yours.

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Adding a Lawn Garden
A lawn garden can take on whatever form you imagine. With the addition of flora, fauna and accessories, it typically doesn't take much to personalize this space to reflect your personality. Keep in mind that the best lawn gardens are renewable, resilient and resourceful. With that in mind, here's what you can do:

  1. Layering the Look. If you have an idea of the estimated heights of various plants and flowers, you can layer each section to increase fullness. A helpful hint is to map out your plot first so that planting is accurate.
  2. Over the Border. Lawn garden borders come in a variety of materials--plastic, wood, and concrete, for example. Plus, borders don't have to be confined to the outside of the area. You can separate flower sections just as easily.
  3. Adding a Water Feature. This is becoming wildly popular. Your local home and garden center has kits for ponds, fountains and streams that are simple to install and add a new dimension to your backyard space.
  4. Ready, Set, Accessorize. The options here are endless. From concrete pagodas to ceramic statues, virtually every taste is represented. Stick to your budget by purchasing used accessories.
  5. Cover Your Head. A new trend in lawn gardens is creating partially covered spaces for benches or swings. This should allow you to enjoy your garden even when it rains.

By taking your time and considering the look and feel of your garden, you should be able to create a backyard landscape that is both inviting and beautiful.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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