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Yard Landscaping Design Ideas for the Minimalist

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

The problem with most landscaping design ideas is that they are too complex for the typical lawn area. But here are some yard landscaping techniques that you can try in your yard immediately with just a few commonly found materials.

When you think of yard landscaping, the first images that come to your mind might be of ornate waterfalls and intricately cut shrubbery. European gardens are great examples of landscaping designs with sophistication. But unless you have an unlimited amount of time and access to expensive materials, these design just aren't practical. But with some imagination and a couple of hours, here are some ideas.

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  • Walkway. Break up the monotony of a yard by creating a walkway. Connect two points of your property using nothing more than hexagonal stones. This requires some digging.
  • Archway. Lattice board makes a perfect walkway for your new path. Lace the lattice board with some kudzu or similar vine-like growing plant.
  • Goldfish Pool. Plastic pool containers can be found at your local home and garden store. Sink the container in firmly packed soil to add a water aspect.
  • Yard Walls. If you have an exceptionally steep portion of your lawn, a popular yard landscaping design is to add walls using railroad ties.
  • Garden. This traditional landscaping design allows you to add an organic perspective to your lawn.


Some selectively placed yard landscaping projects will improve the look of your property without breaking your bank or your back.

Advanced Gardener Tip: You can learn even more about landscaping and design through design classes at graphic design schools.



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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