A beautiful landscape offers an appeal to the house. Landscaping is an activity that transforms land into a gorgeous scenario. Similarly, this is associated with gardening which is the art of creating a beautiful environment within the landscape. Actually, this includes the living, natural and abstract elements also called plants, terrain, and structures.
When we discuss landscaping, the options are overflowing. There are those who prefer a balanced arrangement of plants and patios. While the others go for a sustainable landscape design that con conserves water and generates a natural environment. While some likes constructing a garden-like landscape style that looks pleasant. Anyway, whatever option you prefer, this blog recommends some tips on how to landscape around a deck in the backyard.
One of the favorite spots to hang out with family and friends is on the backyard deck. To make it a pleasant space to stay is by enhancing this outdoor living space by adding beautiful landscaping around the deck. Therefore, surround it with as many of your favorite plants.
Tips on How to Landscape Around a Deck
Consider the following tips in creating a gorgeous landscape around the backyard
Choose a variety of plants
Decide on the kind of plants to use. Start by picking out few shrubs or small trees to include in your garden. Then choose smaller perennials and ornamental grasses to fill around them. Ensure that the range of plants will grow in the amount of sunlight your yard gets.
Determine the Border of the Backyard
Arrange the selected plants into a rough layout around the deck. Actually, this will give you an idea of how much space you need for the landscape border. You may use a garden hose as a temporary marker to identify the border. Then use landscape paint to mark the perimeter of the border.
Excavate the existing lawn
Move the plants out of the way after marking the border and excavate the existing lawn within the border. Slice the turf within the border into smaller chunks or strips. Afterward, wedge the shovel under the edges you cut and slide the blade of the shovel about an inch under the turf to sever roots. Then peel the sod back to expose the soil underneath.
Install the Border Edging
After removal of the turfgrass, install landscape edging to help define the garden border and to keep the grass from creeping back in. Dig a shallow trench along the border to make the installation process easier. Then, working in small sections, cut pieces of plastic or rubber edging to fit the bed. Place the edging along the border in the trench, connecting pieces with the connector tube. Secure the edging into place by filling the trench back in with soil. To prevent runoff during rain, assemble the edging at about an inch above the top of the soil.
Layout the landscape fabric
After landscaping, cover the soil with fabric to minimize the amount of weeding to do. You can skip this step and rely more on mulch to keep down weeds. Place the landscape fabric filling the entire space and cut it to fit the borders. Insert fabric pins along the borders to hold them in place.
Identify the final layout for plants
Meanwhile, check the entire project coming together. Set out the plants where to arrange them in the landscape keeping the larger plants close to the deck, while the smaller plants are closer to the outer border. Use a variety of textures to add interest and leave enough space between the plants so they can grow larger over time.
Cut holes in fabric and plant
If the layout looks fine, cut a hole in the landscape fabric where each plant can go. Then, dig a hole in the soil underneath and add each plant to its own hole. Fill in the gaps around the plants with the soil you dug from the hole. Water each plant to settle once the whole garden is planted.
Add a layer of mulch/protection
Tie the entire bed together and create a tidy appearance of a 2-inch layer of mulch by spreading it so that no landscape fabric shows through once completed.
Lastly, with a little regular maintenance, you can keep your plants happy and manageable.
Finally, you will enjoy the new view from your deck.