Are you starting your landscaping with a clean slate? Perhaps you've moved into a new house and you don't even have grass yet. Or it could be that there's grass, but not a single other thing in the landscape design. Or, maybe you've been living in your present house for awhile, yet you've never really had the time or the money to invest in the scenery. Whatever the circumstances leading you to start landscaping your back yard, from establishing focal points to installing a sprinkler system, here are some ideas that might help you to create a picture perfect place that you can enjoy with your family and friends.

First Things First - Grass. If it's established already, count yourself lucky. If you don't have grass yet, that's probably the best place to start. Talk to a landscape company to find out which type of grass will do best in your back yard. The professionals at the landscape company will be able to recommend a grass that grows well in your area. Whether you are establishing a brand-new lawn or whether you already have grass, think about having a sprinkler system installed. By doing so, you will more than likely save water, as you can set timers, allowing the grass to be watered in the early morning hours and in the evening hours. Think of the time you'll save by having sprinklers. If you've been hand watering, or if you have had to move portable spillers from one location of the back yard to the other, you'll probably wonder why you didn't install a sprinkler system a long time ago. Reach out to a company like Wagner SOD Company for more information and assistance. 

Add Focal Points - As you plan your landscaping, think of how you want to use your back yard. For example, if you want to do outdoor entertaining, consider the addition of a patio, maybe even an outdoor kitchen. Have you always wanted a gazebo? If so, think of making it the focal point of your back yard, surrounding it with flowering plants in pots of different sizes and designs. Perhaps you want to add statuary to the yard. If so, consider choosing statuary of things found in nature. For example, think of buying statues of small animals that can be placed in strategic areas of the yard. On the other hand, you might decide to add a bit of whimsy to the back yard by purchasing fairy or gnome statues.