Even though you might love being in your back yard and even though you enjoy gardening, have you decided that you want to simplify the care you give to your back yard landscaping? You might have decided that your water bill is too high, or you might have determined that you spend too much time watering a large lawn. In that case, you might be thinking of adding a hardscape to part of your landscaping. If so, from buying ready mix cement to selecting accent pieces for your hardscape, here are some ideas that might help you to create a unique an attractive addition to your back yard.
Do It Yourself - Of course, if you are having professionals do the work for you, all you have to do is give them your plan and they will follow it. However, if you are a do-it-yourself type of person, you probably want to crate the hardscape yourself. There's just something very special about gazing upon something you have designed and carried out yourself, isn't there?
Start your design on paper. For example, if you want a round or an oval foundation to your hardscape, indicate that on the paper. Next make a list of things you need to buy. For example, if you have chosen cement for the foundation of your hardscape, find a ready mix cement supplier who will sell you the amount of cement you'll need. If you've used ready mix cement in the past, you'll already know how easy it is to prepare it. If you haven't used it before, you'll be amazed. Besides being affordable, the finished cement hardscape will give you years of use, and it will be very easy to care for. Consider faux painting the ready mix cement to look like bricks, flagstone, wood or even like Saltillo tile.
Accent Items - Think of ways to beautify the area of your back yard where you have decided to use your ready mix cement for the hardscape. Would you like a focal point in that part of your back yard?If so, consider buying a multi layered water fountain that will add interest to the hardscape area. Another idea is to buy huge planters that will later hold small trees or topiaries. Consider obtaining large rocks to place in strategic parts of your hardscape. A fun touch would be to place small pots filled with flowering plants on the rocks.
Contact a company, like P & L Concrete Products Inc & Garden Center, for more help.