Many suburban homes in Australia have small, flat backyards. While they're very practical, they can also be a bit on the boring side. If this sounds like your garden, then you'll be pleased to know that with a few simple landscaping products, you can transform your backyard into a visually interesting and beautiful oasis. Here are three easy-to-use and highly effective landscape products that are readily available from your local landscape supply company.
1. Pavers for an outdoor seating area
Having an area that allows you to dine al fresco, or enjoy your morning coffee and newspaper outdoors, is important to many Australian home-owners. Using pavers to create a simple but attractive patio is a great way to achieve this.
Pavers are perfectly suited for use in a flat backyard because all they require is a level surface and a bed of sand. You can pick up some sand at your landscape supplier along with your pavers. Laying the pavers is a simple job that even a novice at DIY will be able to do in no time. If you're not feeling confident, many landscape suppliers will also provide you with a short how-to guide when you buy your pavers.
2. Retaining wall blocks to create raised garden beds
Retaining walls are a great way to introduce a variation of levels to a flat backyard. They give you the opportunity to create garden beds that will really stand out once they've been elevated above the rest of the garden. They look particularly effective when used as a border for your paved, outdoor seating area.
Retaining wall blocks are easy to use and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colours. They're designed to lock into each other as you construct the retaining wall, so there's no need to use concrete, grout, or adhesives. If your garden is flat throughout, then you can buy a small truckload of soil to fill the garden beds you've created so they're ready for planting.
3. Decorative gravel to add some colour
Using decorative gravel is an eye-catching way to add all-year-around colour to your backyard. It's perfect to use to cover bare patches between plants in your garden bed, and also provides a stylish contrast between the colour of the gravel and the green of the plants and grass. As an added bonus, gravel acts as an effective ground cover which will deter weed growth and help your garden retain moisture.
Decorative gravel comes in a wide range of colours, so you can be as subtle or as bold as you like. You can even use a variety of colours to create a more interesting look. Decorative gravel can also be used to create a colourful border around the pavers of your outdoor seating area.
A small flat back yard may seem a little dull, but it's really a blank canvas that's just waiting to be turned into a piece of art. These three landscaping products will help you to create the basic shape of a striking garden that is a pleasure to spend time in.