Backyard Landscaping Makeover

Inexpensive backyard landscaping ideas? Follow my example and do it yourself!

My new backyard!

As you learned from my garage improvement post, I do not like eye sores! Unfortunately, this house had a few of them. As you’ve also learned, though, I was determined to do something about them!

Next on the list was the small backyard, full of all kinds of weeds, uneven, dry spots and an improperly installed sprinkler system with stuck out and mower broken heads.

In early August 2011, I decided to start working on it.

GETTING MY HANDS DIRTY

After making my decision about the different inexpensive backyard landscaping ideas I considered, the first step was pulling out all of the old tubing, connectors, and broken sprinkler heads. That was easy!

Then, a rotary tiller was used to soften the soil and help with weed removal. That was not that easy!

I may not be as strong as I thought because I can tell you that pushing and pulling the tiller across the small backyard was a very physically demanding job. Although it was definitely a better option than doing all the work by hand, I was exhausted after a few minutes. A break followed!

Tilled and semi cleaned up backyard, showing piles of soil and weeds

Tilled and semi cleaned up backyard

Right after, it was time to spray, pull and clean up as many weeds as reasonably possible, I did not want to risk having them back within a few days, oh no!

Once that was done, lots of material had to be removed and dumped before continuing with the next step, another physically demanding one, pulling a trencher to dig, well, a trench, for the irrigation pipe. I did not enjoy that part of the job either, but at least, it was time to take another “break” while installing the pipe, connectors, and new sprinkler heads.

A man putting irrigation pipe and heads in place

A friend helping put sprinkler pipe and heads in place

 

A man putting sprinkler pipe and heads in place on the backyard

A friend helping put sprinkler pipe and heads in place

 

A friend helping put sprinkler pipe and heads in place

Some sprinkler pipe and heads in place, apparently, my clean up work was not as good as I thought

COMPLETING THE ACTUAL BACKYARD IMPROVEMENT WORK

With the new sprinkler pipe and heads in place, it was time to move on to the next step, installing some landscape edging, fabric and spreading a total of seven tons of river rock. It is definitely easier said than done, but don’t listen to me, I’m not trying to get you discouraged, the exact opposite actually, the end result of any of your projects is most likely well worth the effort.

Backyard after installing some edging, fabric and spreading some rocks

Half way in the process of installing some edging, fabric and spreading rock

 

Spreading some river rock

Spreading some river rock

Already feeling excited about the small backyard transformation, it was only a matter of getting and planting a tree or two and spreading some grass seed to finish the product. I went back and forth about the right number of trees, perhaps one would have been enough, but I ended up getting two, my reasoning was that a few years from now they would provide a really nice shade on that west-facing side of the house.

Backyard showing completed rock work and new trees

Completed rock work & deciding where to plant new trees

 

Backyard showing the completed rock work and new trees

Completed rock work

Thanks to the fact that the soil had already been tilled, cleaned up and I was already used to the hard work, digging a couple of holes to plant the trees and spreading the grass seed was a breeze. I could have done it the easy way and used grass sod, however, I wanted to try the seed before incurring the extra expense. Fortunately, it went well, and a couple of weeks later the new grass was growing! A couple of months later, before the cold hit, it was all covered in grass!

Finished backyard showing trees in place

Trees are in place and grass seed spread out

 

Finished backyard showing tree in place and grass seed spread out

My new backyard!

Readers, have you ever completed a similar project on your yard? Did you enjoy it? What would you have done differently on my small backyard? Please share your inexpensive backyard landscaping ideas!

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Backyard Landscaping Makeover