Our decks mark the entertaining spaces driving outdoor living. As such, they serve as extensions of the home. They also host the transition from the house into the backyard. We spend lots of time refinishing, decorating, and furnishing our decks. In addition to the deck itself, the surrounding area also needs attention. In order to create a seamless outdoor living environment, all of the pieces have to come together. That means, the perimeter of your deck deserves thoughtful design. Interested in learning more about how to landscape around your deck? Here is a helpful guide to designing the perfect deck landscaping.
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Things to Consider
Where to Start
Before getting started, landscaping requires a plan. Consider the conditions of your surroundings and geography before breaking soil. Climate, weather trends, sunlight, and maintenance should all play a role in your landscaping decisions. Really think about what kind of greenery will thrive in your backyard. Do you get direct sunlight around the deck? How will your choices look in the fall and winter? Also keep in mind how tall you want the border to be. Landscaping designs range from ground level to multiple feet in height. Evergreen trees and boxwoods create privacy around ground level decks. Of course, the size of your yard and how much available ground you have to work with are important factors as well.
So, what are your options? The sky is really the limit with deck landscaping. For the sake of simplifying categories, the landscaping starts with either ground level design, or building/ installing flower boxes. Ground level landscaping gives you open space to use for layering your border. Flower boxes, while more restricting, add height to the perimeter. They also add the aesthetics of an additional wooden structure. Next, you have to decide if you’ll finish the garden with top soil or mulch.
Not all deck landscaping involves plants and flowers. Decks can be trimmed with borders of stones. Stones are easy to maintain because they don’t require watering or grooming. Options include boxed in sections of smaller stones, or piles of larger rocks. You may even want to design a combination of both small and large stones. Again, stone landscaping is virtually maintenance free. If you don’t want to water, weed, and replant every year, consider a non-living border around your deck.
Another option for deck landscaping is brick. Building a brick walkway around a deck also trims the structure in a very uniform fashion. The contrast of red brick and wood makes for a dynamic backyard landscape. Brick walkways can also lead from the deck to other areas in the yard. Walkways that start at the bottom of the steps create a deliberate continuation for visitors.
Where to Start
After you weigh your options, design your landscaping plan. You can work with a landscaper or make it a DIY project. Either way, successful landscaping starts with the planning process. Most clean landscaping relies on symmetry and even spacing. Measure the ground and decide how many plants, rocks or bricks you’ll need to fulfill your design. Keep in mind bushes grow in height and width. Allow space for the expected growth. Makes sure to include a trimming border in your plan. This could be made of loose rocks, wood, or even a stone wall.