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posted: 5/20/2012 1:57 AM

Backyard makeover contest Week 3: Boring and Tired Backyard

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  • RYCO Landscaping suggests adding a new paver patio with a built-in seat wall surrounded by low-maintence plantings to transform a backyard into an oasis.

      RYCO Landscaping suggests adding a new paver patio with a built-in seat wall surrounded by low-maintence plantings to transform a backyard into an oasis.

  • RYCO Landscaping suggests adding a new paver patio with a built-in seat wall surrounded by low-maintence plantings to transform a backyard into an oasis.

      RYCO Landscaping suggests adding a new paver patio with a built-in seat wall surrounded by low-maintence plantings to transform a backyard into an oasis.

  • RYCO Landscaping suggests adding a new paver patio with a built-in seat wall surrounded by low-maintence plantings to transform a backyard into an oasis.

      RYCO Landscaping suggests adding a new paver patio with a built-in seat wall surrounded by low-maintence plantings to transform a backyard into an oasis.

  • Mount Prospect homeowners want to turn their yard from a catchall for toys in the summer to an oasis to escape the realities of life.

      Mount Prospect homeowners want to turn their yard from a catchall for toys in the summer to an oasis to escape the realities of life.

 
By Marnia Finder of Mount Prospect

We bought our house 13 years ago because of the large yard for our two kids. Now with two more kids in the mix and my husband having back surgery and being left with a partially paralyzed foot, we have not the time, energy or stamina to put the work into our yard that we used to do with gusto. Our patio is boring and a catchall for toys and summer stuff. We long for tranquillity especially since we do live on a busy road. Our backyard needs to be our oasis to escape the realities of life. Instead it is a constant source of how we have failed to make it all it can be! My husband and I love plants and water gardens. We plant a garden and herbs for the kids to learn about homegrown food and for good eating. It takes all of our time and resources to plant, maintain and harvest our garden. We need serious help with reviving our backyard! My husband and I could once again enjoy the peacefulness of our backyard late into the evening in the summer and we would also be motivated again to have friends and family over again, which hasn't been the case for many years. I think at this point that we are somewhat embarrassed to share our yard with others because it needs so much work. Our family of six lives in a small house so our backyard space is essential to us in the summer months. Please help us put some pep back into our backyard so that it isn't so underused, boring and just plain tired!

Here is what the experts at RYCO Landscaping suggest, on a budget of $10,000:

This beautiful patio and garden were designed with a busy family of six in mind. The family longed for a relaxing and tranquil garden where they could shed everyday stresses, but surgeries and health issues had prevented working on outdoor projects. The design team at RYCO Landscaping created an outdoor living space that will offer them a place to relax -- as well as entertain. A large patio with Belgard pavers offers plenty of room for the family to dine on their new patio table set in warm summer months, while the Belgard seatwall gives visitors plenty of extra seating. Columns flanking the seatwall are great for a pot of annual flowers or potted herbs. A new grill allows the family to try out new recipes with their homegrown vegetables. The design team placed soft and colorful plants around the patio that will give visual interest throughout the four seasons. Boxwood and yew shrubs offer year-round color while Limelight Hydrangea and Summerwine ninebark provide structure and height. The ninebark helps block utility boxes against the back of the home. Knock Out Rose and Minuet weigela provide cheery flowers in the summer while perennial flowers and grasses will bloom throughout summer and fall. Even though the plants bring a big punch of color and interest, they are all low maintenance and easy to take care of so yard work will not stress the family. Steppingstones offer a path through the bed so they can access the rest of the yard. This beautiful garden will be a space the homeowners will want to show off to their friends and family, and help them create new memories for years to come.

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