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Article posted: 5/26/2013 5:00 AM

Outdoor makeover contest Week 4: Dreaming of a natural retreat

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This family would like to use the natural area and meditation meadow behind their yard as inspiration for a backyard makeover.

A new planting bed off the existing patio would add color and texture.

Courtesy of RYCO Design Group

A dry creek bed through the planting bed will help with drainage and tie in with the natural area surrounding the home.

Courtesy of RYCO Design Group

A bench and a bird bath make the new planting bed a relaxing place to spend time.

Courtesy of RYCO Design Group

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Our backyard is the reason we bought our house. It backs up to a meditation meadow that provides a sense of peace and opportunities to observe wildlife in the middle of the suburbs.
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    • This family would like to use the natural area and meditation meadow behind their yard as inspiration for a backyard makeover.
    • A new planting bed off the existing patio would add color and texture.
    • A dry creek bed through the planting bed will help with drainage and tie in with the natural area surrounding the home.
    • A bench and a bird bath make the new planting bed a relaxing place to spend time.
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