A new beginning deserves a new backyard

 
Kristin Kuebler of Arlington Heights
Posted6/3/2018 6:00 AM
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  • The Kueblers are a newlywed couple who recently bought a fixer-upper in Arlington Heights. They have worked hard on the inside of the house. Now they need help getting the yard in shape.

    The Kueblers are a newlywed couple who recently bought a fixer-upper in Arlington Heights. They have worked hard on the inside of the house. Now they need help getting the yard in shape.

  • Matt Mlynski of A Garden Guy landscaping suggests this plan for the Keblers' yard.

    Matt Mlynski of A Garden Guy landscaping suggests this plan for the Keblers' yard.

  • Little lamb panicle hydrangea

    Little lamb panicle hydrangea Photos Courtesy of A Garden Guy

  • Chinese fountain grass

    Chinese fountain grass

  • Guacamole hosta

    Guacamole hosta

We are a newlywed couple who just bought a fixer-upper in November. We have worked extremely hard with the help of both of our families to get the inside of our house to feel like a home. Now it's time for the backyard!

We would love to get help and some ideas on how to make our yard a more beautiful space that we can enjoy. Some privacy in the yard is one of the top desires on our list, along with adding color and more luscious-looking grass. The yard size is great and there are so many possibilities that can be done. It just needs a lot of TLC. We also have a great-size deck, which we are planning to utilize for parties and get-togethers. Please help us create the backyard of our dreams!

Design by A Garden Guy

Expert: Matt Mlynski, owner, agardenguylandscaping.com.

When it comes to backyard lawns, I believe less is more. This is based on the environmental and ecological impact necessary to keep lawns healthy, without providing much in return. You already have some larger trees in the back corner of the yard. I would enlarge those beds and add some shade-loving perennials (hostas, astilbe, etc.) with a natural cut in edge to define the bed.

Budget: $10,000 or more

Suggestions

• I'm guessing most of the privacy is needed on the north side of the yard. The most common tree in these cases is 'Emerald Green' Arborvitae. They get to a mature height of about 10 to 12 feet and can be spaced out every 3 to 4 feet. This will create a nice break between you and your neighbor.

• Although you already have a beautiful deck for entertaining, it is often nice to create a separate seating area for people to gather. I would suggest a flagstone path to a small, natural stone seating area. The patio can be about 12 feet in diameter with a seat wall made from retaining wall blocks.

• The path and patio can be surrounded by flower beds. Shrubs such as hydrangeas, knockout rose bushes and dwarf lilacs are an excellent way to add color. This still allows for plenty of yard space to enjoy backyard games while entertaining.

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