Even though you are probably not using your back yard as much as you did during the warmer months, that doesn't mean that you can't plan next year's landscaping design, does it? If you have decided to add extra pizazz to your back yard landscaping, from including masonry work to adding a hardscape, here are some ideas that might help you
Masonry To Create Retaining Walls - If you want to add interest and drama to your back yard, you might be thinking of hiring a mason to create a new look in your back yard. For example, if your garden slopes, you might have always pictured retaining walls that accentuate the slope. A mason will have the skills and the experience to design the walls for you. For example, he or she might suggest that brick be used in the construction of the retaining walls. One brick section could hold things like ferns, mosses, and succulents. A section of the brick work could also hold things like bougainvillea plants and other flowering plants. Another section might be a perfect place for you to have a small vegetable garden. Consider making a sketch of the work you want to have done. The mason will have the training to fine-tune your design in a way that will make it work best in your back yard.
Masonry To Add A Hardscape - The same mason that creates your retaining walls will have the skills to also create the hardscape you've been wanting to add to your back yard landscaping. For example, if he or she used brick for the retaining walls, it might be recommended that the same brick be used, along with flagstone, for the foundation of your hardscape. The mason might suggest that you have concrete as the foundation for your hardscape. He or she might even have the skills to faux paint the concrete to look like a pebble stone road found in the quaint villages of Mexico or Italy, or the concrete might be combined with brick or flagstone, complementing the other masonry work that was done to build your retaining walls. To add color to your hardscape, consider having very large pots that will be placed in strategic areas of the hardscape. When the weather permits, add small trees and flowering plants to the large pots. Think of buying a statue that will serve as a focal point of your hardscape, too.