How to Care For an Enormous Backyard Garden

I have a feeling that you and I have a similar problem. How to take care of our enormous backyard garden! And I have a feeling that, just like us, you love having trees and flowers, areas for the kids and pets to run free, privacy...our little peace of heaven you might say. But, as with so many issues in life, along with the good comes a little bit of bad. In this case maintenance.

We know all about maintenance. We currently have a house situated in the center of a five acre piece of property. Starting out as one big cow farm with barbed wire fencing, scrub trees and underbrush, we have landscaped it a little at a time, and we have maintained it for almost 20 years.

So, technically, our backyard garden consists of about two acres. But, being a master gardener married to a horticulturalist, actually, our whole five acres is one enormous garden. Below are some landscape design tips on how to care for a big backyard garden.

Firstly, divide and conquer. Divide your backyard into "rooms" by making special areas to go out and enjoy. Perhaps a gazebo that entices you to go to the back of the property where you may not otherwise venture is in order, or maybe a fire pit, playground, swimming pool, or garden shed would be fun for you and your family. Or, how about your own secret garden?

Secondly, consider putting in a fence for easy maintenance and for a cozy feel. Within that space, you can have a patio, flowerbeds, herb gardens or a sitting area. The possibilities are endless. This leaves the rest of the yard easier to mow and maintain.

Lastly, got woods? Consider leaving some of the good trees, like oaks and pines, and take out some of the least desirable trees like mock orange or mimosa trees. This is called "forest management" and it will work for large wooded backyards as well. Also, consider a shade garden somewhere among the trees or even a bluebird trail or a wildflower area. This will allow you to create a nice backyard habitat for your family and the furry critters.

I hope learning how to care for your enormous backyard garden just got easier with the tips listed above. Once you have a plan in place, you'll have more time to relax and enjoy that nap in your hammock!

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