If you’ve got a garden in your backyard and it’s not quite what you had envisioned when you started the project, you should take relief in knowing that with a bit of ingenuity and a few modifications it’s possible to have an abundant garden that isn’t an eyesore or a hassle to maintain.

Growing a garden in your backyard can be one of the most fulfilling experiences, especially when done right. On the other hand, poor design and management can lead to burdensome and unenjoyable gardening.

Girl in backyard garden

To get the most of your back garden space in terms of productivity, aesthetic appeal and comfort, consider the following 4 tips:

1. Bring in a Landscape Gardener

The fastest way to get things looking professional is to hire the assistance of a landscape gardener, who can help you rearrange components and redesign the layout of your garden in a manner that accents the features of your backyard’s landscape. These professionals are trained to implement improvements in every aesthetic and functional aspect of the garden, including irrigation, walls, ponds, walkways, trellises, and plant selection and placement.

2. Build a Conservatory for Climate Control

In case you don’t know what a conservatory is, it’s simply a room with glass walls and glass roof, which is attached to your home. In essence it’s very similar to an attached greenhouse. Thus, the benefit of moving all or part of your garden into a conservatory is that you’ll have better control over the environment, so you’ll be able to maintain an ideal temperature and humidity level for all of your plants regardless of the time of season or outside weather conditions.

3. Adding Turf for a Great Look Year Round

Real grass requires routine cutting and maintenance, and in the winter, fall, or during times of sparse rainfall, it can start to turn brown, creating a rather unsightly look. To ensure that a uniformly appealing lawn will surround your garden at all times, with minimal maintenance, it might be a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of using turf. For starters, turf doesn’t require any irrigation or the use of toxic weedkillers, it’s cleaner to walk on, and it’s safer for children to play on.

4. Adding a Deck and Decorations

Installing a deck is another great way to create a comfortable place of sanctuary to better enjoy the backyard scenery you’ve worked so hard to build. You can arrange some ornamental plants and perennial flowers around the deck and use it as a convenient spot to overlook the rest of the garden, or bring a few potted plants to the deck to turn it into an extension of the main garden. Consider adding some decorative items like hanging baskets and miniature statues to throw in the finishing touches.

Spend Time with Your Garden

Finally, the best advice we can give you to help you find your own improvements, is to spend time with your garden as frequently as possible. Over time you’ll think of new features that could enhance and expand it. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is any great backyard garden.