Tips for Landscaping a Wooded Backyard
By Tara Thomas
, last updated July 20, 2011
There’s no doubt that a wooded backyard can be a beautiful aspect to a home. Trees can beautify a property. Sometimes, however, homeowners find themselves with more trees than they know what to do with. Rather than waging war against your trees, learn to work with them by incorporating them into your landscape. A few tips for landscaping a wooded backyard is all you need to turn your heavily wooded yard into a space that you and your family will enjoy for years.
If you don’t have running water on your property, you can add that element relatively easily with any number of water features. Water features, such as meandering streams and waterfalls, not only introduce the soothing sounds of running water, they can also add value to your property and are beautiful to look at. Streams give your wooded backyard a forest-like quality. You can go with an alpine theme and incorporate some rocks and low-growing plants, which will go quite nicely with a yard that is heavily wooded. Culminating the stream in a waterfall pond maximizes the effect and also gives you the opportunity to plant a lovely water garden or have koi fish.
Outdoor Living Spaces
Outdoor living spaces such as patios and decks are fantastic ways of landscaping a wooded backyard. If your property is sloping or if a clearing of land is out of the question, designing and building an attached wrap-around patio or deck can provide you with ample space for socializing and entertaining. Even in the most heavily wooded backyards, the odds are the area around your home is cleared enough for you to be able to build these outdoor living spaces. Your deck will not only serve as a central gathering place, but it also will be the perfect vantage point to enjoy your lushly wooded backyard.
Terraced gardens can help you to landscape the space without the need for much clearing. Terracing around the perimeter of your home will help break up some of the tree elements by introducing other plants and flowers. Before you begin planting, think about how much time you want to devote to gardening. If it’s not a hobby or passion of yours, you may want to opt for low-maintenance designs that compliment both your home as well as your yard.
Rock and Stone
For an impressive and even stately feel to your wooded backyard, consider landscaping judiciously with rock and stone. Stone benches, stone fountains and other elements of rock all go well with a wooded backyard. Alpine garden themes rely heavily on rocks and trees. Use your home’s architecture as a guide and if rocks or stone is complimentary to its design, by all means incorporate some. Landscaping a wooded backyard doesn’t have to be as daunting a task as it appears. True, you could easily just clear a lot of the trees off of your land, but keep in mind, trees help lower the temperature near your home in the summer as well as providing shade and habitats for animals. Work with your landscape instead of against it and you’ll create a backyard that you won’t be able to stay out of.