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Deck and Patio Landscaping Ideas

The deck and patio landscaping ideas will make the outdoor space both visually appealing and highly functional. You can decorate the area around your deck with plantersflower bedsmulchgraveltreesrock beds, or backyard ponds, depending on your preference and requirements.

From selecting the right seasonal plants to installing an outdoor kitchen, our landscaping services can do it all for you. Contact us today for a stunning landscape!

Different landscapes have different shapes, sizes and aesthetics. Therefore, you will need to make installations that will take into consideration the factors mentioned as well as the cost and maintenance involved for each of these. In this article, 

Eden brings you some landscaping ideas that are diverse enough to cover all aspects of design around the decks and patios of different types. This will help you pick the ones that suit your landscape the best.

Design Your Yard With Your House and Deck in Mind

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Every house has its own personality and character; the deck or patio is part of this vibe as well. Therefore, when designing your landscape, you should do so with the house and the deck in mind so that every aspect of your property is cohesive and complements each other well. There shouldn’t be any clash within the different elements of your property.

For example, if your house has a rustic look, then you should surround the deck or patio with natural elements as rustic and woody aesthetics are all about being in harmony with nature. On the other hand, if your house and deck are constructed in a contemporary style, then you should design your landscape in slightly geometric patterns with clearly defined lines for the different sections.

Decorate Your Patio or Deck with Planters and Flower Beds

Planters are great additions to add color to raised decks. You could choose to install a planter of the same wood as your deck or something similar to match the aesthetics. To make your own wooden planter you can use 2×4 or 2×6 boards. A false bottom should be placed about 12-16 inches (depending on the height of the planter) below the opening so that you can place your plants on this and it would look like the plants are growing right out of the planter.

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Patios are generally the most visible areas of an outdoor space. So surrounding this area with flower beds that will provide a burst of color throughout the year will make it stand out more. You could use roses, different types of hydrangeas and boxwood shrubs for this purpose.

If you have a covered deck, you could include some hanging planters of various areas to enhance your seating space and create a sense of cohesion with the rest of the green space in your yard. This is a great option for outdoor areas that are small and there’s not a lot of room to install large flower beds or planters. You would require some twine, sisal rope, metal rings and a drill for this purpose.

If you want some privacy for your deck or patio, or want to separate the space, you could use dividers that double-up as planters. This is a great way to add style, color and natural elements to your landscape while also creating a boundary between different aspects of your outdoor space. You could use some steel or wooden containers for this purpose.

Rock Beds in Minimalist Landscaping

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For a minimalist look that involves less maintenance, you can choose to install rock beds. These rock beds can also double up as borders separating your deck or patio from your lawn, thus giving your lawn a well-kept and finished look.

Rock beds are ideal for homeowners who want low maintenance landscapes as one does not have to worry about weed control in these beds. The rocks are also durable which makes them a one-time investment. They don’t break down easily even after constant exposure to natural elements, so you don’t have to worry about replacing them frequently.

Rock beds add texture to your landscape and provide a contrasting balance to the grass on your lawn and brightly colored flower beds. You can add rocks of various shapes, sizes and colors to add dimension to your landscape.

Plant Flowers and Trees Around Your Patio

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Planting flowers and trees around your patio is a simple and amazing way that adds to its beauty. It is important to plant flowers for increased landscaping appeal, fresh air, enhanced mood, etc. It is also beneficial for environmental benefits such as erosion control and attracting pollinators.

The popular and best time to plant trees is in early spring or before the arrival of summer. When planting around your patio you will need certain tools for planting and maintenance. Different tools serve different purposes. For instance, a weeder helps to remove unwanted plants from the soil. 

Easy-to-Care-For Planters

If you are the type of person who frequently or occasionally forgets to water and fertilize your plants then this is the idea for you. Some of the easy-to-care-for plants are discussed below in detail:

  • Jade plants: Any of the jade plants are low maintenance because of its ability to endure less-than-ideal conditions. Many people prefer the silver jade plants in containers as the paddle-like leaves are a bit large, prettier and less common with red edging and silver-green coloring. 
  • Burro’s Tail: Another succulent, also known as the donkey’s tail, is often seen flowing over the sides of hanging container plants and other succulent arrangements. Its stems can reach lengths of 3’ but they are sensitive so avoid handling them if not necessary. If it breaks, you can plant it again elsewhere. 

Mulch and Gravel to Keep Overgrowth at Bay

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Controlling overgrowth of plants is also essential. You can make use of mulching and gravel to prevent overgrowth. For mulching you can use natural materials like bark and pine straw or plain plastic. It helps to improve the quality of soil and also protects your plants. Moreover, it protects bare soils from weeds. 

Gravel has several uses and it also acts as a barrier to control overgrowth of plants. Having gravel beds around your house is one of the most cost effective solutions to prevent overgrowth of weeds and shrubs. The process involves laying a weed membrane to stop unwanted growth..  

Create Your Own Backyard Pond Using Natural Stones

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Watching water in motion is soothing to the soul. Listening to the splashing of a fountain is liked by all as it seems so calming. Installing a pond has now become a popular landscaping project. Thankfully, you don’t need to dig a deep hole in your pockets or lots of land area to create and enjoy your own pond. 

You can create your own pond in your backyard using natural stones by following these steps:

  • Create a place for the pond by digging a hole just deep enough for the top of the container’s sides to be in line with the ground’s surface.
  • Next make an underwater ledge within the pond that covers about half of the pond’s surface.
  • Then add a 1 inch layer of sand around the full pond bottom, including the ledges.
  • Fill the pond with water using a hose and let it settle for 24 hours for the chlorine to evaporate.
  • Place rocks and natural stones both small and large, around the pond accordingly.
  • Add rocks and gravel to the pond.

Maximize Your Available Space

Your yard might be small, but you can still make full use of it and give it an illusion that it is bigger than it actually appears. Here are some tips to help you maximize your space.

  1. Grow plants in garden beds, not rows: Get rid of the space needed for walking between the rows. If you need access to all your plants, create an inlet or keyhole in the garden bed frame, so you can reach out to all the crops.
  2. Grow vertically: Growing vertically frees up the space for other crops. You can grow various crops, such as tomatoes, whole beans, peas, pumpkins and many more.
  3. Succession planting: Try to keep a continually producing garden. For example, after you harvest tomatoes, plant other crops like swiss chard or kale.
  4. Inter-plant: For example, you can plant radishes and sunchokes in the same bed to add the glow.

Trees and Bushes Surrounding a Raised Deck

If you have a raised deck that blends in with your house, you can make it the point of attraction. It is simple enough! First, plant low growing shrubs and flowers at the nearest point to your deck as you want to keep the view as open as possible here. As you move further along the house, you can choose to plant larger foliage like trees.

Mulch is a Great Way to Keep Plants Contained

Mulch is any material that covers the soil’s surface. In the context of nature, mulch consists of fallen leaves and plant debris. In a garden, mulch can also include wood chips, cardboard, compost, or even seaweed. Mulching has many benefits and keeps your plants contained. Mulching reduces weed growth by keeping light away from reaching the soil surface. 

It also protects plants from harsh climate conditions, such as in winter from freezes, winds and thaws. Additionally, soil in winters under mulch will be warmer than unprotected soil. 

Follow these steps when applying mulch.

  • Remove weeds and annuals manually or with the help of tools.
  • Level the surface of the soil by removing dips and hollows, then re-firm as required. 
  • Water your plants thoroughly to make sure the soil is soaked before applying the mulch, so that the mulch keeps the water in the soil.

How to Landscape Around a Deck?

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If you are looking for how to landscape around a deck then here is your answer. Here, Eden has made it easy for you by breaking the task into manageable steps.

  • Choose your plants: Start by picking out a few larger shrubs or trees you want to include in your deck. Then choose smaller perennial plants and ornamental grasses to fill in around them.
  • Determine the border: Arrange your plants in a rough layout around your deck to get an idea of how big space you need to create for them and determine the border.
  • Dig up existing turf: Use a shovel and dig up the existing turfgrass within the border. 
  • Install border edging: This will help define the border of your garden and will keep grass from appearing back again.
  • Determine Final Layout for Plants: While your plants are still in their nursery pots, set out the plants where you like them to be in your landscape. 
  • Add a layer of mulch: The last step is to add mulch of your choice. Ensure to spread it evenly throughout and don’t let it touch plant stems. 

What are the Benefits of Landscaping around A Deck or Patio?

Apart from aesthetic pleasure there are many other benefits of landscaping mentioned below:

  • Grass and trees radiate cooler temperatures around your house. Trees provide shade during the hottest days and are helpful to reduce attic temperatures by as much as 40 degrees.  
  • Landscapes are good for water and air. The plants and trees work daily to capture dust and smoke particles. They remove carbon dioxide from air and produce oxygen. 
  • Outdoor living areas improve quality of life providing several physical and psychological health benefits. For instance, just looking at plants is proven to reduce blood pressure.  
  • Landscapes also offer economic benefits to businesses. For instance, customers tend to spend more on goods and services if the commercial building has a high-quality tree canopy.  

Now, you have enough ideas for you to create landscaping around your deck or patio. The benefits you will get are far more than your investment in creating your landscaping.  

From selecting the right seasonal plants to installing an outdoor kitchen, our landscaping services can do it all for you. Contact us today for a stunning landscape!

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