A backyard is a blessing for every owner of a house. Those that live in an apartment or a house without one, dread for the day when they can finally enjoy their free time in their own yard. It is obvious that reaching this kind of goal is not easy. This means that we, backyard owners, have to appreciate what we already got and use it to the best of our ability. It doesn’t matter if it is big or small, there is still a lot of things you can do to it.
One of the better ideas I have seen on the Internet these days is creating a small oasis is in the corner or in the middle of a property. For a lot of people, the idea of implementing an oasis in a yard seems kind of ridiculous. I think I can agree with that, it does sound that way, but you shouldn’t interpret this so literally. Think of it as a small part of your property that will turn into a small and beautiful garden. This is the place where you will have the most bushes, trees, flowers, and other nature-related stuff.
Creating such an oasis is not an easy task, I admit. It is even harder to do it when you’re working with a smaller space. For those that feel like their backyard is simply too small for this kind of project, here is a simple guide that will prove otherwise.
Plan out the area
One of the first things you have to do to build such an oasis is to determine its location. Sure, it would look best if it’s located in the center of your property, but can you afford to lose that much space from your yard? If not, I would suggest giving this a little bit of thought. Do some measuring too and do a little bit of calculation, and you will be able to find the perfect location for a little oasis.
For those that are still having trouble finding the right spot, I would suggest the corners of your fence. By doing this, it will be out of your way, but you will also get a clear sight of it, which is the entire point. In the end, you are the only one who can find the perfect spot.
Get inspired online
Assuming that you are still having trouble finding the right location for your little oasis on your property, I would suggest that you do some motivation hunting first. What does this mean? Well, it seems like you need a little bit of inspiration to keep you going with this project.
Fortunately, there are thousands and thousands of people that have done a similar thing. There are probably some that have worked with an even smaller yard than yours. This shows you that almost anything is possible. Do not limit yourself just because you do not have a huge property.
So, get on Google and do some searching for this kind of project. I am sure that you will find hundreds of results and you will love at least a dozen of them.
Don’t forget the pool
The definition for an oasis is “a fertile spot in a desert, where water is found”. What does this tell you? It means that whatever you planned, whichever flowers you pick, there should be at least a small pool between those plants. Combining the beautiful and natural green color from the plants with the crystal blue color of water, you will create the perfect landscape.
However, I would suggest that you consider getting a fiberglass pool since building a “regular” one is much more complicated. It will take a lot of time and the construction process may be hindered by the size of your backyard. According to littlepools.com.au, a fiberglass pool can be done much faster and it is much simpler to install in a smaller backyard.
Although, if you have the time and the patience for a regular pool, go for it.
Pick the right plants
Now that you have planned out where your little pool will be, it is time to select what kind of plants you want. There are several factors you will have to consider. First, you should consider how much time you will be able to dedicate to the growth of these plants. If you do have a lot of free time, you’ll probably able to maintain them every single day at least once. But, assuming that you do not have free time, you will need plants that require only a small amount of maintenance.
Don’t worry, there are tons of flowers and trees that require watering only two or three times a week. Compare that to seven times a week, it is safe to say that this other option is much more convenient.
Forget about hardscaping
While hardscaping is a great way to turn your backyard into a beautiful palace, it is expensive and it doesn’t really work with this kind of project. Although this is completely subjective, if you want to go with hardscaping, you should do it. But, the reason why I am mentioning this is that an oasis shouldn’t have any kind of hardscaping. It is something that has been created by nature or more specifically water and plants. It shouldn’t be overwhelmed by cement or cinderblocks.
If you do decide to go down the hardscaping path, at least make the changes a bit more subtle. Add a bit of rock or gravel on the side and I think that is more than enough. See how it looks, if you don’t like it you can always put a bit more detail or remove it completely. It is up to you.
By reading through this article, I am sure that you feel a bit overwhelmed by just how much there is to do when creating an always is for your small backyard, but don’t stress it, keep it steady and you will be done in just a couple of months.