Make Your Backyard Enjoyable

Homeowners can make their backyard an enjoyable space by adding one or more of these popular and useful features. Your backyard should be an extension of your home and your lifestyle.You want to be able to spend more time there as you enjoy your backyard. Here are some ideas to make your backyard a more fun and functional pace.

Fire PitsOutdoor Living Big Bend Landscaping St. Louis Missouri Design and Build Hardscaping

Make your backyard an enjoyable space by adding a fire pit. This popular feature is always an excellent choice for any home. It extends the time in which you can use your yard, as well as helping to create great ambiance. When it comes to building a fire pit, there are lots of options. You can choose everything from the traditional round fire pit, using retaining walls for built-in seating, to the outdoor fireplace that becomes a second living room, and anything in between. The warmth of the fireplace helps you and your family spend time outside well into the cold season, giving you more ways to spend time together.

Retaining Wall

This one is big, especially when paired with a fire pit. The retaining wall can be built in such a way that it creates more seating around the fire pit. A structural retaining wall can help direct water away from the house when combined with the ever-important drain system. This can help prevent damage to the home’s foundation and stop soil erosion. Retaining walls can be built as features of the backyard as well, incorporating designs, greenery, or a water feature. This kind of decorative retaining wall makes for a beautiful focal point, turning your back yard into an escape.

Drainage Systems

This feature is key to making your backyard enjoyable. You won’t be able to have fun if you have a wet backyard and you’re trying to avoid big puddles or mushy grass. If you have a section of your yard that always seems to be a sopping mess, even days after there’s been any rain, you need Big Bend Landscaping to install a drain system. It sounds like a headache but it’s actually incredibly easy. We will make sure you get the right system so you can protect your  home’s foundation and reclaim your yard, instead of living with your own personal swamp.

LightingOutdoor Living Big Bend Landscaping St. Louis Missouri Design and Build Hardscaping

People often don’t think about the lighting for their environment. But if you can’t see what you’re doing, you won’t find it enjoyable to be in your backyard. From spa lights near the pool, to safety lights on stairs, lighting is often overlooked and under appreciated. The right kind of lighting can extend the usefulness of your yard, allowing you to use your yard well into the evening. It also is a safety measure. Dark stairs are a hazard to everyone, and having some good lighting in place can prevent major injuries.

Garden Facelift

This is the easiest way to enjoy your backyard. Having hardscape features such as a fire pit and wall, are nice, but being surrounded by living things has been shown to boost our mental health. Take some time to spruce up your yard with fresh mulch, some new flowers or tree plantings and general maintenance. Giving your yard that facelift is good for it, but it’s good for you too. It turns your backyard into the inviting atmosphere you’ll love, increasing your enjoyment of it.


The snow hasn’t even arrived yet, but it isn’t too soon to be thinking about spring. It’s only a few months away and the sooner you get a jump on it, the sooner we can get started.

Let Big Bend Landscaping help you plan your favorite getaway steps from your door. Feel free to contact us for an online estimate right now or browse our gallery of projects for ideas.