Here are some simple landscape ideas to help keep your backyard looking its best. Start out by purchasing a garden shed to house all of your landscaping tools and supplies. Find out how easy it is to own your own beautiful custom garden shed; contact Classic Buildings today.


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7 Best Landscape Ideas for Your Backyard

Is your backyard looking a little neglected? Read on to get some great landscape ideas to take your yard from humdrum to fabulous.

1. Use a Storage Shed For All Your Landscaping Tools


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Purchase a shed that complements your landscape to store all of your tools – Image Source: Classic Buildings


One of the best ways to make sure that your backyard is looking its best is having the right tools to do the job. Having the right tools can also pose another problem, though – where to store them so that they are kept in good working order and aren’t lying around. That’s where it is a good idea to incorporate a garden shed into your landscaping design.

Choose one that will complement and enhance the look of your garden. A custom wood shed may cost a bit more than a metal or plastic one, but it can definitely look so much better and it can even be designed to match your home. Consider renting to own your shed to ease the financial outlay and help you get the perfect shed.

To learn about more ways you can use a shed, check out our post “Portable buildings: The complete 2019 Buyers Guide.”

2. Get Some Design Assistance With a Gardening App


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A gardening app can help you plan out your backyard design – Image Source: Better Homes and Garden


If your backyard is a blank slate, but you really don’t know what would make it look its best or what plants and features would go best together, there’s an app for that. By using the Better Homes and Garden Plan-a-Garden program, you can create your own garden design plan. It includes more than 900 plants including flowers, shrubs, and trees as well as buildings, sheds, fences, ponds, and decks that you can drag and drop onto your design so you can see how it will look before you start investing in plants or other features.

For more inspiration check out our post “Garden Sheds – 8 Inspiring Pictures to Get Ideas from

3. Define Your Flower Beds


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Make a definite separation between your grass and your flower beds with stone edgers – Image Source: Love of Family and Home


Sometimes it’s hard to know where your grass ends and your flower beds begin. Making a definite visual separation between the two will make your yard seem tidier and well cared for. It doesn’t have to take a lot of work either. As seen in this flower bed transformation from Love of Family and Home, which was completed in a mere two afternoons, a simple addition of decorative stone edgers between the lawn and plants makes a tremendous difference.



4. If You Hate Cutting Your Grass – Consider “Hardscaping”


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“Hardscaping” frees you up from the chore of mowing – Image Source: HGTV.com


If you find cutting your grass a chore you would rather avoid, or if you are tired of trying to keep your entire lawn free from unsightly brown or yellow patches of grass, then you may find that “hardscaping” is a great alternative. Replace or reduce your grass areas with gravel, slate tiles, stone pavers or another ground cover. You may want to contact a professional for advice on how to plan it out and on how to use landscape fabric underneath to prevent grass or weeds from coming through.


5. Use Organic Mulch to Deter Weeds and Feed Your Soil


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Control the weeds and feed your soil with organic mulch – Image Source: Mid West Living


Weeds are an unwelcome guest in your garden. They crowd out the plants that you want to show off and they look awful. However, trying to keep them at bay can be a non-stop and often difficult battle. Try using an organic mulch such as bark chips as opposed to inorganic types like brick chips or shredded rubber. Organic mulches will hold in moisture so that you won’t need to water as often, allow your plants’ roots to breathe, break down to feed your soil, and keep the ground cooler. In addition, mulch will not only deter weeds, but it will make your flower beds look great too.



6. Add Height to Your Backyard With a Trellis


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A trellis can become a beautiful design feature – Image Source: The Art in Life


A trellis can be a great way to add some extra height to your backyard as well as let you grow some beautiful plants such as a clematis or climbing rose. Re-purposing old materials for your trellis is a great way to be environmentally friendly and add character to your design. You can use old ladders, skids, wheels, or door and window frames as in the above example from The Art in Life.


7. Use Assorted Containers for Visual Interest


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Choose containers of different colors, shapes, and sizes for added interest – Image Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Using containers in your landscaping is a great way to insert extra colors and textures into your design. Choose a wide variety of containers made from different materials and in different colors, shapes, and sizes and then group them together for an eclectic yet interesting focal point. You can even use an old basket for a container; simply line it with plastic or put a plastic container inside before adding your soil and plant to protect it from moisture damage. Place some of the pots on stone slabs or bricks to give a variance in height. Be sure to place your pots close together to give a sense of greater fullness.

Planters are also a great way to enjoy your more delicate plants outdoors in the summer, and then you can bring them inside your home or garden shed to protect them from the cold. Learn more about wintering plants in our post “How to Keep Plants in a Garden Shed over Winter.”


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High-Quality Garden Sheds You Can Afford

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Purchasing a garden shed doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and you don’t need to wait until you have enough money saved to buy one outright. Contact Classic Buildings today and find out how easy it is to rent to own your own beautiful garden shed or visit the location nearest to you. We provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are located in Swansea, Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest, and, in some cases, nationwide!

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ storage sheds, check out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 


“Your company produces such a quality storage building! You can tell that quality went into it because the quality just shines through it. Even the delivery was a class act. All of you do a great job.” – Rick Franklin

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