Backyard Landscaping Design: Part 1

Mar 7th, 2011

Landscaping our backyard is our number one priority right now. The climate that we live in is perfect for landscaping projects this time of year, and in order to enjoy the backyard for the entire spring/summer season, we figured that the sooner we get it done, the better.

We want our backyard to be a haven for our family, and we anticipate spending hours and hours out there. We live in St. George, Utah (for those that don’t know), and our climate is sooooo great. We spend most of the year outside. I LOVE IT! The summer gets HOT…but that’s when we spend a lot of time on the lake, so we love the heat.

The backyard has been a work in progress for over a year and a half now. My cute hubsters built the kiddos an ENORMOUS swing set awhile back, we have added two large block walls, we planted trees, and we painted a design on the block wall in the fall. We have worked on it gradually due to financing the projects, but our efforts are finally paying off, and the transformation will soon be over. YAY!!

Here are a few pictures of the projects so far:
The block wall painting has been my favorite backyard project so far. Whenever anyone sees this, they just love it. It makes me happy when that happens!

Here is the swing set. The kid’s favorite project has definitely been the swing set, and we just purchased a turbo tube slide to adorn the side. The kids are going to LOVE it!!!

We planted trees last spring.

Aren’t they cutie pies!?!

We have added two large block walls. We contracted this work out to Stone Tree Landscaping in here in St. George. (Which they did a FAB-U-LOUS job by the way).

The backyard design was something that my husband Dan envisioned since we moved into our home in July 2009. To see it materializing is a lot of fun!

I am a visual person, so drawing the design helps me to see the “vision” he has in mind. Stay tuned for more pictures and projects soon!

It makes be giddy to see this project come to life!!


  1. I'm excited for anyone who gets their backyard done. We didn't get our done for 22 years!!

  2. looks like its going to be quite the backyard!!!! can't wait to see it done!

    the in ground trampoline is brilliant!!

  3. We are working on a front yard design right now.

    I am with you, I need to see it drawn out to undestand the full idea.

    Hope you guys enjoy all the benefits of your hard work. Looks like a great space for family and friends to hang out.

  4. I have been a fan of your wall since I first saw it. We have the same blah block walls. I got to get on this.

    I am in envy that you are able to raise up your block wall. We have codes with height restrictions here. BOO!

  5. Looks like it will be a fun place when you are all done. It looks like your back yard is larger than most around here. A big back yard was a necessity for me (but I had to settle with a little house). You know, when you grow up with an acre or more, it's hard to downsize :)
    I L.O.V.E your block wall!

  6. I love St. George but I don't think I would be able to move back there without having a pool. But your backyard design is really nice.

  7. The Yoder's Four says:

    LOVE!! Landscaping our back yard is #1 on our list right now, too, except it won't stop snowing long enough for us to get to work. We got another few inches this morning…blech.

    We had a section of block wall built last year and split the cost with our next door neighbor, and it was $$$$ pricey! Yours must have cost a fortune! Oh the joys of owning a house.

  8. Ashly@Moon Walk says:

    The wall design is pretty amazing. How did you do it?

  9. Oh, it is going to look great when you are done. I totally love it.

  10. Your backyard wis going to be so nice! I'm moving into a new house soon and need to figure out landscaping as well.

  11. It is going to look so great when it is all done! Can't wait to see it!

  12. Oh spring has sprung my favorite thing in the world is outside design! How fun!!

  13. O I love it all :D

  14. Love it! When we get a house in the country we plan to do an in-ground trampoline also! LOVE it!

  15. if you want one heck of a water feature or need help with the in ground trampoline (With a tunnel to go under it to a sand pit!!!) you should call my brother in law Cody from Rock on Walls. He's so honest and really good!!

  16. Can I ask how much your wall cost? we need to do one side in our backyard. If you don't want to say on here you could email me…
    Thanks! It all looks great btw

  17. It looks great! What software did you use to create your landscape plan? I want to create something similar, but am having trouble finding something cheap and easy! Thanks!

  18. For those that have inquired…

    I created this layout using Photoshop. I love that I can create a layout first so that I can "kinda" get an idea as to what my plans are going to look like!

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