Creating a Professional Backyard Landscape

You can achieve a stunning landscape by creating a focal point and planning carefully. Landscape architect Maureen Smith shares simple steps on how to create a professional backyard landscape.

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Sod is a backyard staple — it grows well in most sunny areas, including those with a gentle slope, and it provides the perfect setting for sports, picnics and other family activities. If you plan to have a sprinkler system, the installation should be finished before laying the sod. For best results, avoid planting sod in deep shade or on steep slopes of more than 45 degrees.

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