Have you ever wanted to turn your backyard into a Japanese garden? It takes time, energy, and patience to create a backyard Japanese garden—and it’s not just for backyard aesthetic.
It may sound crazy, but what if I told you this backyard could increase property value? What if I told you that turning your backyard into a Japanese garden would help attract bees to pollinate your backyard fruit trees?
Well it is true.
What are Japanese gardens?
A Japanese garden is a traditional style of landscaping which takes its inspiration from nature. It began as early as the 5th century with the development of rock gardens, known as Zen gardens. These are typically made at monasteries following strict aesthetic rules that are meant to promote meditation. This tradition was brought to Japan in 1191 by Zen Buddhists, and the gardens included many Buddhist symbols.
The most distinctive features of a Japanese garden are the ponds or water basins. These have evolved over time from simple pools to ornamental, complex designs with little islands and rotating stones that create currents. The ponds serve as focal points around which the rest of the design is built.
Here are some steps on how to make a backyard Japanese garden so you can have the best backyard around the block…
Step 1: Remove Weeds.
In a backyard Japanese garden, it’s important to have healthy soil with very few weeds growing in your backyard. There are a number of ways to clear out the backyard of existing weeds by pulling them up by hand, using a shovel, or through chemical weed removers that kill existing weeds and keep new ones from sprouting.
Step 2 : Rocks and Pebbles
Rock gardens are extremely popular and Japanese rock gardens are no exception. For those who aren’t familiar, a Japanese rock garden typically has several different kinds of rocks and pebbles ranging in size from tiny to massive, flat rocks that resemble raked gravel, and moss or another ground cover that covers the surfaces of the soil.
Once you’ve gathered your materials needed for backyard Japanese gardening, it’s time to start digging! To create a backyard Japanese garden, you must first dig out beds. The soil will be dug out into mounds around 8 inches deep – this is where these large rocks come into play.
As each layer gets created with the help of some wood supports (which is covered up later), larger rocks are placed on top of them inside the mound. The process of backyard Japanese gardening mimics how nature layers rocks, so they are placed in this backyard Japanese garden with that idea in mind.
Step 2: Add compost or backyard soil.
After you’ve removed the existing grass and weeds and layered the rocks, it’s time to add backyard soil or compost to your backyard Japanese garden. The backyard soil/compost should be added so that the top two to three inches of the backyard is covered. You can choose any backyard soil that fits into your budget—just make sure it has a good blend of dirt and sand for healthy root development in backyard fruit trees.
Step 3: Plant backyard fruit trees and plants.
Now that the backyard has been weeded and prepared, you’re ready for planting! To create an authentic Japanese garden vibe in your backyard, plant Garnet (red-leafed Japanese maple trees), backyard Japanese maples (Japanese maples with green leaves), backyard fruit trees, backyard landscaping shrubs, backyard landscaping grasses, and backyard groundcovers.
As you plant each backyard fruit tree, make sure there’s at least three feet between it and other backyard fruit trees/shrubs/grass. The more space within the Japanese garden layout, the better! . Backyard fruit trees can be planted at any point during backyard landscaping.
There are many kinds of backyard fruits you can plant within your backyard Japanese garden! If space allows for them, include as many different kinds of backyard fruit trees as you’d like for a truly authentic backyard oasis.
Step 4: Water backyard.
Watering is an essential part of maintaining a healthy backyard Japanese garden. Make sure to check on your plants once or twice a week to ensure they’re getting enough moisture in their roots—otherwise they’ll die before you even know what happened!
Now that you have all of these steps under your belt, it’s time to sit back and enjoy your backyard Japanese garden as much as possible! The best part about backyard Japanese gardens is that the backyard fruit trees planted within it last for years and years—so you really can’t lose with a backyard Japanese garden.
Backyard Japanese gardens are all the rage these days; you’ll be sure to make friends in your backyard and backyard block if they see how beautiful (and healthy) yours has become!
Step 5: Make the pond.
Adding a backyard pond to your backyard Japanese garden is an easy way to add water and beauty in one step! Use the backyard pond as a backyard waterfall or for backyard koi fish. After you’ve finished planting everything else in your backyard Japanese garden, fill up the backyard pond with water and make sure there’s enough room for backyard koi fish/backyard waterfall to flow through.
Making backyard pond is so easy: just use backyard landscaping rocks and liners, and fill the backyard pond with water! You can fill it up as much or as little as you’d like—it’s entirely up to you how it’ll look when complete.
Once your backyard Japanese garden is finished, it’ll be an backyard oasis within your backyard block! Your backyard Japanese garden will have the perfect backyard pond, backyard waterfall, backyard koi fish, backyard fruit trees…even backyard landscaping shrubs and backyard landscaping grasses!
Step 6: Optional…
The idea of turning your backyard into a Japanese garden may seem very daunting at first, but don’t worry. There are plenty of resources out there on how to make a backyard Japanese garden —and more importantly, how to maintain one—and none are better than backyard Japanese gardening books.
There are many backyard Japanese garden resources available online, such as backyard Japanese gardening videos and backyard Japanese landscaping articles —all of which you can find with a quick Google search!
It’s never been easier to turn your backyard into a backyard oasis full of healthy backyard fruit trees and backyard landscaping ideas than it is right now. The best part? You don’t even need any backyard equipment besides your own body to make this dream happen in your backyard today!
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