5 Tips for Turning Your Backyard into an Oasis


Finding solace in the natural beauty of the high desert is a wonderful antidote to daily stress. But if the idea of escaping into your own backyard oasis sounds too good to be true, Harris Landscape Construction here in Reno is sharing five tips that make it easier than you may think.

Use Plants as Decoration

Incorporate a variety of plants — think low groundcovers, perennials, shrubs, and trees — in groupings to create a backdrop filled with texture and color. We recommend native plants, which have adapted to our high desert climate and benefit native insects and wildlife. Vary heights for a full effect.

Consider Water Elements

When we think oasis, water usually comes to mind. Water features come in virtually endless options, from ponds to waterfalls to bubblers, and it’s an immediate way to bring soothing tranquility to your outdoor space. Our team can work with you to create a water feature that’s perfectly sized to your space, and you’ll love what it adds to the ambience.

Add Natural Stone

In addition to water and foliage, natural stone elements add to the oasis feel. Stone elements can run from small to large and serve as accents or dramatic focal points. It’s a low-maintenance option that has a big impact.

Break Things Up

Pathways aren’t just functional. They can be a way to break things up visually. Material options vary tremendously in price point and aesthetics, from gravel and small stones to bigger stepping stones or pavers that offer durability and longevity. Creating different pathways to different areas of your outdoor space are always worth considering.

Create Distinct Spaces

Creating defined spaces, even if you have a smaller footprint, can add a specific sense of purpose. Consider how you want to use a given space — for dining, meditation, entertaining, whatever — and than work in all of the elements that support that purpose. That may include a pergola, retaining wall, raised bed, fire or water features, plants, or other elements. If you’re not sure where to begin, a consultation can be a helpful first step. At Harris Landscape Construction in Reno, we have direct experience turning standard backyards into our customers’ dream spaces, and we’d love to do the same for you. Contact us today to get started.


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