If you search for backyard patio designs or backyard patio lay-out with Google, you will soon come across garden architects and gardeners. But you can also make a garden design yourself, provided you do good research and provide good information. It is wise to have an idea what you want with your garden design before hiring an expert. Do you want specific trees, a mini pond or a turf? Much work or little work to maintain your garden?
How do you use your backyard patio, especially for sunbathing and sitting or do you also want to actively get started with a vegetable garden or a rose garden? Think about these things and make two lists for the construction of your garden. A list of how you plan to use your garden and how much time you have for maintenance.
A second list with some examples of what you do and do not like about other backyard patio designs. You gain inspiration from gardens that you often see on internet or with friends and family. If you want to get started with designing your garden to get a better idea and play with options you have in mind, read our article on free garden design software and our 4-part 3D garden design with SketchUp .