For those homeowners and renters who have one, a backyard can be a great oasis, domestic get-away, and a quiet refuge. For others, a backyard is the place to entertain, to play, and to enjoy the company of friends and family.
And, while everyone – including husbands and wives – may disagree about what constitutes a “perfect” backyard, every yard has the potential to become an inviting, relaxing, and rejuvenating outdoor space.
But, for many backyards, that means some serious work needs to be done.
When a Perfect Backyard Means Total Transformation
Okay, so maybe it doesn’t really need a complete makeover. And it’s not likely you’re going to get a visit from some HGTV makeover show anytime soon anyway. But the truth is that most residential backyards in the Capital region could use some spiffing up or even some major upgrades.
There are three major considerations when it comes to backyard makeovers, and the first one has to do primarily with resources.
Of course, most of us immediately think of money when the word “resources” in mentioned, but this can also involve time and labor. In other words, if you want to do some major improvements on your backyard you need to know if you have the time to get that done as well as the skills and physical capabilities or stamina.
We’re not all 20 or 30-somethings anymore. If you are, then this might be a walk in the park for you. But if you over 50 or 60, major landscaping and backyard revitalization work might be more than you want to take on by yourself.
And, along with the time, the labor, and the money it will require, you must have a plan – a design.
The most common mistake most homeowners often make when it comes to landscaping and transforming their outdoors spaces is to launch into the work without a clear vision of what they want the end result to look like. A major landscaping project with a settled design and a plan for making that design a reality is a recipe for a yard that will be far less than perfect!
Also, a perfect backyard is often much more than a beautiful lawn, gorgeous landscaping, and new fence. There are the structural elements and things called “hardscape.”
What is that? Well, here’s a good definition from the folks at The Spruce,
“The term ‘hardscape’ refers to all of the non-living elements in landscaping, such as a brick patio, a stone wall, or a wooden arbor. It is one of the two major subcategories of landscaping, the other being softscape. Softscape is all of the living and organic elements in a garden or on a lawn, such as trees, flowers, and grass.”
So, when you are designing your perfect backyard, be sure to include any ‘hardscape’ elements or structures that you feel would be needed in order to make it truly “perfect.”
Oh! And as far as cost goes, according to HomeAdvisor, the national average cost for a total backyard renovation runs about $15,000 to $50,000. However, for a modest backyard remodeling project, including new sod, bushes, and plants, you may be looking at around $5,000.
Which brings us to the second consideration: who’s gonna do all that work?
When the Perfect Backyard Becomes a DIY Project
It’s no secret that we live in a robustly “do-it-yourself” society here in the United States.
Big box stores like Lowe’s® and The Home Depot cater to this trend and there are tens of thousands of websites and online video channels dedicated to DIY, well, everything! And one of the most popular do-it-yourself projects for homeowners and others is the backyard renewal.
Unless one is totally averse to the work involved, or simply does not have the time or the ability to tackle a DIY project of this type and scope, then it is probably going to be a largely, if not completely, do-it-yourself job.
The other option, of course, is to hire a contractor or really good friend or relative to do it for you.
If you hire someone then your overall cost will be significantly higher than the same project would be when done by the homeowner. However, there is the valuable benefit of having the confidence and peace of mind that the job will be done professionally and in a timely fashion. And that is often well worth the cost involved for many people.
That being said, it’s quite likely that the typical homeowner will opt for the DIY route for anything that doesn’t absolutely require a professional contractor, such as pouring concrete pads and such. And even that can often be managed by many residents.
So, what kinds of landscape and hardscape elements can you include in your perfect backyard design?
Here’s a graphic we put together to inspire some ideas for you project:
In truth, the things you can do with a backyard are almost endless, from a paver stone walkway to numerous flower bed ideas to possibly even choosing to build a deck.
Of course, the pursuit of a perfect backyard doesn’t end with the design, planning, digging, planting, and building. There is also the third and final consideration that we referred to at the start of this article, and that is the cleanup and removal of all the junk and debris.
When the Perfect Backyard Results in Not-So-Nice Piles of Waste and Debris
There is a fundamental truth that one cannot play in the dirt without making a mess. And this is just as true with backyard makeover work, except on an epic scale.
Depending on the scope of your project and the amount of digging and “deconstruction” that might occur, it is quite likely that you will end up generating several large piles of yard waste, debris, and other junk. And it is also likely that you may need to get rid of all this, let’s call it “yard waste,” a few times during the course of your work project.
This means having the resources necessary to pick up, load, transport, and properly dispose of all these materials and items, as well.
And some of these materials can be quite bulky and awkward to move, especially if your pre-transformation work required an old swing set removal or shed removal.
And, while you may have the wherewithal to carry out your own DIY backyard miracle, you may not have a suitable vehicle for hauling several cubic yards of old dirt, rocks, junk, and for construction debris removal. In addition, you may not be particularly keen on making multiple trips to the nearest waste transfer station or other disposal site you’ll need to go to.
So, what do you do? Search on your phone for “shed removal near me” or “swing set removal near me” in hopes of finding a reliable vendor?
You could go a bit wider in your search and type in something like “yard waste removal dc” or even just “Junk removal near me.” But you still have to decide who you can trust and who will pick up this type of junk.
Which is why Junk King Washington DC specializes in yard waste removal.
In fact, with Junk King, you have two options: you can make use of our expert, full-service yard waste removal service and have us come out as often as needed throughout the duration of your perfect backyard building project.
In addition, you can opt for using one of our versatile and user-friendly dumpster rentals. The Junk King MINI Dumpster rental can be parked close to where your project is taking place and you can fill it at your own pace as you complete the work on your perfect backyard.
In fact, it is the “prefect” staging area for all that debris and yard waste. And, when you’re done, our professional junk removal team will come back and haul it away for you. A perfect solution for a perfect backyard completion!
When You Need Yard Waste Removal in the Washington DC Area
Getting rid of all those piles of yard waste and other outdoor junk items will clear the way for enjoying your perfect backyard.
And you will always get friendly, fast, and professional removal service when you call Junk King Washington DC. Best of all – especially for yard waste material – we do all the loading and hauling! Oh, and keep in mind that you’ll also have the added benefit of helping to protect the environment when you work with Junk King.
Our experienced yard waste pickup team can also remove and haul off any other types of outdoor junk you have, as well. That can mean that old hot tub, your broken patio furniture, and the cornhole game that finally cracked and split. In fact, we’ll take just about anything except for hazardous waste.
Junk King Washington DC is part of one of the largest and most respected junk removal companies in North America, which is something of which we are quite proud. In addition, Junk King Washington DC is proud of the fact that we are 100 percent veteran-owned and a locally owned business, as well.
And, like our corporate partners, one of our overriding passions is to provide green junk removal and disposal services. But we are also passionate about providing world-class service to our friends and neighbors who live here in and around Washington DC.
Once you book an appointment with us, our professional and insured team will come to your home, and we’ll be sure to call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive. Once we’re there, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your yard waste and other junk takes up in our truck.
You simply point, and we’ll load your piles of yard waste – and any other junk items you have – into our and haul them away in no time. And we do it all without any extra fees or hidden charges!
So, ready to get rid of your yard waste? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Just make an appointment with us by booking online above, or by calling us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).