Backyard landscape ideas create a charming getaway

Written by: Jane Schreier Jones

The winds of Hurricane Ike in 2008 made the first big change to the back yard of Christine and Tim’s Washington Township home. “The storm damaged many of our trees, including those around the swimming pool,” says Christine.  Their back yard is actually two tiers, separated by about a 20-foot drop. The loss of trees caused shifting of the upper area of land, where the patio and pool are located. When the pool started developing cracks, a retaining wall was recommended to fortify the top portion of the yard. “We decided it was a good time to completely redo the backyard space,” says Christine.


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