About Jena Slocum

  • Fence building
  • Landscape Edging
  • Deck building
  • Concrete Countertops
  • Pergolas
  • Backyard Projects


  • Co-founder of Backyardscape
  • Founder of local business, Gatormod, specializing in building decks and fences for clients for 7 years (Closed down after covid)
  • Started home projects in 2003 and has over 20 years of experience in backyard projects.


Jena Slocum, the co-founder of Backyardscape.com, is a visionary in backyard design and outdoor living spaces. Her journey in this field began long before the inception of Backyardscape, stemming from a deep-rooted passion for transforming ordinary backyards into extraordinary havens of relaxation and beauty.

Before co-founding Backyardscape, Jena was the owner of Gatormod, a local business built decks, durable fences, and elegant pergolas. Her work with Gatormod not only honed her skills in backyard design but also solidified her reputation as a trusted advisor to homeowners looking to enhance their outdoor living experiences.

Engage with Jena

Jena is more than just a co-founder; she is a mentor and guide for anyone looking to transform their backyard space. Readers are encouraged to engage with her through Backyardscape’s various channels, where she frequently shares tips, answers questions, and provides personalized advice.

Jena’s Latest Posts

Hey There. Thanks for stopping by. You’re probably wondering who in the world is writing all about backyards.

We’re Jena and Christina.  Our friends call us the Inas and now you can too.

Jena loved being a DIYer so much that she apprenticed with a carpenter for several years and started her own carpentry business several years after that. Out of all the things she loves building with wood, backyard hardscapes are her favorite.

She has built many decks, fences, pergolas for clients over her 10 years in business. Every time she gets a call about building a new backyard hardscape, she still gets excited!

She loves being able to impart that building knowledge to our readers to help you overcome an obstacle or problem you may face in your own backyard.

When we’re not working on backyard projects or talking about them, you can find us at the nearest beach.

Over the years our backyard transformation has gone like this:

  1. First home we paid a landscaper to redo the whole backyard in one day.
  2. Paid a landscape designer to design our backyard that we built out by building the hardscapes and planting all the softscapes.
  3. Now Jena uses something simple like Google Drawing to design our backyard and we are slowly working off that design.
    Most of the gravel and all of the decking is done. We have a lot of the trees and shrubbery in place. And she finished doing an enclosure to hide our AC unit.
    backyard design

We realized we’ve done so many different projects over the years and we love talking about backyards so we thought we’d share it all with you.

Why Talk About Backyards?

Good question.

Backyards are so inviting and cozy. Or they can be. We spend a lot of our time outside since we live in Florida. Plus, most of our gatherings and parties or tailgating are in our backyard with friends.

Plus, there’s so much you can do in a backyard to get out of the house and to reconnect with nature.

Aside from all that, there are so many projects you can do in your backyard. We love projects. I know Jena does. But we like more functional projects than pretty. If that makes any sense.

Thanks for dropping by and if you have any questions about any of the projects, just let us know.