Small backyards can sometimes seem limiting in terms of what you can add to them. Don't be deterred though, as there is a plethora of ways to decorate it. Small backyards have many landscaping options to make them beautiful and open. Here are some ideas to help.
1. Install a deck.
Adding a deck is a quick, efficient and natural way to add on to a small backyard. It will also cost less than the national average if you have a small backyard. A deck is also good for adding two levels, which can be great if you want to have one for dining and another for plants. It's also a way to separate the yard from another type of space without taking up a lot of room. Pro tip: deck boards should be laid diagonally, not straight to optimize yard square footage.
2. Hang potted plants and boxed gardens.
If you want to save
more ground space in the yard and still enjoy many flowers and shrubs, you can
optimize the walls, roofs and windows of your home. By installing wooden
shelves or hooks, you can hang flower boxes or potted plants. This will leave
plenty of room in your garden for trees, a dining space, water features or
other installations that might have been more difficult to fit in otherwise.
3. Use smaller furniture.
If you aren't
planning to hold huge parties in the backyard, then you should buy smaller
furniture. Instead of couches, buy loveseats and chairs and rather than a long
rectangular table, you might consider a circular table. By having smaller
furniture on your deck, patio or in the backyard, there will be more space
available for movement and other decor. You might also consider having an
awning over the furniture, whether it's a simple fabric awning or an extension of your roof, so you
can enjoy the furniture during inclement weather.
4. Keep it simple and clean.
limited in square footage, this does not mean you should try and fit in every
single flower, shrub and tree you can. Otherwise there will be overgrowth, and
maintenance will be difficult. Instead, you should keep the landscape design
simple. Focus on the essentials of the backyard: grass, some shrubs and flowers
artfully placed throughout. You can organize it better by installing flower
beds and potted plants for easier management.
5. Go bold on the color scheme.
Although you have
to be simple with what investments you make in the landscape, you can still be bold
with the colors. Reds, blues, purples, oranges, yellows--the color scheme is
endless. You want your small backyard to jump out to visitors and to you when
walking out the back door. By having a rainbow of colors, the small backyard
will look and feel like a heavenly garden even if it's not the biggest one in
6. Erect fencing that's visual rather than private.
If you want to make your small backyard feel bigger without the
square footage, then install a fence that's not private. Choose a design that's
visual like lattice, picket or chain link with sunlight showing through to
accent the yard. You might also consider materials like wood or vinyl to add to
the natural appearance of the small yard. Local fencing
contractors will be able to recommend the best materials and
height for your needs.
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