Many people have small backyards and that suits them just fine because it usually means they are easy to keep tidy and there’s less maintenance.
However, when it comes to landscaping, small spaces can be more of a challenge to work with, especially if you’re not sure how to approach the job.
Here are our top tips when landscaping a small backyard:
Make a plan
It might sound simple, but you’d be surprised how many people start a landscaping project in their small backyard without having a definitive plan. When space is at a premium, you need to add features and design elements that won’t overwhelm the area. Pick a theme, set a budget and see what how you can get the best bang for your buck.
The key to landscaping small backyards is to install multi-functional items. For example, seating that doubles as storage is a great way to maximise the space. Foldable furniture that can be removed and stored away when not needed is also very smart.
While you might be short of floor space, there’s nothing to stop you (in theory) utilising the vertical room. One way to do this is by creating a vertical garden. These simple, yet highly effective additions to any outdoor space are a great way to add some colour and life without using up valuable floor space.
[Related reading: How to create your own vertical garden]
Level up your fence
Plain fences can make a small backyard appear even smaller – especially if they are dark in colour. Consider brightening up your old fences and turning them into a feature by adding hanging plants and colourful planters. You can even use mirrors to give the impression that your backyard is bigger than it actually is.