Today, even a small backyard can look and feel spacious if it is designed the right way. With the right landscaping ideas and steps, you can have an aesthetically appealing lawn and still have enough functional space for the family to enjoy.
To get on the right track to having a beautiful landscaped small backyard, here are five ideas and tips that can help you out:
1. Create a feasible plan.
Organisation is the operative word when making a plan for a small landscaped yard. Start by thinking about the primary use of the backyard. You can then select a theme and also come up with a budget. It would also work to your advantage if you define the spaces in your small yard and make sure you know their specific purposes.
For example, you can delineate a dining or lounging area with a stone patio and separate the play area from this spot with some plantings.
2. Select the right plants.
When planning your landscape, it’s best to cultivate native or indigenous plants since you can be sure that there is always something growing in the yard year-round. For instance, if you live in Western Australia, choose native plants that can withstand the heat, salty winds, and sandy soils such as Coastal Rosemary and the Dwarf Bottlebrush. Keep in mind that if your backyard becomes barren, its size will be all the more noticeable.
In case you want to have some trees on your yard, select ones that grow up instead of out. Tall and thin trees will give you lush landscaping without eating up all your space.
3. Be creative.
To maximise a small space for a landscape, you have to think outside the box. Consider having terraced landscaping since this helps designate spaces and make a small yard look bigger. Terracing can also enable you have to more space for plantings and the lower walls can double as bench seatings.
Another good idea would be to have a trellis built above which you can cover with native vines. This trellis will define your patio space and provide shade.
4. Put multifunctional features.
When you’re deciding on features to place in your yard, opt for items that have multiple uses and are not too bulky. An example of this is a bench that can double as a storage box to contain garden tools. You will also do well to choose pieces of furniture that can be easily stored such as collapsible tables and folding chairs.
5. Enhance your fence.
Lastly, if your yard is surrounded by fences, make them more appealing by painting them or adorning them with decorative items. Plain white fences can you give the sense of enclosure, but decorating them will provide anyone looking at them a sense of depth. An adorning tip you can consider is to attach planters to the fence to add more greenery in the yard.
Space is your biggest concern when landscaping a small back yard. But with the right ideas, techniques, and tips, you can have a well-designed, attractive and functional yard.