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If your outdoor space is nothing more than a tiny fenced backyard in an inner city, it can still look as beautiful as that of a larger unit. Even though the small space makes it easier to decorate, there may be some challenges if you want to place a swimming pool or a jungle gym for the children in the backyard.
Landscaping Ideas for a Small Backyard
When it comes to landscaping in a small space, there are several options. Depending on the amount of space you are dealing with, you could plant a small flower or vegetable garden. If there is not enough space, you can make container gardens. Container gardens are very easy to start and quite easy to care for. Simply fill plant boxes or large flower pots with potting soil. You can start the gardens with seeds, or for a faster result, you can pot young plants which have already started to grow into the planters. If you intend to mix different types of plants in one pot or plant box, be sure that these plants are compatible with each other.
How to Use Pavers in a Grassy Backyard
For an all-grass backyard, use large pavers to give you and your guests a place to walk without disturbing the grass. Place them in a straight pattern from the back door to the end of the backyard. Concrete pavers, brick, flagstone, or other types of stone can be used. You can also install enough to actually create a sidewalk between both sides of the grass. If you are using this method, be sure to grout the seams between the stones or bricks to give it a finished look.
Water Fountains as Landscaping for a Small Backyard
Water fountains come in many styles and sizes. No matter how small your backyard is, there is a style that will fit in with your landscaping. If your backyard is extremely tiny, there are fountains that can be placed on the wall. Water fountains add a touch of beauty and romance to your entire backyard setting.
Furnishings for Your Small Backyard
Even the tiniest backyards have enough space to add a comfortable seating area. You can place a small bistro set in a cozy corner of your backyard. If you have an outdoor deck, you can probably add even more seating. A glider or swing set will add more seating to the space, if you have enough room for them. A small gazebo or large umbrella will help keep you and your guests dry on rainy days.
The Small Backyard on a Hill
If you have a house on a hill, and you may have special challenges when it comes to decorating your backyard. Do not worry, there is a solution for that, too. A mixture of succulents, and hardy tropical plants that can withstand colder winter temperatures will make lovely clusters. Make several clusters going down the slope of your backyard. Place gravel or colored stones between the clusters for a stunning effect.
Written by Lachlan G.
Lachlan runs a construction business for his dad. Being a newcomer in the industry Lachlan has quickly acquired some great product knowledge, ranging from choosing the right steel suppliers, mild steel processing, to the latest green technology for building eco homes. Lachlan loves DIY and spends most of his weekend in his workshop.