Ways to make the most of your small yard
Though, a small yard may seem limiting when it comes to designing, correctly utilizing landscaping elements can produce great results. You can do many things to improve a smaller space without taking away too much from other usable space by planning well. The first key component is choosing designs and plants that are not too overwhelming.
This may mean that you would end up sacrificing certain features like sweeping flowers, large pounds, and boulders. The overall goal is to surround your home with a landscape that makes you feel comfortable and not confined.
Build upwards rather than outwards
Something else to remember when you have a small space is that you can build vertically, instead of horizontally. Raised beds are a good example of building upwards and can save money if you do it yourself. As a matter of fact, just having a small yard should reduce your landscaping cost overall.
The cost of construction raised beds can be further reduced by getting creative with using recycled materials. For example, using wooden planks, and wheels to resemble a carriage. Besides looking really interesting, the wheels make it very easy to relocate the bed.
Use containers for planting
Using containers for planting is another method of maximizing space in small landscaping areas. Container gardening is a good alternative, instead of dedicating a larger portion of your yard for vegetables or flowerbeds. This method of gardening allows the flexibility to plant a variety of plants in containers, therefore saving space.
As an added benefit you also have the flexibility to move around containers as needed. You can position these containers as ornamental pieces and remove them as needed. This can come in very handy for family or guest activities that require more space.
Take into account the colors
The colors you choose in your landscaping can give the illusion of more space. Therefore, choosing the right selection is very important if you want your yard to look and feel larger. Cool colors like blue tend to have this effect. Blue spruce and silver king can give your yard a sense of expansiveness.
Evergreens like Alberta pine are another example of plants that add both decorative values and give your yard a larger appearance. In fact, Alberta pines being a smaller tree does not take up much space. However, at the same time, this evergreen conveys a feeling of maximum space.
Small rock gardens
Using small rock gardens is another idea for maximizing small landscaping spaces. Likewise, a well-planned rock garden always makes an attractive landscaping feature. When incorporating this type of hardscape avoid areas that can get in the way when mowing the lawn. Any little area of the yard, or even up against the house on a raised bed will suffice for a small rock garden. Rocks that complement each other generally have an end result that is more aesthetically pleasing.
Likewise choose plants that do not spread too much and blend with the rocks, for example, succulents. Hen and chicks work well with rock gardens because they draw attention without spreading vigorously
Smaller water features
Lastly, it may be possible to use a small water feature even with limited landscaping space. Water features come in a variety of designs and types so it is likely that you can find one to fit the look and size of your yard. For outdoor use, you can purchase a smaller feature that is similar to a serenity fountain.
These blend in very nicely with rock gardens, though can work with other landscaping elements. Even a small birdbath can add a sense of elegance to your yard. The great thing about small water features is they cost far less than installing a medium-size waterfall or a big pond.
It is possible to design a landscape that looks both attractive and spacious, even if your yard is small. By carefully planning and implementing your design, you can have a cozy feeling landscape surrounding your home.