Landscaping Ideas For Small Yards

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Many modern homes in Northern Colorado have small yards. If you own a townhome or condo, the chances are pretty good that your yard is relatively small. There is nothing wrong with having a small yard; there are plenty of perks, to be sure. For example, you won’t spend nearly as much time mowing, watering, and otherwise working to keep up on your small yard as homeowners with large outdoor spaces. That’s right, a quick mow and a little raking, and the rest of Saturday is yours to do as you please. Homeowners with large yards are destined to spend far more time toiling around their yards. Just because you have a small yard, it does not mean it can’t look fantastic and function as well as a big yard. In fact, we have seen small yards that look quite amazing. Here are a few landscaping ideas for those who have small outdoor spaces.

The Benefits of a Small Yard

Bigger isn’t always better, even when you are discussing backyards. Sure, a big backyard is sort of a status symbol to some people, but there are many benefits to having a small yard. Let’s start with the obvious; less yard equals less yard work. We don’t know about you, but we prefer to spend our weekends out and about doing fun things or relaxing on the patio. But if you have a big yard, you will be spending much more time working on it as opposed to those who enjoy a smaller outdoor space.


Small yards are also cozy. And since there isn’t a whole lot of space for things, it’s easy to fill up your yard with all of the goodies you want. Of course, if you have a big yard, much of that space is going to be open, which is fine if you have large dogs or kids who like to play outside. But many homeowners are quite happy with a nice patio, a great garden, and plenty of shade trees that turn your small backyard into a mini oasis. So don’t fret if you have a small backyard, and here are a few tips to make the best of it.

Maximize Space

There are several ways in which you can maximize the space in your yard, which gives you the room for the projects you desire. For example, one popular trend for homeowners with small yards is vertical gardens. You could implement a wall planter or have one installed by your landscaping company. Wall planters allow lush greenery and vivid colors to flourish in your yard, and it adds depth to your yard, as well. Another good idea is to maximize space by hanging planters in your outdoor space. There are several types of hanging plants available at your local garden center.

Window boxes are another way in which you can save space and enjoy the plants you love so much. Window boxes work well in windows, but you can also place them on your porch railing or around the perimeter of your patio.

Architectural Features

You might think that you can’t have an architectural feature like an arbor or a pergola in your small yard, but then you would be wrong. An arbor or pergola can be custom-built for your particular space, and it will give the illusion of more space. In addition, features like pergolas and arbors are interesting to admire, and they are full of character.

Instead of building across when planning a garden or grassy area, build up. By incorporating a few levels of retaining fences or walls, your small yard will look much bigger. Other features to think about when having your small yard landscaped include a sunken conversation pit and elevated patio, both of which will make your yard look bigger ad far more interesting. Plus, these are features that make your yard more functional. Best of all, a retaining wall can also be used as extra bench seating.

Shop Small

Just because you can fit a large patio table that seats eight does not mean it’s a good idea. Big furniture might be great if you plan on entertaining a lot of people at once, but a big table and lots of big chairs will only make your outdoor space look even smaller. Your best bet is to keep the things you buy for your yard small. A small table with a few small chairs will enhance your outdoor space. It also makes sense to buy chairs with dee through patterns that allow the eye to travel farther.

The same can be said for other large objects you might want to keep in your yard. For example, lining up large decorative pats around the patio will look OK, but it makes your yard look even smaller than it is. So resist the temptation to buy big and think about how great your yard is going to look with smaller amenities.

If you have a small backyard and are looking to have it spruced up, we are here to help. We can transform your backyard into your own personal oasis. All you have to do is have a dream, and we can make it a reality. Come to us with your ideas or concepts, and we can sit down and talk about the future of your amazing yard. Just go to our contact page and fill out the form, and we will be in contact as soon as possible.


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