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Landscaping Tricks For A Small Yard

For many homeowners, having a small yard can seem less than ideal when planning a beautiful outdoor space. However, when it comes to landscaping, size doesn’t necessarily matter.

Using these few tricks and tips, you can turn your small backyard into a beautifully-designed, relaxing space with everything you need.

1. Create Levels

Creating visual interest in a small yard can be tricky, but the best way to do this is by creating levels. Install a sunken patio or build a raised garden bed to add some visual interest to your space without making it feel overwhelmed by space-consuming elements.

2. Frame A View

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make with small yards is to create a confined space, which only results in making the space feel even smaller. Instead, create a seating area that looks out onto the rest of your garden and frame the view with a trellis, pergola or arbour. If you don’t have space for a large piece of carpentry, opt instead for shrubs and small trees.

3. Create Defined Areas

Dividing your small outdoor space into defined areas can help to create the illusion of a larger landscape. Break up your yard into different areas by creating furniture groupings and connecting the areas with paths. Depending on how much space you have to work with, you can create a separate space for eating and another space for lounging. Consider installing small, cozy nooks for reading as well.

4. Match Your Landscaping To Your Home

Working with a small outdoor space requires planning and coordination with your home, and if your landscaping style seems to contradict your home’s style, this can make your outdoor space feel smaller. If your home has a modern exterior, incorporate modern landscaping elements like contemporary lighting and furniture.

5. Use Colour To Your Advantage

Many of us are familiar with the classic small-space rule: dark colours make a space feel even smaller. Fortunately, outside we have lots of options for colourful plants that can help your space feel larger than it is. Opt for bright colours like yellows and pinks, and try to place them at the front of the landscape. Keeping them front and centre will help catch your attention and make the rest of the yard recede and feel larger.

6. Use Vertical Space

If you don’t have a lot of horizontal space, the obvious thing to do is to make the most of your vertical space! Plant tall trees and install vertical walls to add dimension to your small backyard without overwhelming it. Vertical elements will help to guide your eye upward so the focus is on the height of your garden.

At TLC Landscaping, we’re well-versed in creating outdoor spaces that work — no matter how big or small. Learn more about our backyard landscaping services.

Topics: landscape design, Landscape Design & Build, Backyard Landscaping