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Landscaping Ideas for Small Backyards

Not everyone has or wants a large, open backyard. Some homeowners crave the intimacy and privacy a small backyard can offer. Of course, landscaping small backyards can be tricky if you have a lot of ideas that you want to implement. It's important to make the most of the space that you do have, without over-cluttering the yard. With these landscaping ideas for small backyards, you can make big designs happen in a small space.


Make use of vertical space

The sky is the limit when it comes to your small backyard. You may not have a lot of square footage in your backyard, but you can always build upwards. Maximizing the space you have can give your small backyard an appearance that is far from cluttered.

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Create a double-decker patio

If you're looking for a large project, build a tall deck that can be used as a covered patio below. Make sure that the structure is tall enough for people to stand beneath the floor of the deck. Create a casual seating space under the deck with an outdoor loveseat or two and a coffee table, depending on the amount of space you have to work with. Add outdoor lighting under the deck for an intimate and cozy space. On the top deck, create your outdoor dining area. Set up a bistro table and chairs for a very small deck or a round dining table with an umbrella and a few chairs if you have more space.

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Build a vertical garden

For a small project that utilizes vertical space, consider layering planters upwards as you create a potted garden. You can purchase tiered planters with several layers for various flowers and plants or you can use simple containers and pots to create your own tiered planters. Use a long metal rod to hold the planters in place. Drill holes into each planter, so that they can slide down the rod on an angle, switching angles with each planter. Start with the largest planter on the bottom, and layer new pots until you reach the very top of the metal rod. Fill each pot with soil and plants to keep it stable.

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Create optical illusions

If you want the backyard to appear bigger than it is, there are a variety of ways to create this illusion. Whether you offer a diversion or use decorative pieces to expand your yard visually, these tips can make your small yard seem large and inviting.

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Design a cozy space in back

Utilize space well in back area of your yard with a canopy-covered dining space or a garden seating area with a pergola. By creating a place to walk to, without cramping the patio seating area near your home, you're using all of your space and giving the illusion that your backyard is bigger than it is. Instead of seeing asmall unused space in the back of the yard, you'll see the distance that you need to walk to get to your favorite spot.

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Emphasize a focal point

With a small yard, you'll want to create something visually appealing to draw the eyes away from the size of the space. If you have a garden, use a bold-colored fountain or a large gazing ball in the midst of the garden to capture the attention of visitors. For backyards without a garden, add a small arbor or pergola and climbing plants for your focal point.

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Make use of mirrors

In small houses, people add mirrors to make the rooms appear larger than they are. Design decorative outdoor mirrors for your backyard to give the illusion that the space is much bigger than it is. Not only will your yard have a stylish and unique decorative flair, you'll feel like you're in a large backyard.

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