Not everyone is blessed with a large backyard. However, just because you haven’t got a large outdoor space doesn’t mean that it can’t still be a place you can enjoy. In fact, a smaller backyard can often be cozier and easier to maintain. Below are some tips on how to make the most of your tiny backyard.
Say no to a lawn
Lawns are often unsuitable in tiny backyards. They take up a lot of space and require a lot of maintenance to keep them looking good. While lawns can be useful for kids and pets to play on, a tiny lawn isn’t going to provide much room to play anyway. In other words, you’re better off turning that space into something more practical such as patio space or even a small vegetable patch. A stone garden could even help to give a tiny backyard a cozy courtyard feel.
Use the walls and fences
The walls and fences can serve as an extension of your backyard. You may be able to hang awnings from them or incorporate seating such as benches into them. Lighting can also be hung on them as well as various ornaments and signs. You can even grow plants on them – this could include growing vines on lattices or hanging flower baskets from them. All in all, don’t overlook your walls and fences when thinking of ways to decorate your backyard.
Plant narrow trees
The idea of planting a tree in a small backyard may seem impractical, but it doesn’t have to be. Some trees such as this skyrocket juniper are very narrow, which makes them perfect for small places. Planting such a tree in the corner of your backyard could provide shade and even help provide some privacy. Trees are also great for the environment and can help to fight carbon emissions while also providing a home for local wildlife like birds and squirrels.
Choose a circular table
A large rectangular or square table is going to take up more space than an oval or circular table due to the corners. You can also sit more people around a circular table because of the lack of corners. This could be something to consider when choosing outdoor furniture for a tiny backyard. You can find circular outdoor tables to suit all kinds of styles from modern glass and rattan tables to traditional wood and cast iron tables. Some come with chairs or even parasols that can provide cover. A collapsible circular table could be an option worth looking into – this could help free up space in your backyard for other activities like exercise.
Keep a walkway
It’s easy for a tiny backyard to become cluttered. Make sure to provide walkways so that you’re not having to squeeze past furniture or plants to get around your backyard. This will stop your backyard from feeling cramped. A small walkway running through the middle of your backyard or along the side of your backyard could be all you need.