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Five Tips for Small Backyard Landscaping that Creates an Intimate Retreat

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Many homeowners have backyard landscaping dreams that include acres of jewel-green grass, lush trees, and maybe even the perfect backyard waterfall. Backyard design ideas for a yard that size can be endless!

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But what about the small backyard? With careful planning, your small backyard landscaping project can turn a tiny spot of land into an inviting retreat that offers charm, character, and a place for all your backyard ideas to become reality.

Small Backyard Landscaping Ideas

A tiny space can be a very welcoming one. Give your small backyard the beautiful treatment it deserves with the following design ideas.

  • Container gardens. If there is little room for gardening, grow your favorite plants in colorful containers. Container gardening has the added bonus of allowing you to move plants around to better capture sunlight and rain.
  • Go diagonal. Granite pavers are beautiful for the tiny backyard, especially when they are set at a diagonal to make the space appear larger.
  • Green privacy. Want more privacy for your tiny backyard but don't like the idea of a large fence? Use a living screen instead. Boxwoods, cedars, and other permanent green fixtures offer natural privacy.
  • Work your way up. Who says backyard gardens have to be in neat rows? Garden up by letting the tomato plants grow up a trellis and offer a tall pergola for the beans to climb.
  • Furniture tricks. Use attractive, wooden folding chairs and a small table to create the feel of a backyard cafe. A simple bench placed under a shady spot can be perfect for those long, lazy afternoons of reading.

Don't give up on your small backyard! Backyard landscaping ideas for the small lawn can turn your little-used space into a favorite hideaway.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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