3 Tips For Landscaping – A Tiny Backyard
Most people dream about living in a home with a white picket fence and big backyard, but few people end up with either. More often than not, you sacrifice a home you like in a good area for a large yard, or you have a yard that’s strangely shaped (and hard to mow). However, if you are staring at your tiny backyard with little to no idea what to do with it, you’re not alone. Keep reading to learn three ways to style your backyard — regardless of its size.
Invest in an Air Conditioning Cover
Do you have a large and bulky HVAC system that generates noise all day while acting as a giant eyesore? If so, planting shrubs to disguise it might not be the best solution. This makes it difficult for HVAC techs to reach the unit (unless they have a machete) and actually puts your unit at risk of sucking in stray branches and leaves. As a homeowner, you have to maintain those bushes throughout the year.
Instead, consider finding an HVAC cover or building a small fence around the unit. It’s less work for you in the long run and makes things easier when technicians need to look at it.
Turn Your Backyard Into a Seating Area
It’s not possible to turn every backyard into a playground where your family can throw a football and run around. However, it doesn’t take much room to create a seating area where you can have barbecues and picnics. Look for outdoor furniture that can survive the elements (in particular, wind and snow) without getting damaged. You might also want to find a grill that you can roll and move depending on the season. This way, you can turn your yard into a patio that gets used throughout the year.
Skip the Grass and Opt for a Garden
If you have a small space and a green thumb, consider replacing the grass altogether and instead creating a garden with flowers, bushes, and vines crawling up a trellis. You could also create a vegetable garden and try your hand at growing tomatoes in the summer and squash in the fall.
As more homeowners become conscious about the environment, they’re opting out of the traditional grassy lawn and instead creating healthy ecosystems with native plant life. Not only will this attract honeybees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your yard, but it also gives you an opportunity to bond with your children and teach them to love playing in the dirt and giving back to mother nature. However, you might not want this option if you don’t have the time to maintain it, as an unkempt garden can quickly become an eyesore.
The best way to make the most of your tiny lawn is to get creative. Ask yourself what you want to do with the space (whether you want to relax after a long day or create memories with your family), then brainstorm ways to make it happen. You might find that your yard seems to grow the more you work to improve it.