Landscaping projects, no matter how large or small they are, require thorough research and planning in advance. This is especially true when landscaping small yards.
One should be meticulous in doing a good job up front because with the limited space, you need ensure that all of your landscaping architecture elements are design and fitted to maximize the impact of your project despite its size.
The three main design elements that will be discussed are modification, fit and structure.
Landscaping a backyard is all about changing the its appearance and modifying it for personal satisfaction. One of the resulting benefits of this modification is an immediate upgrade to the home’s value in the market.
The modifying changes could vary from simply changing the plants, to arranging the structures in the yard, to a more dramatic project involving excavation and constructing materials that could drastically change the landscape.
When considering landscaping for small backyards, you need to first assess the size or the part of the backyard to be used. Based on the calculated size, you can then proceed with research ideas and begin the planning process.
There is no real difference in researching landscape projects for small or big yards. The same rules apply. A good understanding of the space, its flow, potential use, weather conditions and soil type all have important design considerations.
Sources of design information are varied. Libraries, garden centers and magazines are all good ways to obtain design keys and imaginative alternatives. Landscape pictures are a wonderful source of information for planning purposes.
You may feel that you can combine various elements and styles together- it’s all up to personal choice, local conditions and budget. And asking around will also assist you. Check with neighbors and if you see a landscaping project that catches your eye, reach out and get further information on how the project was conceived and built.
When you have a small backyard, planning should be based om simple landscaping ideas but be detailed in design. The type of plants that you intend to use need to be placed accordingly. Be mindful of the color and the sizes of the plants, as well as the positioning of each because their foot print changes as they grow.
Structuring Each Element
When you are landscaping a small backyard, you need to consider the size and placements of landscape structures. Each of these structures affect both the flow of the backyard as well as its footprint’s space on the overall dimensions of the backyard.
Many small backyards become quite restricted with the haphazard placement of sculptures, feeders, ornamental rocks and other hard landscaping features. By best positioning the structure, you can actually make a small area look larger which again has a dramatic positive impact to the yards appeal, function, flow and value.
Other structures that are appropriate for small backyards include small water features, like a small pond or a simple fountain. The importance of fencing in a small area is also a key design feature. In addition, fencing can provide enhanced security and privacy benefits to your backyard.
With all the new trends in fencing, there are a lot of design choices and options, to fit any small backyard landscape layout and budget. Landscaping small yards may be quite a challenge. But plan wisely, be creative and enjoy!
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