5 Ways to Transform Your Small Backyard

5 Ways to Transform Your Small Backyard
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    You don’t have space in your backyard for a swimming pool or huge garden; you may not even have room to toss a football around with friends and family.

    This doesn’t mean you have to write off your backyard as a dumping ground for junk.

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Get outside and enjoy your backyard, no matter how small it is. Fix up an unappealing yard with a few key changes and additions.

Install an Awning

Create a sitting area in the shade and you’re more likely to spend time enjoying your backyard. If you already have a patio or deck, that’s the perfect space for a shady sitting area. If not, consider throwing down stone tiles around the sliding glass door entrance to your backyard. Or,place the tiles a short distance away from the back door if you don’t have a sliding glass door.

Install an awning over this space to protect yourself from UV rays and sweltering heat in the summer. The fabric on an awning is easy to pack up and put away in the winter, and if you choose a retractable model, you can put it away when you want to sunbathe without having to remove the fabric.

Plant New Grass

There’s nothing makes a backyard more drab than dying grass and patches of muddy areas where the grass has stopped growing completely. Luckily though, replanting new grass is easy:

  • Rake the grass to clear it of leaves, branches, stones and other debris.
  • Use a hoe or a sod cutter to remove existing grass.
  • Lay down fertilizer or other soil amendments (run a soil test to see what your soil is lacking.)
  • Plant the new grass in seed or sod form; laying down sod is the easiest and fastest method.

Add Plant Life

The New York Times reports only 15 percent of Americans count gardening as one of their hobbies or passions; if it’s space that’s stopping you from gardening, don’t let it! Even just a bush in the corner can make all the difference toyour backyard’s aesthetic. Lay down mulch instead of grass in a small portion of the backyard and plant your favorite flowers; even a space a couple of feet wide is better than nothing at all.

If space in the ground is truly an issue, spruce up the patio you’ve created beneath your awning with potted plants. Potted plants are not only a way to add a touch of nature to a tiny backyard, but they’re easy to move and take care of. You can even take them inside during the colder months and continue to water them.

Lay Down Stone Tiles

Create a pathway through your backyard using stone tiles. A small path of tiles will create a more organized, appealing look. You don’t even have to plant new grass beneath the tiles; fill in the spots between the tiles with mulch or small stones. A path of tiles provides even less area to mow when it comes to maintaining the improved backyard look.

Add a Zen Garden or Fountain

Your new backyard should be a place where you can get away from stress. Add a Zen garden or fountain or both to increase sense of tranquility in your backyard. You may not have space for a full-size garden or large fountain, but even devoting a small corner of the lawn to raking sand and positioning stones can help. You can even get atabletop fountain or Zen garden for a small table on the patio if you’re very short on space.

Of course, before you make any drastic exterior changes, clear the backyard of any junk or yard waste that’s accumulated while you’ve been neglecting it. Think of the project this way: Your backyard may be small, but that means you have to put less effort into cleaning and maintaining a picturesque space. A few simple changescan create a haven in your backyard away from the stresses of everyday life.

About the Author: Simon Hopes is an exterior designer and blogger on do-it-yourself topics. He recommends Sunesta awnings to anyone looking to transform a small backyard space.

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