When designing a backyard, hardscape areas, like patios, fencing and walkways, make your yard more usable and private but they also help accent your plants, flowers and other softscape elements.
When designing a backyard, hardscape areas, like patios, fencing and walkways, make your yard more usable and private but they also help accent your plants, flowers and other softscape elements. If you’re dealing with a small yard, it may seem like mission impossible to incorporate the necessary hardscape features without making the
space feel more confined. But you can create a striking hardscape even if your backyard is short on space you just need to plan more carefully. Do you want a backyard getaway or would you rather have a patio atmosphere where you and friends can enjoy an evening outside complete with steaks on the grill.
Creating multiple paved surfaces, like landings and pathways for example, is sure to add texture and dimension irrespective of the amount of area in hand. The following ideas can help you get a better perspective regarding how to go about with the landscaping.
Small backyards benefit from diverse pathways. These elements give visual depth so the yard looks larger. In worn traffic areas or problem lawn zones, seek out blocks of grass and easily fit in stepping stones or pavers as hardscape traffic blocks alternating with grass. In poorly drained or shaded areas, replace troublesome grass with gravel or sand paths enclosed with edged borders. For secure footing, add flagstone or stepping stones within the new path. Put stepping stones in garden areas for kneeling chores or tool rests. The stones are handy platforms and, in decorative designs or colors, add aesthetic elements to garden beds.
Design to Scale
Unfortunately, you may not be able to fit everything you want into a small backyard. One way to include multiple aspects into your hardscaping is to scale areas and features down to fit your yard. Maybe you are set on including a fire pit and a water feature in your yard.
Create a patio immediately outside your bedroom or kitchen. Merge your garden with a tiled area or produce a level using steps. This can save on space as well as boost the look of the exterior.
Small backyards need functional decks. Decking outside the back door, whether it is covered, uncovered or seasonally covered, adds livability towards the house. It functions for outdoor eating, lounging, storage or play. The deck gives perspective by providing an actual break between the house and yard. Decking at the end or rear side of the small back yard provides a backdrop. Use small decks as versatile platforms for any shed, playhouse, table or outdoor sculpture. When a tree provides shade but creates an inhospitable environment for other plants, develop a deck near the tree for summer seating, your dog house or shade-loving container plants.
Keep fencing to some bare minimum by opting for a picket fence, or even better, install an iron chain which will mark your territory. Stay away from stone hedges to run the size of the designated area. Utilizing a trellis to line the backyard will make sure you save up on space, in addition to provide you respite from pesky neighbors, thus, keeping the personal space at that.