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Small YardLandscaping GuideSix strategies for landscaping a small backyard

Do you have a small yardthat never gets used?Are you in need of strategies for transformingit into a useful space?But, first you must

Stop wondering what to do with that neglected space.Stop believing that its too small to be useful.

Start thinking of your small yard as a place of possibilities.Start dreaming of how you’ll use the space.

Now you’re ready for thestrategies

Stay in scaleWhen deciding on the right scale for plants and landscape structuresconsider the size of your home as well as your available yard space.

Z Freedman Landscape DesignAppropriately sized patio furnitureLow profile outdoor fireplace

Keep it simple“In a garden this size, I find that round shapes create leftover, wastedspaces. To keep things simple, I use straight lines to create the shapes ofpatios, planting beds, lawns and outdoor living elements. ”-- Ive Haugeland, Shades of Green Landscape Architecture

Shades of Green Landscape ArchitectureRectangular water featureRecessed square fire pit

Unify with repetition“A small space can easily look cluttered if thought is not given to how theelements in the space relate to each other. Selecting a few key featuresand using repetition will create unity and help tie the space together. Trycontainer groupings of the same shape or color, select plants with repeatingcolors, textures or forms, or use the same types of materials throughout thespace (pavers, stone, etc.).”-- Heidi Skievaski, Sublime Garden Design

Sublime Garden DesignColor repetition in the materialsForm and texture repetition in the plants

Select colors carefully“On a recent project, we discovered that a black fence made the yard lookbigger. The dark color acts as negative space, creating depth and theillusion of expansiveness.”-- Barbara Stock, Stock and Hill Landscapes

Stock and Hill LandscapesBlack privacy fence with lattice topper

Install built-in seating“I prefer built-in seating because it creates a cleaner look, helps todesignate space and is great for maximizing small yards.”-- Zack Freedman, Z Freedman Landscape Design

Z Freedman Landscape DesignBuilt-in bench – takes advantage of otherwise unused space

Use double duty features“Aside from saving space, a combined fire and water element will give youa one-of-a-kind feature that no one else has.”-- Terry Sims, The Garden Artist

The Garden ArtistFire – creates a social atmosphereWater – creates a relaxing atmosphere

Put it all together Stay in scale Keep it simple Unify with repetition Select colors carefully Install built-in seating Use double duty features

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Small Yard Landscaping Guide Author: Sarah Hutchinson Subject: Discover six strategies for landscaping a small backyard. See examples of landscapes that make the most out of a small space. Keywords: small yard landscaping strategies guide Created Date: 3/26/2013 9:14:45 AM

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