A lot of people enjoy spending time in their back yard, particularly if there are things to do or other reasons to spend time there. Lots of people have a backyard barbecue, or a hammock, or a patio, or some other place where the family and/or friends can gather to spend time in the spring, summer and fall.
People with smaller yards may have a problem finding a way to make spending time in their yard worthwhile, however. If you have a small yard, you may feel that you don’t have enough room to make the yard useful. As a result, many people end up with a yard full of grass and the only time they spend there is when they’re mowing it or trimming weeds.
It’s possible to optimize a small yard so that it can give you something to do and a place where you and your friends can spend some time. Remember – not everyone wants a huge yard. All you have to do is take what you have and find a way to make the most of it.
Below are a few tips for helping you get the most out of a smaller back yard:
- Create a center of attention. A single point of focus can make or break a smaller yard, so try to come up with something that will draw and keep attention. A great idea for that would be a small pond, or a fountain, fire pit, or perhaps a swing or a glider.
- Good lighting can make a huge difference. These days, affordable solar lighting is available in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. You can accent your sidewalks or highlight your trees, bushes, or fountain. These lights require little maintenance; most of the work comes in figuring out where to put them.
- Keep your yard tidy. If you have a smaller yard, then unkempt bushes, overgrown trees or the occasional weed are going to have a bigger impact than they might have in a larger yard, where a single problem could be easily overlooked. Fortunately, smaller yards are easier to maintain, so this step should be a fairly easy one. If you have a wooden fence, keep it painted and repaired.
- Furniture is a must. If you’re going to spend time with your family or friends in the yard, you’ll need a place to sit. You can go with concrete benches, but comfortable patio furniture tends to be more inviting. An umbrella or some other sun protection can be helpful, too.
Take care not to overcrowd the yard. Obviously, you cannot add everything to a small yard, so plan ahead and decided where your focus is going to be, and where you’re going to sit and how you’re going to spend your time. If you’re planning on cooking out often, then you might want to pass on the fountain or pond and focus on a grill or barbecue station instead.
Smaller yards don’t have the flexibility of larger ones, but you can still make them warm, friendly places where you and your family will want to spend time. Give it some thought and put some planning into it, and you can come up with a lovely small space that’s a fun place to hang out.