Landscape Design Tips for a Smaller Yard

Many people feel that when it comes to landscaping, this is only suitable for large-scale yards.

The Internet, unfortunately breeds part of this misconception. If you look for images or design inspiration very often what you will get back is large, rolling manicured lawns or the types of design ideas that need – sometimes literally – acres of space!

But that doesn’t need to be the case, and there are a range of design ideas that can be employed in a smaller yard – many of them with the specific intention of making the most out of a smaller space.

Here are some of the best tips out there for smaller yards:

Don’t Crowd!

A common design fault in a small yard is to try to do too much with the space available – the result is simply clutter and an unappealing design. Instead, make use of all the corners and hidden spaces.

For example, you may want some furniture in your yard like a chair and tables. Absolutely fine, but place them right in the middle and they quickly fill the space. Instead, tuck them away into a corner to leave more open space for a less crowded look.

Free Space

Almost as important as what you put into the space you have in your yard is what you don’t put into it. Use the idea of “negative space” in a small yard by employing, for example, a lawn. No mater how small – even if just a couple of square yards – it will create the illusion of more space in a small yard (more on that below).

Keep it Tidy

Bad news for you – a smaller yard really shows up mess and litter. Because there is literally nowhere for dead leaves and weeds to go but right into your eye line, if you don’t keep it relativity clean and tidy it shows big time.

Choose shrubs and potted trees that have minimal leaf shedding to keep the cleaning and maintenance to a minimum.

Divide and Conquer

If you are trying to make the most of the small space you have available, it may seem counter-intuitive to divide what you have into even smaller segments.

In some ways that is true however if you can use different terrains or elevations as your dividing point it can actually have the opposite effect, and create the illusion of a much larger yard.

As my friend Paul likes to explain: “For instance, consider installing a raised patio area in one corner or along the rear of the yard. Dividing into two across different elevations really can create the idea of more space”. I follow his advice 98 percent of the time, since he’s been in the business for over a decade and owns Hardscapes Indianapolis a local backyard design company which you can learn more about here: His two main things are landscape design and building outdoor kitchens, as long as there are customers.

Open Up The Center

If you have intentions of using your yard as a social space – for example hosting summer BBQ’s and midsummer parties long into the evening – keep the center of your yard as free as possible in your designs.

Place furniture, installations, decorations and the majority of your plants around the outside edges. Keeping a central open space allows rooms for guests to mingle. If they have to pick their over plants and furniture just to talk to each other however, this is going to create the impression of a cluttered yard.

Various Tasks That A Tree Service Company Can Do For You

If you hire a tree service company, there are different tasks that they can do for you. Let us look at some of them

Planting of trees

It may seem to be easy enough to plant trees, but actually, it is not. This is particularly true if you need to plant a large number of trees. You need to pay proper attention to young trees if you want them to grow healthy. Even technically speaking, it’s hard to plant a tree and how well you do it will decide how well the tree remains in its lifetime. Hence it is advisable not to attempt this task yourself, but to hire professionals for it so that you have trees that are healthy.

Irrigation of trees

Although watering trees is not exactly technically demanding, it takes up a lot of time. Hence if you want to save time and effort, then it is advisable to hire professionals to not only water the trees but also take care of them in different manners.

Trimming a tree

If a tree overgrows, it may turn into a hazard which is why regular trimming of trees is important. The trimming of trees has to be done in a specific manner to ensure that they tree does not die afterward. Apart from keeping the trees from becoming a hazard, they are also trimmed to promote healthy growth. And this type of tree trimming is called pruning. Both tree trimming and pruning require special equipment and skills, which is why you should call in the professionals to do this job.

Why Home Owners Hire Tree Service Providers

Most home owners would love to have large shady trees in their garden, but most of them don’t know how to maintain them. This is the reason that they hire professional tree service providers. Apart from keeping the trees trimmed and safe, they also ensure the health of the trees and their beauty remains intact for a long time.

Ensuring health of trees

Like human beings even trees can experience disease due to unstable weather and viruses. These can seriously affect the health and appearance of the trees, but tree service providers can take care of these problems immediately and prevent the damage from spreading. The tree service providers have the skill and knowledge to diagnose and treat various tree diseases. As a result, your trees will remain healthy and beautiful all the time.

Maintaining trees properly

The other reason why home owners opt for tree service providers is that they can maintain trees properly. Watering, fertilizing and trimming regularly ensure that your trees grow healthy and remain so. Then again there are the problems like pests which can be dealt with pesticides, but sometimes you may not have the right solutions. However, tree service providers can use advanced techniques like micro trunk injections which will help in getting rid of pests easily.

Get assistance in growing trees

Some home owners may prefer to grow their trees by themselves, but this can be a demanding task, speaking technically and regarding effort. It can be worse if you don’t have the right knowledge and skills and you can end up damaging the trees. Instead, tree service experts have all the necessary know-how and equipment to ensure that they can plant the trees in such a way that they will grow to be healthy and beautiful.