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Small Garden Landscaping Ideas

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Make it a playground area


  • If you have kids, converting your small backyard into a playground area is a nice option that your kids will enjoy.
  • And with some creative thinking, you can make the area fit nicely in your overall landscape design.
  • For example, the stepping stone walkway to the playground area – a nice decor layout that functions and looks great.
  • And when the kids grow up, you can replace the playset with a trampoline or perhaps adding an above ground swimming pool.
  • What other landscaping elements do you see? The side patio shrub garden with red mulch – the border garden along the fencing with shrubs and small growing trees – the playground area bordered by a stone curb – everthing designed with shrubs and trees for easy maintenance.
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Grass and a mounted rock garden


  • Any small backyard can have a garden – but this close to the patio area?
  • Why not! It gives you a nice view from the patio area.
  • Just surround the garden with grass and stepping stones – a nice way to give your backyard an appealing look.
  • Why use large rocks and boulders? To give your garden height and depth. Install some path lighting around the edge for nightly illumination. The one issue you must address is the mound soil erosion – having more root-bound shrubs or other plants can help stem erosion.


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How about a step-down garden


  • Perfect option for sloping backyards – making two tiers in your landscaping design.
  • Your top tier near the home is your stone patio area – the second lower tier is a step-down section to a sitting area with surrounding garden landscape.
  • Then enclose your garden with decorative fencing to give you the ultimate privacy.
  • Your personal garden of eden Take a look of the surrounding plants and shrubs – using the combination of planted shrubs and potted plants. The advantage of potted plants is placement – meaning that you place them whereever to give your patio and garden the floral and foilage you need.


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Relaxing in a hot tub


  • Here is an idea: extend the deck to enjoy a hot tub on those cool nights.
  • Given that this backyard slopes downward – the deck extension drops down to a lower deck level.
  • Not a bad option to seperate the hot tub from the other sections of the deck.
  • Other nice options What do you think about about the walkway – as it steps down from the side house to the backyard. You can do something similar with a walkway blending into a stone wall that keeps the garden intact. This will also work for a leveled back yard.


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No grass???!!!


  • Maybe a small grassy backyard is something not worth the time and maintenance.
  • So transform it on overall landscape are with decorative trees and shrubs – simple maintenance to keep it looking nice.
  • What’s easier maintenance… Grass or shrub landscaping? With grass, you need to mow and trim weekly. With shrub landscaping, you need to re-mulch annually and rake every couple of weeks or so to keep it looking nice.
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