Some people just don't want a large yard but that doesn't mean when potential buyers come looking, they don't notice how small the yard actually is. A Realtor friend had a beautiful home listed earlier this year and the number one complaint of the house--- the yard was too small. So how do you overcome that? Price is always a way but how about looking at using your small yard to your advantage. How you ask?
Smaller yards often lack privacy because the space butts up to another yard or house. A fence can do wonders but don't just stop there. Add some greenery. Layer your yard in a way you have some depth to your yard. Tall plants against a fence will give you privacy and create a sound barrier. Have a balcony? Use a trellis and weave a year round green vine such as English Ivy. Now you have a year round retreat.
Prune plants to grow up not out. Raise plant height by using a retaining wall, raised beds or long, slender containers.
Reflect Your Surroundings:
Add a beautiful, weather proof mirror to reflect your space. Make sure it reflects your beautiful greenery and not a bare space or a gill. Hang it a eye level too--- not over your head. The worst place to hang a mirror or a picture is above eye level. Your significant other taller than you and unsure where eye level is best suited--- always to the shorter one--- Always.
Accent with Flowers, Small Containers and Hanging Baskets:
Flowers make everyone happy. Use a variety of color combinations to enhance the space. Purple and yellow always look lovely together. Portulaca looks amazing in a hanging basket--- blooms during the day and sleeps at night.
Keep Scale Small:
Just like in a small space in your home, large chairs and tables do not belong in a small yard. It makes the space feel even smaller. Keep clutter down and enjoy a simplistic life outdoors.
Add a Small Fountain:
Nothing makes a yard feel large with the sound of running water. A small, rock fountain adds just the amount of sound to fill your ears with tranquility.
A small yard is not a hinderance. Less grass to mow and weeds to pick is wonderful in this fast paced life. Enjoy the minimalist lifestyle with your small yard without breaking out a lawn mower and weed eater. Open a book, kick off your shoes and enjoy the sounds of nature.