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6 Tips to Optimize Your Small Backyard Design

04/15/2016 11:25am ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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There is no doubt that having a small backyard can be a real challenge. Whether you live in the middle of the city or out in the country, the lack of space can really cramp your style -- especially if you have kids. Check out these six tips to help you optimize your small backyard.

Photo courtesy of Burns Gardening in Lake Forest, CA

#1 Remove clutter.

Clearing away the clutter is absolutely essential if you have a small backyard. Remove any toys, gardening tools and anything else you do not need at the moment. Store your extra items in your garden shed or garage. Remember to keep the remaining items in your yard neat and tidy.

#2 Start a container garden.

Gardening can be a real challenge in a small backyard. Use a variety of pots and hanging planters to create a container garden.

Photo courtesy of Pools, Patios, Ponds in Painesville, OH

#3 Replace large furniture.

A huge patio set will look out of place in your small backyard. Replace your larger furniture with a small table and chairs. Your backyard will look roomier and you can enjoy the great outdoors in style.

#4 Choose a simple look.

Think about installing a single pathway through your yard. You can also experiment with different colors, plants and flowers along your backyard path. (Just make sure it doesn't become a jungle.)

#5 Utilize fencing.

A fenced-in backyard gives you privacy from street traffic and neighbors. Instead of a solid fence, choose a style that is more open. A lattice fence is perfect for small backyards.

#6 Consider bright colors.

The right color scheme can make a world of difference when dealing with small spaces. If your backyard looks cramped and uninviting, incorporate bold, bright colors to open up your space.