Monday, May 12, 2014

Good Things Come In Small Packages – Landscaping a Tiny Yard

Even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, your little piece of Grand Junction real estate can look fabulous. Of course you’ll have to make the most of what you have, and you won’t have quite the flexibility as someone who has all kinds of room to play in and make mistakes with, but it’s do-able.

First, you’ll want to think about what you want for your yard. Then switch focus and decide what you can take off your “want” list, because you can bet you’ve got too much there. Decide what you can live without, and just work with your “must haves.”
Remember that when you’re making your list of shrubs and plants, that they’re going to grow. That cute little juniper you saw in a pot at your favorite garden center could end up taking over the entire yard. Fortunately for small-space gardeners, many plants come in dwarf varieties.

Ideally, you’ll want a mix of flowers and shrubs, and perhaps a tree or two. If you can work it in, water features are very popular, and come in a wide range of DIY sizes. If you can, you might want to go with a multi-level approach, creating terraced beds – this is a fabulous way to make the most of your small space.

If you’re a frustrated farmer, you could incorporate vegetables and herbs into your space. Here again, raised beds can be your best friends, with trellises running a close second. A word of warning on the herbs, though – some varieties can be very hard to get rid of if you change your mind. Mint, for example, is very invasive and will take over your entire garden if you let it.

Whatever you decide to grow, do your research and draw up a plan. Attractive landscaping, even in a small space, can be a great feature if you’re selling your home, and of course a source of quiet enjoyment to you if you’re not.