Category Archives: Small Backyards

Backyard Design Trends

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Are you ready to update or upgrade your backyard design? Here are four backyard design ideas that are trending right now.

Low Maintenance Landscape

A sustainable backyard design, complete with drought-tolerant, native plants and minimal (if any) grass can be useful and attractive. While low-maintenance landscapes are by no means new, they’re becoming increasingly popular – both for economic and environmental concerns. In this case, less really is more!

Durable Outdoor Surfaces

Hardscape elements, such as stacked stone retaining walls, meandering paver pathways, and traditional outdoor kitchens are a must-have for outdoor living spaces. Custom built fire pits are perfect for family gatherings; kids and adults alike will enjoy roasting marshmallows in their own backyard.

Add Ambience with Lighting

If you want to enjoy your outdoor living spaces into the evening hours, consider installing LED and other low-voltage lighting fixtures (e.g., path lights, spot/flood lights, deck/step lighting, string lights, lanterns, and tiki torches). Lights that are connected to motion sensors will also enhance the security of your home.

Sustainable Gardening

Imagine serving your family fresh fruits and vegetables sourced from your own backyard. A great way to do this is with edible landscaping. Edible landscaping is the perfect solution for small spaces as fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants can be planted in raised garden boxes as well as containers in varying shapes and sizes.

Professional Backyard Design Services

Elite Landscaping and Sprinkler Repair has the tools to make your backyard design beautiful throughout the year. We have the expertise to complete all the landscape and poolscape (we now offer pool remodeling!) projects on your to-do list. For more information about our services, or to request a free estimate, visit us online at or give us a call today at (602) 390-4645.

Landscaping Ideas for Small Backyards

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A backyard provides a great place for outdoor activities, entertaining, and relaxation. If you have a large, spacious backyard, the options are truly endless. However, if you live in a populated suburb or condominium in the city, your relaxation and entertaining space may be limited. Although, looks can be quite deceiving; don’t let your small backyard fool you into thinking you can’t enjoy it. In fact, all it takes is a little imagination, and some creative design planning to turn your small backyard into an oasis.

Here are six landscaping ideas for small backyards.

Lay Outdoor Pavers Diagonally

Laying pavers diagonally creates the illusion that the space is bigger than it looks. You can find outdoor pavers in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Material options include concrete, natural stone, and brick. Manufactured pavers are interlocking, which makes installing them without grout easy. What’s more? Pavers are virtually maintenance free, although regular sweeping, and resealing will help enhance their appearance and longevity.

Raised Garden Beds

When landscaping for small yards, nothing beats raised garden beds, also called garden boxes. These beds are great for growing small plots of plants, flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Since they are raised, they reduce weed growth, provide good drainage, prevent soil compaction, and reduce damage from outdoor pests. Raised garden beds can be built in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and materials to perfectly fit your small backyard.

Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardens are perfect for small backyard landscaping. If you have a bare fence or exterior wall, you can create several vertical gardens, thus saving ground space. You can create a privacy wall with a trellis, edible vegetables and herbs using old shipping crates, and/or grow your favorite annuals with some chicken wire and an old bookcase.

Cozy Fire Pits

Imagine sitting outside surrounded by your loved ones on a chilly winter’s night, gazing up at the stars, embraced by the warmth of a crackling fire. This picturesque evening can be yours with a fire pit, which is built low to the ground with no chimney, so it doesn’t require ventilation or a building permit. Popular building materials include concrete, stone, and brick. It can be installed on your patio, deck or yard.

Exterior Lighting

Exterior lighting is perhaps one of the easiest and most affordable options for outfitting a small backyard. It instantly adds visual interest to any size yard, providing a soft glow that creates a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. Available in a variety of halogen, LED and solar fixtures, exterior lighting allows you to highlight focal points in your landscaping. It also enhances home security and safety.

We want to hear from you! Can you think of any other landscaping ideas for small backyards?

Small Backyard Landscaping

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If your home is your castle, but the area right outside your backdoor looks something like a postage stamp in need of a landscaping miracle, you probably already know that you have a bit of work to do.

Your home’s small backyard was never meant to be abandoned and left barren.  In fact, it is an asset to your home – one that can even add thousands of dollars to your property’s value. {Source: Realestate.Com}

While conjuring up a landscaping miracle can sometimes be something of a challenge in a small backyard it is definitely worth the effort. And, although we are no magicians, we most certainly have a few tricks up our sleeves.

Landscaping Defined

First off, allow us to define what we mean by landscaping. Many homeowners’ are under the impression that grass and flowers are the only things they can add to their small backyard when in actuality there’s so much more to it.

Instead, think of your small backyard landscaping project as a horticulture environment that is enveloped by elements such as artificial lighting, fences, decks, fire-pits, built-in barbecues, natural rocks and other structures.

In order to conjure up a lasting, beautiful and valuable landscape in your small backyard it will take some planning and some patience as well as some resources.

Taking the time necessary to thoroughly plan and map out this precious space is sure to pay off in the long run. Just imagine sitting at your patio table, sipping on coffee or reading a book, while looking out at your beautiful new landscaping.

Things to Include

  • Functional and Decorative Lighting
  • Outdoor Seating Areas and Entertainment
  • Plenty of Shaded Areas
  • An Attractive Design

Start Today

Forget about how minuscule your backyard may be for a moment, and think about how lovely it will be to take the time to conjure up a great landscaping design that is sure to win your heart over.

If your budget presents limitations, you don’t have to invest all at once – you can stretch your small backyard landscaping over the course of months or even years. There’s no need to rush.

If you’d like more information on how our professional landscaping services can help transform your small backyard landscaping into something magical, please feel to contact Elite Landscaping and Sprinkler Repair at (602) 390-4645!