Though a big, sprawling yard with plenty of acreage and room to play, grow, and relax would be the dream, that’s not always the reality. Whether you’re in a townhome with a small yard or stuck with just the balcony of your apartment, you can still create a luscious outdoor space with these small yard and garden tips!
Don’t Overcrowd it
In your efforts to maximize your outdoor space, be sure that you don’t end up overcrowding things. Be sure to leave some open spaces, and only use as much furniture as you can reasonably fit – even if it’s just a bistro table with two chairs. In the end, a thoughtful space with just the right amount of greenery and furniture will be better than covering every possible surface.
If you don’t have a lot of outward space to work with, take advantage of the vertical space you have. Whether that’s growing things on your fence or adding a vertical garden to a patio wall, you’ll gain green and add a little privacy, too. Vining veggies/fruits like tomatoes, squash, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are great for vertical growing while there are a lot of vining plants like pothos, monster adansonii, and ivy that would love to spread upwards.
Hanging planters are a fantastic way to pack a lot of green into a small space, especially if you fill them with vining or trailing plants. Ferns, string of hearts, string of bananas, string of pearls, and pothos would all be fantastic choices. You can also use this method for the fruits and veggies mentioned above!
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Skip the Grass
If you have a small lawn space, you’ll be better off skipping the traditional lawn grass and opting for an alternative green cover instead. If you still want a pop of green, try clover, lilyturf, or moss. If green isn’t a priority, you have a lot of options like xeriscapes with lots of cacti and succulents (prickly pear grows particularly well in Alabama!), gravel, or mulch. Even if you use a grass alternative, at most you’ll simply need to trim things up with a weedwhacker once in a while.
How will you make the most of your outdoor space this summer?