Landscaping: An Art and a Science

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Landscaping: An Art and a Science

People often ask if certain disciplines and industries are an art or a science. And often, the answer is "both." This is definitely true of landscaping. There is a real art to choosing plants and other elements that coordinate with one another and create the look that a homeowner hopes to create. There is also a science to choosing plants that are suited to the area's climate and to the unique soil conditions in a homeowner's yard. We enjoy both the art and the science aspects of landscaping, and we wish to share both aspects on this blog, which is curated for readers like you.

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Features To Add To A Small Patio Area

If you have a small backyard and you are interested in having a patio incorporated into this space, you likely wonder if you can add the features you desire when you are limited on square footage. There are many options available to help enhance a patio area so it includes amenities to help you enjoy the great outdoors. Here are some ideas to consider when you have a small patio installed in your yard.

Make Sure To Add Room For Storage

When you spend time on a patio resting, eating, or playing, there are always items you want to have within reach. Instead of needing to run inside your home to grab items because you do not have space to keep them in the patio area, add storage spots in lesser-used portions of the allotted patio space. This can be as simple as a decorative container with a lid in a corner of the patio to tuck items inside, or as elaborate as a table with included drawers in the bottom portion. 

Consider Ditching Traditional Furnishings

Many people use their patios as places for sitting down and enjoying their surroundings. Chairs and tables take up a substantial amount of room and can easily cause a patio to feel overcrowded if space is limited. Instead of placing a furniture set on your patio, opt for built-in benches and raised platforms to hold dinnerware or entertainment items. This allows for the central area of your patio to remain completely free, giving you ample space for walking around and enjoying the scenery beyond. Hire a designer to draw up plans for you to look over so the perimeter of your new patio becomes your new favorite seating area.

Forgo Barriers To Make Space Feel Larger

Instead of fencing in a patio or using foliage to create a barrier around it, opt to have the area completely open. You still have a slab of cement, stone, or wood available to put your furnishings on, but do not have the confines in place that make space feel restrictive. An open patio gives the feeling of a resting spot within a larger amount of property. Work at landscaping the rest of your property so you have ample viewing pleasure as you gaze over the land beyond the patio area. The patio will still be your favorite location for meeting friends or family members when you need some downtime to relax or converse.