Tips to Conquer Your Small Deck Blues

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Has your small deck or limited backyard area got you feeling down? You aren’t alone! Even the most imaginative and resourceful of gardeners have difficulty envisioning how to transform their teeny tiny living spaces into a green sanctuary. Happily, there is an abundance of tips and tricks that can be utilized to help transform your small urban garden into something truly special.

Even Better Homes and Gardens knows that many of their readers don’t have expansive properties like many featured in the publication’s spreads showcasing massive gardens. Although the magazine can’t provide you with more physical space, it can offer some helpful insight regarding how to best utilize your deck or challenging outdoor area.

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Creating vertical gardens can be a great way to combat a small space!
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Here are some highlights from their list of small deck design ideas:

1. Evaluate your needs. According to BHG, “Your lifestyle can and should play a huge part in any small-deck design ideas.” If you love to entertain, outdoor seating should be a priority when designing; if you prefer alone time, a space that caters to your privacy and relaxation will look completely different.

2. Offer storage. Better Homes and Gardens insists that “Just because your deck is small, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t work hard.” Seating or shelves with hidden built-in storage work particularly well, and if you’re lucky enough to have an elevated deck, utilizing the space underneath for gardening tools or storage is also a great thing to do!

3. Include plantings. Creating a lush feel within your contained outdoor space or deck is crucial to developing an ambiance. Planting or keeping potted trees or large shrubs allows for both shade and privacy. Planted flowers can help tie the look of your deck together, highlighting certain parts and punctuating the space with pops of color. Keep in mind that many outdoor plants are also wonderfully low-maintenance. Creating a wall of succulents, or choosing sturdy plants might be the best way to transform your small space.

Remember, when you take on a challenge like improving a small space at home, the best way to come out on top is to get creative, stay true to your vision, and have fun!


About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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3 Responses to Tips to Conquer Your Small Deck Blues

  1. Robbie says:

    great ideas! I do get annoyed with all the garden magazines that show people with acreage as their space to live, work and play.Many of us do not have those large spaces and struggle with trying to fit plants, food and people in our small urban yards:-)

  2. j3dley says:

    The vertical garden is like an amazing living piece of art! Thanks for sharing, what a great read.

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