Small yards are often overlooked, but if you think it outright, even a small yard can be a great space you want to spend time in.

Here’s how:

Fake it.

A natural grass lawn has long been seen as the ideal for homeowners looking to create a beautiful garden, but real grass is expensive and time-consuming to manage. You’ll need a lawnmower, a watering system, an edger, and all sorts of other stuff just to keep it neat – plus the time and motivation to maintain it.

If you have a small yard, this might be a difficult commitment to justify, but if you love the look, a small patch of artificial grass might be a good solution. It’s low maintenance and still gives you that patch of lush green that’s so appealing.

Plan it out.

Some people prefer to put their backyard together piece by piece to create a unique landscape. Some prefer to have a detailed plan drawn out before doing anything. If you have a smaller yard, having a plan is absolutely essential. You can’t afford to get it wrong. When you step out into your yard, you’ll be able to see the entire space right away so if something is out of place, it will be immediately obvious.

Draw it all out, and make sure it will be both visually pleasing and functional before you begin planting a garden.

Put things in pots.

Container gardens are a great idea for smaller backyards. If you want to grow vegetables, but don’t have space for a vegetable garden or raised bed, add a container garden to grow whatever your heart desires in just a few feet of space. You can also build a vertical garden on a fence or wall if you really want to make the most of the area.

Add hints of color to the containers to add even more to your yard space, or group containers together to create dividing lines or sections.

Add visual interest.

Even small yards can be beautifully landscaped to make the most of the space. Adding accents of color and texture can make all the difference – a bright cushion on a patio chair or colorful flowers. You can also add texture with foliage, gravel, or woodchip. Create an inviting space, and you’ll completely forget how small your yard really is!

You can also try adding a patio cover for a visual interest that doesn’t take up any additional space. Try

Clear the clutter.

Even in big yards, clutter can ruin the overall look. But then, it’s even more important to be free of clutter if your yard is on the smaller side. Think of it this way – do you want to be stepping over kids’ toys and dog chews to find a space to relax? We don’t think so. Your friends and family won’t either. Add a toy box or basket to the patio area, and make sure everything that should be in the shed is there – if you have one, of course.