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As summer approaches, homeowners across the country are dreaming of warm afternoons and evenings spent outside. For those without ample land, turning your backyard into an outdoor oasis is just several simple steps away. If you’re planning on landscaping this spring and summer, keep the following tips in mind, provided by Todd Hetherington, CEO of Century 21 New Millennium.

Keep it to scale

Back yard large deck with red umbrella and chairs.If your space is small, the different areas of your yard—say, your patio and garden—will need to be moderate in size as well. “An average size deck in a below average size yard will make the deck seem huge, and the yard space minimal,” explains Hetherington. Keep your deck or patio quaint and cut your garden back to the essentials.


Minimize – If you try and cram in too many pieces of furniture or kids’ toys, your yard will look cluttered and even more cramped. In order to maximize your space, you will need to minimize things like lawn furniture and yard accessories. Pick simple, streamlined pieces and try to look for moveable accents, suggests Hetherington, like a lawn table or grill with wheels you can pull out from the garage when it’s barbecue time.

Tidy up – An overgrown lawn and garden will make your yard space look even more condensed. “The great thing about less yard is it takes less maintenance, so keep up with mowing, pruning and weeding,” says Hetherington.

Plant up – If you have a fence or trellis, plant things that will grow vertically, whether it be flowering vines, tomatoes or peas. Additionally, consider hanging plants or stackable garden planters to streamline what little garden grove you have available.

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About CENTURY 21® New Millennium CENTURY 21 New Millennium,, is a full service real estate brokerage company specializing in residential and luxury properties. In addition to the Capitol Hill location in Washington, D.C., the Virginia locations are in Alexandria, Centreville, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Gainesville, Loudoun, McLean, Stafford, and Woodbridge. The Maryland offices are located in Annapolis, Columbia, La Plata, Lexington Park, Lusby, Prince Frederick and Waldorf. Its core services include: mortgage financing, investing, settlement, property management, property insurance, global relocation assistance, and commercial real estate. 

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