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4 Tips for Decorating Your Front Yard on a Budget

As a responsible homeowner, you strive to keep your home in good repair and your grounds looking neat and attractive. But a little extra attention can help to make your property look inviting and well maintained. Here are 4 tips for decorating your yard that can be done inexpensively, but still provide a big impact for the look of your home.

Freshen Up Your Landscape Plants

If your home was built many years ago, you may still have landscape plants that are now looking a bit tired and dated. Foundation plants may be in an older style. Shrubbery may evoke an earlier age and may be hard to maintain. A few new plantings can help your property to look updated. Plant flower beds in curved beds, rather than straight ones. Choose shrubs that keep a tidy shape. Adding a new, ornamental tree can give your home a fresher look and can add attractive blooms during seasons of the year.

Trim Back Older Trees

Mature trees add to the value of your property and provide shade that can help save money on energy. However, over the years, older trees may experience damage from storms and wind and problems with pests or disease that affect their shape and appearance. You can invest in some trimming equipment to remove damaged limbs and re-shape your tree. If you don’t feel handy enough to do it yourself, you can find a reputable tree contractor to improve the appearance of the trees on your property.

Look For Bargain Lawn Decorations

Sometimes, you can find the perfect lawn decoration at a bargain price, if you look for it. Your local resale shop may offer a number of ornaments or furnishings that can be re-purposed as a lawn decoration. Avoid getting too fussy or quirky, which can undo the tone you’re trying to create.

Add Some Hardscapes

Hardscapes are landscape details that are made of concrete, stone or other solid materials that add both function and detail to your front yard. A hardscape design can be made inexpensively of gravel, pebbles or rock. You can create a flagstone path to cover heavily traveled areas of your lawn. You can fashion planting beds with brick or stone. Your creativity is the only limit on how you can highlight the unique features of your property with hardscapes.

 

Any property can benefit from a few special touches that enhance its appearance. Today’s landscaping materials make it easy to bring beauty and structure to your front yard and entryway. Try standing across the street from your home and apply your imagination. You will begin to see how a few touches can improve the appearance, without the need for a big expense.

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Author Bio:  Anica Oaks is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.

 

 

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