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Moving Earth and Stone—How to Renovate Your Yard

Some people have a wonderfully manicured and well-kept yard they take great pride in. They spend hours each week working in it and spend even more time enjoying it with their family and friends. For other homeowners, their yard is an absolute disaster no one wants to spend time in or even look at. In fact, it may be such a disaster that minor adjustments are unlikely to make it more attractive or functional. To fix such a yard, you’ll need a more substantial overhaul. You’ll need to perform a yard renovation.


Dig Up the Earth

In certain cases, a lawn is past saving. The top layers of soil have been so devastated overtime that they will never grow what appears to be a normal healthy lawn. You may have tried planting grass seed for years, but still ugly weeds come up in large clumps with very few complete patches of grass. At this point, it may be a good idea to remove the top layers of soil completely so you can lay new sod. Try to find an earthmoving equipment hire to do the job.

Choose the Right Grass

Installing new sod gives you the opportunity to completely change the grass you have in your yard, something that would have been nearly impossible before your yard renovation. However, what kind of grass should you choose? There are many factors to consider. Do you live in the north, the south or a transition area between both? Do you want your yard to have more shade or less shade? How much rain do you get each year? These are all important considerations. Not every yard will thrive with certain varieties or grass. Do your research.

Plant New Trees, Shrubbery, Flower Beds and More

Yard renovation is also the time to transform your yard in regards to all the other kinds of vegetation you can add to your yard in addition to new grass. If you want to plant new tress, decide exactly where to plant them what would be the best choice in regards to aesthetic and compatibility with your soil and climate. If you want to create hedges or topiaries, begin planting them now. Overall, it may be best to create a blueprint for exactly where new trees, shrubs, flowers, bushes and more will grow. Get as detailed as possible.

Install Other Elements

Lastly, you need to think about other things apart from plant life you would like to install in your new yard. Do you want a walk-way? Do you want to install new porch? Do you want to re-do your driveway? Do you want to install a fire-pit or a pool? Consider all these options during your yard overhaul.

People take a lot of pride in their yards. If your yard looks horrendous, it can certainly be a hit on your self-esteem as a homeowner. Thankfully, a yard renovation can absolutely transform how people look at your home. Your yard can go from being an eyesore to having serious curb appeal.


Author Bio:  Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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