Home Renovations: How to Make and Maintain the Beauty of Your Yard

Home Renovations: How to Make and Maintain the Beauty of Your Yard
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    Most single-family homes include some outdoor space. Whether you consider this a blessing or a curse will depend on how you feel about landscaping and lawn care.

    Hopefully, you are the type that wants their yard to look beautiful.


Here are a few ideas that can help you make and maintain the beauty of your yard.

Consider How the Space Will Be Used

A large family with children will use yard space much differently than a single person or a retired couple. Think about how you want the space to function. Will it be a play area, a space for outdoor entertaining or a quiet, restful reading and meditation space? Possibly the yard will be used for multiple purposes. Allot space for each purpose and then think about plants and other features.

Use Native Plants

A garden center will have detailed information about which plants are native to the area and how much sun and water they will require. Before the first purchase, discuss these questions with a professional who will be happy to provide useful information. They will be able to give you ideas of what will grow and look the best in your garden. By doing this, it could potentially save you time and keep you from wasting your money on plants that will not do well or complement the beauty of your yard.

Install a Fence

No matter how beautiful your space is, it will not remain so if the neighborhood pets have free access. Dogs have been known to dig up plants, chase cats up trees, and leave unwelcome ‘gifts’. This is also a security issue. If an unattended child wanders onto your property when you are not home, the liability issues can be horrendous. A good secure fence protects you and your neighbors (Source: Lynx Brand Fence Products (Alta) Ltd.).

Include a Water Feature

The sound of gently running, splashing water is pleasant and soothing. A backyard fountain or small waterfall adds beauty and serenity to a garden and provides a water source for birds and insects. The water can be recycled so there is no real reason not to include a water feature in your plans.

Plant for Color All Year Around

If you love flowers, a good plan will include flowering plants for at least three seasons of the year, and four in warmer climates. Carefully planned with the climate in mind, your yard will be in bloom with gorgeous color month after month.

Choose Outdoor Furnishings Carefully

Consider climate and care when choosing outdoor furniture. Wood furniture in damp, humid southern environments and metal furniture in sunny southwestern areas may not be the best choice. Upholstered chairs, while comfortable, may require too much maintenance.

A beautiful yard can make your home feel warm and welcoming. It will take time and a lot of work, but it will be worth it. The suggestions listed above are just a few to get you started to making your yard a welcoming extension to your living space. With thought, planning and attention to detail, any outdoor space can be easily created and maintained for years.



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