Take Pride in Your Lawn

Take Pride in Your Lawn
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    A huge milestone in life is purchasing a house.

    You spend months, possibly years, searching for the right house, getting approved for a home loan, and moving in.

    Even if it isn’t your dream home, you can make it so by doing home renovations.

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Bathroom renovations, appliance upgrades, and finishing basements are all common renovations that home owners undertake to increase the value of their homes, and turn their everyday homes into their dream homes.

Yard Renovations

One of the best renovations you can do to a home is the front and back yards. Because you spend all this time and energy on your home, you want it to look nice to any passers-by, or friends and family that come over. The front yard is the first thing they will see. Renovating the front yard and keeping up with yard work is a clear sign of pride in ownership. There is a lot that goes into doing this sort of work, though, and tons of equipment you may need.

If grass is a part of your dream yard, you will need a mower, no matter the size of the yard. Push mowers are great for small yards with lots of obstacles, like rock beds, to maneuver around. Riding mowers are awesome for large, open areas of grass. Also, you will need shovels, rakes, weed eaters, hoes, and tillers to keep a nice yard. All of these things will need a place to be stored, and, if your garage is only for your cars, leaving them outside is a terrible idea.

Sheds and Storage

There is one option that will solve this problem, and be an added selling point, should you ever find yourself wanting to sell your house. Building a storage shed is a smart move. Many home owners choose to construct steel buildings alongside the house or in the backyard. These can help save your equipment from rust, corrosion, and thieves. They’re sturdy, they look nice, and they are low-maintenance. Simply spraying them off with the hose every now and again will keep them looking good in your backyard. Plus, if you choose to build a really nice one, it can serve as more than just storage. They can be used as an extra garage, a carpentry area, or a nice location for poker night with your friends.

Backyard Specialties

Other sorts of lawn renovations to do are rock beds, ponds, hedges, and gardens. Any and all of these options can make the front of your house look amazing. All of these options can be applied to the backyard as well. If you have dogs, then you know that grass is optimal for them; but that doesn’t mean that a garden or rock bed is a bad idea. Many folks build rock bed walkways to things like gazebos and ponds, which looks great. Although not the easiest things to keep weeds out of, rock beds are generally low-cost and low-maintenance. If you don’t have pets, rocking the whole back yard could be a good way to go, if you add some nice greenery to it.

Ponds

Ponds, while they look great, are high-maintenance and expensive to install and maintain. Coy ponds are becoming increasingly popular in states where the temperature isn’t 10°F for most of the year. Small water features, like waterfalls, can be added to produce a soothing sound throughout the backyard; but they are rather expensive. Understand, though, that just because they are expensive doesn’t mean they will help your home value or selling appeal. Many folks don’t want to deal with the hassle of ponds, or the expenses that come with maintaining them.

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