10 Ways To Improve Your Yard

Monday, August 31, 2015
After a summer of plenty of sun and rain, our yard is a bit overgrown. It is definitely due for a bit of a makeover. Making small Improvements to your yard can be as simple and inexpensive or as complicated and expensive as you want.
Here are 10 simple ways to improve the condition and appearance of your yard:

1. Get Rid of Weeds
Weeds can instantly ruin the look of a yard. They are unsightly and grow out of control quickly, so it's best to keep on top of them throughout the summer. However, if you've neglected them, there are lots of products you can use to kill them, as well as pulling them out manually.

2. Plant New Flowers
Now is the perfect time to plant new flowers for the upcoming season. For fall, I love colorful mums and hearty kale. Ask a professional which flowers go well together and how much maintenance they need before making your final decision. There are even apps that can help you stay on top of everything if you’re a novice gardener! One of my favorite apps is "Garden Answers".

3. Add Ornamental Items
Ornamental items such as statues or bird baths can help to give a yard personality and bring it to life. You can make them as big or as small as you like, depending on the kind of theme you’re trying to achieve. Some of them can add an element of grandeur, while others are just a bit of fun.

4. Tidy Up
Remove broken ornaments, toys, and planters. If you have pathways, sweep them and trim the grass around the edges.

5. Add Seating
There is nothing more relaxing than sitting in a quiet yard reading a book or taking in the sights and sounds around you. Adding seating allows you to get a little social in your yard with friends. You could include a bench, a swing, a hammock, or a full outdoor living area. Make sure you consider how often you’ll have people over. If you have lots of garden parties, quality and ample seating is a must.

6. Attract Wildlife
Having wildlife in your garden can make it look better instantly. Add things like bird feeders and bird baths to attract birds, and keep your grass a little bit longer.

7. Let in More Sunlight
Letting more sunlight in your yard will ensure you are able to make the most of the sun when the weather is nice. Millersontreeservice.com suggests getting rid of any large trees to let in more light. However, having one or two trees in your yard isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Keep them trimmed to allow light to filter in to your yard.

8. Add a Water Fountain
A water fountain or waterfall can be a nice addition to your garden if you want to make it feel more peaceful. Make it as big or as small as you like, but make sure you can maintain it easily.

9. Make it More Private
If you want more privacy, plant trees, large bushes, or add a fence. Adding a fence is a quick and effective way to ensure privacy and stop nosey neighbors in their tracks!

10. Solar Lighting
Solar lighting has many benefits. If you want to have parties until late at night, they are an excellent source of light. I love to use them to illuminate pathways and to place around the deck or patio.

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