By Brooke Chaplan
If a front yard is looking a bit more prosaic than a homeowner would like, there are some things that can be done, for not as much money as one would think, to liven it up. Show off your front yard to the entire neighborhood. Here are a few gardening ideas to think about.
Plant Some Stepping Stones
Well-placed stepping tones are attractive to any walkway, and can guide the eye toward the house, or a place in the garden or yard that the homeowner wants noticed. Flagstones can be bought at the garden center and should be at least one and a half inches thick and just about equal in size. Another option is to use concrete pavers. Though it’s admittedly a job of work, all that’s needed are the stepping stones, a couple of bags of rough sand, chalk for a chalk line, a garden trowel, a level, a shovel, and a garden hose or two for a trial layout.
Add An Arbor
An arbor is another bit of hardscaping that delineates the various rooms in a yard. It’s also attractive and is perfect for climbing vines. Some of them are wide enough to accommodate benches. As with the stepping stones, the homeowner can build one him or herself or can hire the services of a landscape artist.
See to the Trees
Sometimes all it takes to make a yard look fetching is to prune the trees. Pruning not only gives shape to the trees, but is good to encourage growth in a particular direction. It removes dead wood, and allows light and air to circulate. Trees that are diseased or dying should be taken down, especially if they threaten to topple over onto high wires, the homeowner’s house, or the neighbor’s property. The good thing about taking down a sick tree is that it can be replaced with another. A homeowner might choose a new tree for its fall foliage, fruit, its beautiful spring flowers, or all of these.
Light It Up
Landscape lighting is not only esthetically pleasing, but is also a safety feature. Low voltage lights in the yard can be installed in only a few hours. Sometimes all they need is to be planted in the ground and connected. If there’s no electrical outlet nearby, an electrician can be called in to install one. Many types of landscape lights direct their light downward, but others direct light up to cover a wider area and some can be adjusted to do both.
As seen here there are many ways to draw the eye to your outdoor garden and front door. Just take some active measures to find a ways to create interest at little cost to you. If you want a low-maintenance look, never forget the importance of adding color with a few flowers. In no time you will have the yard of the year.