It’s your yard - yours to do with as you wish. And while that’s great, that doesn’t mean you have to be one of those people who spends every spare moment in their yard, sprucing it up.
Here are five totally doable projects that your budget will barely notice, but your neighbors definitely will:
1. Add Some (Tough) Edging
Tell your grass who’s boss with edging that can stand up to even the crabbiest of all crabgrasses.
But don’t make the mistake that many homeowners make of buying the flexible plastic stuff, thinking it will be easier to install. It’ll look cheap and amateurish from day one.
Instead buy the more rigid, tough stuff like fiberglass, aluminum, or steel.
2. Create a Focal Point with a Berm
A berm is a mound of gently sloping earth, often created to help with drainage. You can also build them to create “island beds,” a focal point of textures and colors. Plus, they’ll give you privacy and diffuse street noises.
For most yards, berms should max out at 2-feet high because of the space needed to properly build one. Be sure you have the room, or decrease the height of your berm.
3. Make a Flagstone Wall
Aim to build a wall no more than 12 inches tall, and it becomes a super simple DIY project — no mortar needed at all! Choose a stone of consistent thickness. Flagstone might be limestone, sandstone, shale — any rock that splits into slabs.
4. Install a path
There’s something romantic, charming, and simply welcoming about a meandering pathway to your front door or back garden — which means it has super-huge impact when it comes to your home’s curb appeal.
5. Build a tree surround
Installing a masonry surround for a tree looks great, and it means you’ve got less to mow. All it takes is digging a circular trench, adding some sand, and installing brick, cement blocks, or stone. Just go for whatever look you like best.
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