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How to Cheaply Upgrade Your Yard

Your yard is an integral part of your home’s curb appeal. It’s what forms buyers’ first impressions, so it’s very important to make it look nice.

  • Fertilize the lawn: This is an easy, cheap solution that you can do yourself to make your yard look better. Fertilizer can help your grass grow, become greener, and kills weeds. If you fertilize your yard early in the season, it’s more likely to be cheaper. Don’t forget to water it in the early mornings following the fertilization.
  • Planting new tree/s: This has many advantages. First, trees prevent soil erosion and clean the air. Second, they can add curb appeal to your house if they’re the right kind. They also add shade, which can save you money on cooling your home once it grows taller. Just be sure to check where power lines and other important underground things lie.
  • Stain your deck: The weather and outside conditions can all take a toll on your house. Staining your deck can not only fix its appearance, but prevent those conditions from making it worse in the future. Don’t forget to power-wash it beforehand, and then put on at least two coats of stain.
  • Add a fountain: Fountains can add curb appeal, and also a tranquil sound. There are a lot of options out there, ranging from the size of a bird bath and up.
  • Replacing your fence: this can impact your curb appeal a lot. The price is largely variable based on the material you’ll be using. If you want to save some money, you can tear down your old fence yourself, but it’s recommended you let a professional install the new one.
  • Create a garden path: There is a multitude of ways to do this, including stepping stones surrounded by fescue, or laying out quarter-inch crushed rock to form the pathway. If you do it right, your yard will look better than ever.
  • Re-designing your patio: If you have a plain concrete patio, you can layer masonry stain or slate tiles on top for a more polished look.
  • Add a trellis or pergola: These can look great, especially if there’s a flowering vine climbing up the sides.
  • Add boulders: Especially if your yard doesn’t have enough dimension and/or texture, add these to give it extra “oomph”.
  • Mulch: Adding this can block out weeds, give your plants needed nutrients, and tie the features in your yard together.
  • Add lighting: From solar-powered lights that line a pathway, to rope lights that attach to the interior-side of garden edgers, some light can create a nice ambiance at dusk and night.
  • Paint lawn furniture: Those benches that look dingy and “blah” can be brought back to life with a coat of paint.
  • Edging: There are many options available, including stones, bricks, and more. This can dignify and polish up your yard a lot.
  • Plant: Bright flowers, succulents, and more. Whatever you choose, it will look great, and brighten up your yard.

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