Low investment, high impact landscaping ideas for your yard

After a very long, cold winter, summer is finally here and we all want to be outside and enjoy our outdoor area. Whether you are looking to sell your home or not, here are some affordable ideas to add to your attractiveness.

If your garden doesn’t have a focus, consider adding a berm. A berm is basically a mound of earth with sloping sides that can create privacy and dissipate street noise. For best results, you should keep your bench less than 60 m high and 2 m wide.

Popular planting options for berms are flowering bushes such as azaleas and rhodendrons, small evergreen plants, perennials such as lavender and periwinkle, and ornamental grasses. Also, make sure you use plenty of mulch to reduce weed growth and make the area more paver. The total cost will depend on the plants you choose, but is usually a few hundred dollars.

Install a path to your front door or your back yard. You can use flagstone, pea gravel, and crushed granite or patio blocks. You should make your path about three feet wide and try to make curves instead of a straight line to get more interest.

Grass should be dug up three to ten inches deep to properly pave the way and prevent the grass from growing back. The cost of this project is typically less than $ 500 depending on the material used and the length of the trail.

If you have some large trees in your yard, you can install a masonry tree border. To complete this project you will need to dig a circular trench around your tree or trees that are approximately 8 inches deep and 6 inches wide.

Add a layer of sand at the bottom of the trench and then choose your bricks or stones and then place them end-to-end or at an angle, depending on which look you like best. Finally, add a few inches of mulch to your surroundings to prevent weeds and grass from growing. This project is very inexpensive depending on the brick or stone chosen, but it can cost as little as $ 50.

Finally, you should consider adding plants to your garden that you can eat. There are many vegetables and herbs that have very attractive leaves and can also produce flowers. Plant a variety of edibles of different colors and textures for maximum visual appeal.

Plants like fennel are feathery in texture, Swiss chard and lettuce come in a variety of colors and textures, and eggplant and dill also produce attractive flowers. Leafy vegetables such as lettuce and kale look great as bedding plants, blueberry and raspberry plants can form beautiful hedges and cucumbers, zucchini and beans are ideal as climbing plants on the trellis.

Landscaping with edibles gives you beautiful plants and the bonus of free food! It also makes your landscaping a little different and a little more interesting than your neighbor’s petunias and begonias. Landscaping your yard for enhanced curb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive. Try some of these inexpensive and impactful ideas in your garden and enjoy instant gratification for the rest of the season!

Anne Sadler is the Executive Agent / Owner of Choice Realty in Freeport.

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