With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner, you’re likely to be spending more time out in your yard enjoying warm and sunny afternoons. That’s great, but with all that time spent outside you might start noticing some areas of improvement. Even worse, your neighbors might spot some trouble spots also! But improving your yard’s appearance doesn’t have to be a backbreaking venture. There are lots of great minor and frugal landscape fixes that can make a big difference to the look of your property. Here are some ideas to make your yard shine this summer.
Pruning, Trimming, and Pulling
For one of the cheapest ways to improve the look of your yard, just remember the acronym PTP: prune, trim and pull. All it takes is a little elbow grease to prune those shrubs, trim wayward limbs and pull any weeds. Even better, if you simply mix up a gallon of white vinegar, 1-2 cups of table salt and a squeeze of dish detergent you can make your own weed killer, saving money for other landscaping needs like some lawn rocks or mulch to spread around plants and shrubs.
Make Your Own Mulch
Speaking of mulch, a fresh layer over your shrubbery areas not only protects against extreme temperatures and slows water evaporation but also gives your yard a freshly kept appearance. And while you can always spend a few bucks at the local home improvement store for several bags, with your trusty bag-attached lawnmower and some downed leaves, branches, and grass clippings you can concoct your own mulch to spread over necessary areas. If you’re interested in DIY mulch, you can also purchase local recycled mulch from the Horry County Solid Waste Authority.
Plan for Year-Round Curb Appeal
Remember, you don’t just want your home and lawn to have a lush appearance during spring and summer. Your yard should be a paradise of flourishing flora 365 days a year! By planning and combining a variety of plants you will ensure that there are no lean times of year in your yard. Evergreen shrubs are a great choice and something that will bring beauty all year long. From there, you could combine rock roses (tolerant of drought and producing colorful blooms during spring and summer) with camellias and Japanese maples (bright color throughout the late fall and winter) for a vibrant yard the entire year.
As you can see, it doesn’t require a full crew of workers or a new line of credit to increase the attractiveness of your home’s yard. Your neighbors will appreciate the pride you take in your yard and you’ll find yourself enjoying the outdoors more regularly. So make a plan, grab your gardening gear and make your yard the most beautiful it’s ever been this summer!
Quick and Cost Effective Landscaping Tricks to Beautify Your Yard With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner, you’re likely to be