Backyard Makeover

If you just moved into a new home and feel blasé about the backyard, there are lots of updates you can do to make it wonderful. A true backyard makeover can cost a lot of time and money, but if you’re in it for the long haul, a few updates a year can ultimately give you exactly what you always wanted.

Replace backyard lawn with new seed, sod, or pea gravel

If your backyard lawn is so overtaken with weeds and crab grass that you wouldn’t even think to walk barefoot in it, it might be time to consider a complete overhaul. It is possible that the original grass planted was inappropriate for the regional soil type or that topsoil was neglected and builder-grade grass seed was simply spread on basic fill. Removing all of the grass and starting over with new topsoil, a soil analysis, and appropriate seed could make all the difference. Grass can be pulled up with a sod cutter that you can rent for less than $100 a day and do yourself, assuming your backyard is not too large. This could give you a clean slate to do a backyard makeover and end with lush, soft grass.

Install planter beds

When we moved into our townhouse, there were a few hedges in the front yard, but there was no visual interest whatsoever. We ended up removing the hedges, installing raised planter beds, and adding plants that were abundant with of color and texture. This went a long way toward framing the front of our house, and you could do the same thing for your backyard makeover. Planter beds look beautiful along a fence, flanking a stairway to a deck, or even in large urns next to your backyard door.

Install a pool

Putting in a beautiful in ground pool is often considered the ultimate backyard makeover. A gorgeous pool, complete with a Jacuzzi, waterfall pool, infinity edge, or any other posh feature could turn your yard from just all right to the hub of the neighborhood. If you are interested in installing a pool, consider talking to landscapers at the end of the season to see if you could get a discount. Also make sure to take the safety precautions of surrounding the pool with a gate and laying slip-proof concrete or paver walkways along the pool’s perimeter.

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