Yard work can be overwhelming sometimes. For many people, it’s one of the last household chores they want to tackle. Nonetheless, your yard is a reflection of you, and in some neighborhoods, there are guidelines that dictate how well kept your yard must be. If you’ve noticed that your yard isn’t keeping up with the others on your street, read on for some simple tips to help you achieve a yard makeover.

1. Get Healthy Grass

Unless you live in the high desert or are cultivating a grass-free property, you probably have grass in your yard. If extreme temperature or lack of maintenance has caused the grass to die off or become patchy, consider adding a reseeding session into your fall landscaping plans to encourage new, healthier growth. If you live in a cooler climate with warm or hot summers, opt for a cool-season variety like ryegrass or fescue. If your area stays warm for most of the year, choose a warm-season grass, such as Bermuda or zoysia. Selecting the right type of grass for your area of the country will lessen the amount of work required on your part to keep it healthy.

2. Use Symmetry

Creating symmetry in your yard—perhaps at the mailbox, on either side of your front walkway, or on the front porch—with shrubs, flowerbeds, and potted plants is one of the easiest ways to cultivate a space that is pleasing to the eye. Sure, impeccably designed yards with winding paths and intentionally messy planting beds are beautiful, but they take a great deal of time and effort to achieve and maintain. Stick to simple designs and color schemes, and you’ll be able to improve your property’s curb appeal in a weekend.

3. Plant Flowers and Colorful Shrubs

If you have existing planting beds in the yard or empty pots strewn around the garage, filling them with colorful plants and flowers is a quick way to punch up your yard’s appeal. Pay attention to whether you’re buying annuals or perennials, though, so that you’ll know what you’re getting into for the next season, and don’t forget to buy some extra potting soil. If the planting beds, in particular, have been empty for a while, your new plants will fare better if you mix in some fresh soil.

4. Add Some Artwork

Lawn care stores, home improvement stores, and even art galleries are excellent spots to look for creative, eye-catching pieces of art for your yard. Items such as bird baths, bird houses, bird feeders, sculptures, and fountains come in a variety of colors, materials, and styles, so look around and choose pieces that reflect your personal style and complement your home.

A complete outdoor overhaul isn’t necessary to add some style to your yard. In fact, similar to how replacing cabinet hardware can instantly update the look of a kitchen, playing with the small details of your yard can indeed take it from sham to glam. And remember that if you do decide to tackle some more involved yard projects in the future, you can always contact a local Best Pick landscaper to give you more landscape design ideas.

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Sources: Better Homes and Gardens; The San Francisco Gate; This Old House.

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