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Landscaping: Getting the Most for Your Money

by Karen Lawson, All About Lawns Columnist

Your home's landscaping is traditionally important, whether your plans with the residence are short- or long-term. Homeowners choose to update or improve their landscaping for a variety of reasons, from improving curb appeal to sell the home or for their own personal enjoyment.

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  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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However, in today's economy, making landscaping upgrades may be difficult when many homeowners are pinching pennies. Here are some easy and inexpensive suggestions for adding a touch of beauty to your home's landscape.

  • Feed your lawn. Fertilizing your lawn can keep it green and healthy, as well as repel pests and diseases. Some fertilizer products also contain weed repellents, which are beneficial during spring and summer.
  • Establish clear borders between lawn and garden areas. Edging can provide a sharp delineation between lawn and garden. You can also enhance garden borders by using ornamental rocks, bricks, or pavers to create raised garden beds.
  • Incorporate native plants into your landscaping. Whenever possible, use native plants and/or plants that thrive in your climate. Native plants often last longer than exotic plants, while requiring less care.
  • Use color and texture for visual interest. Colorful flower gardens and multiple colors, shapes and textures of foliage draw the eye to specific areas. Use groupings of colorful plants at your entry or to accentuate architectural features.
  • Choose environmentally friendly plants. If you live in the desert or other areas where water is in short supply, xeriscaping can help you save money by using drought tolerant plants.

Updating your home's landscaping needn't be difficult or expensive. By following these easy-to-add elements, you can increase the appeal of your home's exterior without breaking the bank.


About the Author
Karen Lawson is a freelance writer with an avid interest in gardening and horticulture. She earned BA and MA degrees in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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