A healthy, attractive yard adds value to your property by providing additional area for leisure and entertainment. It also increases your curb appeal. Like remodeling a house, you may decide to redo your lawn to change the way it looks or to expand the usable areas. However, this can be a massive project, and if you don’t have a plan, you may burn out before you’re done. Here are helpful steps to follow when you’re completely redoing your yard.
Develop a Plan
As you would do for any renovation, create a plan for reorganizing your yard. It may help to break your yard down into sections and mapping out the changes you want to make. List the type of plants you want to add or remove, the types of landscaping you want to do, and the tools and materials you’ll need. Having a vision for your new yard area will help you follow a plan of logical steps that will result in the yard that you want and need. It can also help you stick to your budget.
Clean Up the Yard
Do a thorough cleaning of the yard areas. Rake up the dead leaves, remove fallen tree limbs, pick up the kids’ or dog’s toys, and put away tools or equipment. Seeing the bare lawn will give you a painter’s canvas to work with in arranging your yard in its new configuration.
Remove the Debris
Bag up all the debris and prepare it for disposal. Look into getting dumpster rentals for a few days to a week, depending on how much rubbish you can collect from the yard. Broken lawn furniture, large rocks, broken roof tiles, and other debris should be cleared from the area so that you can work on it easily. Keep the rental dumpster for a few days in case you find other things, like bags of lawn trimmings in the shed or old garden decorations in the garage.
Replant Essential Areas
Refer to your new landscape plan to decide where you need to plant grass seed. Plant your new flower garden or update one that is already there. Trim trees or shrubs to keep them healthy and neat. Look for places that require weed control and treat them with an eco-safe product. Check around the lawn for signs of infiltration from pests like rabbits, mice, or insects. Remove nests or gathering areas, such as decaying produce from your former vegetable patch, to avoid attracting unwanted wildlife and bugs.
Add New Decor
When all the greenery has been planted, install the yard decorations you plan to use. Sidewalk ground lights, fencing, garden statues, and a yard bench are popular options. Avoid overcrowding your yard. Settle for well-placed accent points of interest and color that work with your home’s design and style.
A beautiful lawn provides opportunities for respite and fun. Make the most of your yard space with a thorough cleaning, replanting, and decorating to enjoy as a family or for celebrations.