By Duane O'Hara - March 31, 2017

We talk to many clients who say they have not started improvements to their landscaping because the prospect is overwhelming to them. Many people believe they need to spend 30 or 40 thousand dollars on a project to be worth while. It is true that larger projects do start to add up. But you do not have to spend Jr’s college fund to start some small landscaping enhancements. Just make a list of some small things you think would make your property look better and possibly increase the value as well.
To help you come up with some ideas that are both affordable and difference makers, I will throw out some tips. Start with one small corner section of your backyard. Perhaps just a few pavers, some decorative river rock, and a big planter filled with various colorful flowers is a good way to start. Those items will not break the bank and will help you gain momentum toward your next tiny project.
A fire pit is not out of reach for do-it- yourselfers and not a financial burden even if the work is hired out. Add some gravel or mulch to surround the pit and grab some nice looking lawn chairs. That little slice of heaven can be created in about one day if you do not get too complicated. If you are doing it yourself, just plan it properly so you do not have to fix something in the end.
A water pond may seem like a daunting project, but it does not have to be that way. A small pond will not be too expensive for most homeowners to invest in and the pond does not have to eat up too much space. If you choose to do a water feature on your own, you can go super minimalist and get it done in a few hours. Just watch a couple of how to videos online and drop by your home improvement store to grab a few items and you are set.
Those are just a few ways to get going on your landscape. Use your imagination and you will have more projects than you can shake a shovel at before long. Lots of small landscaping improvements add up to an overall better landscape. That is a much better plan than waiting years on that big overhaul
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