Landscaping & Gardening

Your home may lack the grandeur of Downton Abbey, but it’s still your castle to do with as you like. And that includes the grounds. Nothing boosts a home’s appeal like landscaping done right. Get started with great ideas for your yard right here.

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4 Front Yards That Went From Sad to                Stunning:

 Before the front yard hardscaping makeover

1. This Storybook House Has A Happy Ending

Storybook After

The front yard of Meryl Phillips’ 1920s storybook home read “really bland” — a flat, tired lawn and a few uninviting step stones to a plain concrete patio.

So the shelter blogger spent about $1,000 and installed strategic hardscaping to boost the curb appeal of her Oakland, Calif., home. The goal was to upgrade the front yard with landscaping that required only 15 minutes of maintenance each week, and almost no watering.

3. Front Yard Patio Invites Neighbors to Sip a Spell

Front Patio Before

Front Patio After

image: The Bicycle Garden

The hardscape upgrade was cheap and easy; it cost about $600 and took about four days.

In a nutshell, Tomlinson:

  • Dug out the lawn.
  • Covered the soil with landscaping fabric.
  • Added a sand base.
  • Laid flagstone on top.
  • Filled in spaces with crushed limestone — it has sharp edges that lock together and form a permeable barrier which lets in water and keeps out weeds.

Tomlinson also replaced her Bermuda grass lawn with drought-tolerant buffalo and blue grama grass. She planted airy flowerbeds mulched with limestone aggregate to make them look more like the surrounding Texas prairie and less like a suburban yard.

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Got a blah front yard? Here’s how a new hardscape can boost your property’s self-image.

1. This Storybook House Has A Happy Ending

The front yard of Meryl Phillips’ 1920s storybook home read “really bland” — a flat, tired lawn and a few uninviting step stones to a plain concrete pa

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/landscaping-gardening/hardscape-ideas-for-front-yards/#ixzz469MfWK9c
Follow us: @HouseLogic on Twitter | HouseLogic on Facebook

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