Backyard Makeover: From Overgrown to Fantastic!

We have all been there, taking a walk outdoors only to find lots of weeds or a very dull looking space. Taking the time for your outdoor is space is very important. Not only will you enjoy the space, but your guests will rave about it, and your neighbors will thank you for doing your part to keep the neighborhood looking nice! It’s time for a Backyard Makeover.
 
While tackling an overgrown backyard or empty space may seem like a large task, there are a few simple steps you can take to make the makeover a little bit easier. If your yard is overgrown, first start by tackling the weeds and plants and flowers that are no longer alive. If it seems to be too much for you to do on your own, invite your friends over! Have a working BBQ, everyone loves some hamburgers and hotdogs! Using gardening tools to dig up weeds often makes the job a little bit easier. If you don’t have gardening tools, ask a neighbor or family member to borrow some. This will help you know which tools you actually found effective and you can go purchase yourself, instead of buying everything in the store when you’re uncertain what you may or may not need.
 
After you have taken the time to remove some of the unsightly weeds and debris, take the time to mow if you have grass. A lawn often looks 100% better if it just have a good cut. We know weed-whacking around the edges of the lawn is a pain, but it’s important. This is one of the biggest points many people miss. Edging an outdoor space makes it look clean and well taken care of.
 
Undertaking an un-kept lawn should be done over the course of days, or several weekends. Trying to tackle too much will lead you to become overwhelmed and may make you wish you had never started in the first place. Once you have the lawn in good shape it is time to reward yourself! A few strategically placed garden decor elements take a lawn from well manicured to incredible.
 
If you have the space and an electrical hookup, an outdoor fountain is the perfect choice as a focal point. A fountain is a show stopping piece that is not only artistic, but also provides a soothing element. If you are uncertain about the commitment to a fountain, consider a garden bench. Benches are wonderful outdoor design element because they serve two purposes. They give you seating in a space you may not been able to completely enjoy in the past. Plus they provide a decorative element. Consider a eye catching piece like the Owl Bench. Your neighbors will all be wondering where you find such a special piece!
 
Spending time and money on your outdoor space is one of the most important things for a homeowner. Not only will you be sure to keep yourself in the good graces of your neighbors, but each day you pull up to your home, you will take a moment to smile at the beauty you have cultivated.
 
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team