Although summer may technically be coming to an end soon, in Athens we can expect many more warm nights to come. Nothing beats evening barbecues, lazy pool afternoons, or picnics outside in the yard, when families tend to gravitate to the outdoor spaces. Fortunately, there are many ways to fine tune your outdoor living spaces and personalize them to really feel like your own. Sometimes you don’t need to spend a ton of money to upgrade your space and enjoy your backyard.
Add a new walkway or stonework- Both functional and beautiful, adding a walkway or updating an old one with fresh stones can add some natural color and a decorative element to your yard. A walkway can also create a cohesive element, connecting one part of the yard to the next.
Update your mulch- This one is an easy one, but a fresh layer of mulch around trees and bushes quickly and cheaply adds a professional look to your landscaping, without much work on your part. This is one of the simplest ways to give your yard some quality TLC, without feeling like you’re breaking the bank.
Add a firepit- In the fall, there is nothing better than a classic firepit, where you can roast marsh mellows or sip an evening drink with friends. These don’t have to be very expensive, and you will immediately see why they are such a steal. A firepit adds warmth, coziness, and a fun activity element to all get-togethers and parties. These come in any number of styles and price points, so you can be sure to find one to suit all of your needs.
Install new house numbers- New house numbers can immediately give an updated feel to your house, with a modern font or a simplistic style you can help people find your house better while making a small change with a big impact. Check Etsy or Amazon for different looks and sizes!
Paint the front door- This is less of landscaping tip and more of a home improvement tip, but you would be surprised about how big of a difference a fresh coat of paint makes on a front door. Whether it’s a new layer of a neutral shade, or you’re looking to brighten up your home with a blue or red, one can of paint can really help give that new and improved look.
Lighting- Outdoor lighting along your driveway or in your front and backyard will not only provide a practical element, but also add ambiance and a warm feel to your landscaping. Up lighting various elements like prominent trees, walkways, or pools can create a luxury look while accentuating the best parts of your outdoor space. Consider solar powered lights or energy saving LEDs to be environmentally conscious.
All in all, there are countless numbers of ways to give your landscape an update and increase your home’s curb appeal, without dishing out thousands for a new deck or water fixture. If it’s not time for a major overhaul, try these tips and tricks to up the ante of your outdoor space so you and your family can enjoy your home to its fullest potential.
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