As many of us know, making a nice and inviting home is no easy task. Once it’s finally achieved, it can all go down the drain if your front yard doesn’t match or isn’t up to the challenge. Making the first impression is very important and, you only get one chance for it so, your front lawn plays a vital role in it. It can be a canvas for you to display your artistic side or a clear and tidy showcase of your pedantic obsession.
Whatever the case may be, options for decorating are numbering in thousands so, there is no shortage of ideas there. All that remains is to make that first step that will get you started with refreshing and giving your front yard the long-deserved overhaul. Change is good and as there is no time like today, let’s get started.
1. Plant all the things
Trees, bushes, foliage, flowers, grass, anything goes and will make the space more attractive. Reconnecting with nature and surrounding yourself with natural elements is always a good idea.
- If you already have a lawn, look to refresh the patches that are maybe lacking behind, trim the edges next to the street and de-weed it. Simple and little things can make all the difference and provide it with a brand-new shine.
- The best time for tree planting was yesterday, but you can always buy a bit of pre-grown ones. As they provide shade and decor, the area around them is also useful. Imagine circles of flowers and bushes around the area of your tree trunk. And now imagine it around all of the trees that are in front of your home.
- Speaking of flowers, they can be a fine touch just about anywhere. If you have a walkway, they can decorate the sides. Nice, fragrant welcome for any arriving guest. Or you can use them around your home and near foundations. Now, not only do they complement your facade they are also a welcome sight whenever you open the window. Or you can plant them as little flower beds and sprinkle them around your front yard.
2. Fences and privacy
Not everyone wants the world to peak in their yard, which is understandable. Or you would prefer a simple and non-intrusive fence. Whatever the case may be, from no fence solutions to a wall, your yard can incorporate your decision. Tall walls can offer much needed and sought privacy. Build from many different materials that you can choose from; their design can mimic your taste. Also, they can double down as a support for potted plants or be used as a growing surface for crawling plants.
In their base, you can also plant bushes and plants. These then add a bit of colour and foliage. Smaller fences offer that unneighborly look while also drawing a line between your yard and the street. If you already have one, consider refreshing it with a fresh coat of paint. Every once in a while, we all need a boost or a fresh look.
3. Incorporate a bit of art
While your front yard can be an art form for your artistic expression, the sum is composed of the details. Stone fountains that emit those relaxing sounds of running water can be the breath of serenity, sourly needed. Or, just various sculptures, like the classic garden gnomes, are timeless classics. Sculptures can be simple, or complicated as you wish and placed wherever you desire.
A simple mailbox can be turned into something creative and decorated with flowers beneath. Fountains can double down as bird feeders and, you can enjoy mother nature’s delightful chirps in your very own front yard. A bit of out of the box thinking can even involve setting up a garden display with various sculptures that can be placed in new ways anytime you have a new idea for a show.
4. Professional tools and help
Having the right tools for any of this and what’s to come is of course, paramount. Getting started on any project, only to find your equipment lacking, can put a halt to the best of ideas. After all, any design you want to bring to life requires a bit of elbow grease and sweat, but you can find professional garden accessories in companies like Hoselink. Ther tools will make that task much easier.
Or, you can opt for a professional service, as those are numerous. Landscaping and garden design companies are abundant, and their portfolios are brimming with potential. As with the elements of your yard, you have to pick and choose which one suits you best. While this is a more costly solution, it does save a bit of time and energy.
5. Rocks and mulch
View these options as borders and fine-tune your yard. Sprinkled besides a sidewalk or beneath plants, they offer a much cleaner and lean view. As they clearly define certain borders section of your yard, you can also use them to define an area beneath your plants, for example.
Mulch and mulching do more than just aesthetics as they provide the ground with nutrients and help the plants grow, and, all the while preventing those pesky weeds from rearing their ugly heads. As these also come in many colours, you can mix and match them accordingly with the plants or walkways that they are adjacent to for a better effect.
6. Lights up
Modern yards use a bit of technology to their advantage. LED strips of lightning is an affordable and reliable solution as you can easily connect and use them. Or you can opt for even more greener options such as solar-powered lights. As mentioned, rocks are used on borders of various plant beds, and beside walkways. With that in mind, so too can lightning stripes be used in such a similar fashion. Lighting up and emphasizing areas where they are placed and giving them a new glow. Lights can be of any colour imaginable and, there is no shortage of ideas on how you can incorporate and use them in your projects. And, it is a unique and unorthodox practice so, your yard can easily stand out.
7. Uniqueness makes your yard stand out
All of the elements above can be considered plane or expected. But there are always those homeowners who think outside the box. Decorating or designing the front yard is not something you have to do by the numbers. Rocking chairs and a nice table with a couple of chairs is expected and usual. But, a hanging, egg-shaped chair is something that is still considered unique and outstanding. Also, they offer a great amount of comfort as you are snuggling up inside.
Lights can be useful for a step further than mentioned as they can light up your home and yard or change lights periodically. If you are in a festive mood, you don’t need to wait for Christmas or other festivities but, you can use them all year round. In that way, your yard will have a fresh look every once in a while. Or you can build/install pergolas, pavilions, gazebos and other garden elements that are not typically found in a yard, to everyone’s surprise. A front yard, that is inviting can be excellent for social and outgoing homeowners. There are always bold homeowners that want to share their yard with everyone else.
On the other side of things lies minimalism. Decluttering and keeping things tidy and clean can lead to an emphasis on other elements. Or you like to show off a perfectly green yard. Removing anything you find unnecessary is the first step, of course, but having a plan on what you want to focus on or emphasize is the true starting point. As you remove elements you are also lightening your load as there are fewer things to take care of. As the picture gets cleaners, minimalism maximizes the things you find most important.
9. Value of a fresh coat of paint
It may sound silly but, a single bucket of paint can do wonders for any element in your yard. From your trusty old fence or your front porch, surely there are those elements that could use a facelift. A new coat of paint over the chipped and weathered part can also save your property. Fresh and modern paints offer protection from how the elements affect your property and reduce wear and tear. Or you can use a new colour palette and create a whole new outlook of the place. A bit of elbow grease on a nice shiny day is a much-needed exercise with a positive outcome.
10. Arching entrance
With all this talk of what is around or in your yard, it’s easy to forget the first element of it. Your front yard entrance door is the first thing that any quest makes contact with. Making an arching above and around the entrance or an arbour can make your front yard stand out. Also, this new addition can be used as a foundation on which your plants can grow.
As they do, they will decorate the whole area above the entrance and provide future guests with a refreshing insight as they step into your yard. Something that is not seen a lot can be your unique calling card and signature as you can use plants with a lot of colours and smells or something simple, subtle and green.
Doing any workaround or related to your property can only add value to the overall project. Simple or much-needed changes here and there are all that’s needed to make your yard and home shine in bright new light. We all like to see new and interesting things, and having them in our very own backyard is only an added benefit. As changes are being made, winds of change may sweep you onwards, and innovation may spread to other projects and things that you have on a to-do list.
After all, is said and done, all that remains is to slouch back, relax and enjoy your new and improved view. Any change you make is a welcomed one when compared to no changes and stagnation. So, we wish you all the best in your future yard renovations and, send us the pictures of the completed project!