From time to time, your landscaping may need a little change up. I am going to take you step by step through a change that I am making in one front yard, including all of the tools necessary and the costs (based on Spring 2012 prices) associated with these changes.
Here is the yard before we did any work. It has an overgrown Leyland cypress in the front which is very large and appears to be healthy. It has a small patch of grass, that appears to be struggling due to shade from the cypress and from root incursion. The grass also seems to have an inundation of crab grass. There is one flourishing shrub, one that is missing entirely, and one that is obviously struggling. The rock on both sides has an incursion of weeds and seems to be only a slight covering, exposing some weed fabric in places. The walkway up to the house doesn’t seem very inviting in the daytime and as you can see from the pictures, it is even less so at night. On the garage side, there are some pavers, although they seem somewhat haphazardly placed, more spots are missing rocks and some chain link fencing is cluttering up this side yard. Judging from the amount of pigeon droppings under the window, this house also appears to have a challenge regarding the pigeons. All in all, not totally unkempt but entirely lacking in character or curb appeal.
But all of that can be fixed! The first thing that should be done is to make a plan. Walk around landscaping stores and home improvement stores. Think about what you like and take pictures of the different items that you decide you might like to incorporate into your design. Make note of prices so that you can build a budget before you get started. If this is your first project, understand that you will probably run short of some things, so leave yourself some room in your budget. How much do you want to spend to improve the curb appeal? Really give it some thought and plan it out before you start on the work. It can really help your project run more smoothly and keep you on track if you don’t have the time or funds to do the project all at once.