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How to Spruce Up your Backyard on a Budget

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Your backyard is more than just a decorative element. Aside from significantly affecting your home’s value, it’s an extension of your living space. And when you’re in Colorado, comfortable outdoor living spaces are essential. Here are a couple of ways you can turn your backyard into the envy of your neighborhood.

  • 1. Add stepping stones.

    Protect your lawn from unsightly footsteps by adding stepping stones to create a pathway in your backyard. Stepping stones are a stylish addition, so pick the type or color of stone that works best with the overall look of your backyard.

    Before you add stepping stones, take a piece of paper and draw a layout of the backyard. This plan will also be helpful further in the backyard makeover, as it will give you a better picture of what to place in which spot.

  1. Add a water feature.

    Turn your Colorado backyard into a Zen garden by adding a simple water feature. This can be the focal point of your backyard, or an interesting feature in a strategic location.

    Your backyard’s water feature can easily be a simple bird bath or small fountain, which you can easily get in any hardware store for a reasonable price. If you’re not too averse to spending money, however, a fish pond as your backyard’s water feature is a great addition. Before you introduce fish into the pond, check with local experts to see if they can do well in Colorado weather.

  2. For a manicured look, edge the lawn.

    Manicured lawns look clean and immaculate. One way to achieve that look is to edge your uneven lawns. Edging is a time-consuming process, so make sure to dedicate a whole day or a weekend or two, depending on the scale of the project and the size of your background. It will be tiring, but the end result will be absolutely work it. You can also just hire a professional gardener to do it for you for a reasonable fee.

    For more information on lawn edging, check out this handy guide by LoveTheGarden.com.

  3. Add blooms.

    To truly liven up your backyard, adding flowering plants is a must. You can easily purchase the seeds (or the plant itself– just de-pot it) from any local gardening store. When picking flower plants to add to your garden, take note of their type and go for a variety. Aside from annual plants, add some perennials that bloom in different seasons.

    Some of the flowering plants you can add to your backyard include the purple coneflower, the Rocky Mountain Columbine (Colorado’s state flower), verbenas, petunias, and zinnias. To learn more, click here.

  4. Regularly prune your backyard plants.

    As a responsible backyard owner, make it a habit to prune your backyard plants on a regular basis. You won’t spend a dime, especially if you already have the tools you need (which are inexpensive and accessible, to begin with).

    Regular pruning will help keep your plants healthy, so this maintenance is integral to the upkeep of your backyard. You can learn more about pruning your plants here.