Easy DIY: Do Some Quick Landscaping
Brighten up your front yard by simply planting a few colorful annuals, and then laying down a three-inch layer of mulch to keep weeds at bay and water in the soil. For added flair, you can also add decorative edging using bricks, stones, metal, or plastic. An edging option like this will only set you back about $20.
“Annuals are inexpensive—you can buy a flat for $10—and generally hardy in the short term,” Wilson says. “Think African daisies, marigolds, pansies, phlox, or vinca, and consider planting them stadium seating–style for added impact by arranging tall plants behind the shorter ones in the front.”
Don’t have much of a yard to landscape? Place flowerpots next to your front door or hang plants from a lamppost.
Total DIY time: 1 day.
Price: $100 to $170 for plants, mulch, and edging.
—Written by Cheryl Lock
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