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Old 06-01-2012, 04:42 AM   #1
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I just recently bought this new house. Although, the house and the interiors are okay but I have problems in landscaping and gardening. They are really looked barren and boring. I want a little more spice-ups in the garden.

Any few tips on how to make my yard appealing and presentable to my new guests? your answers are highly appreciated..

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Quick way is to prep & lay sod. Longer way, is till the yard, lay seed, or have a company hydro-seed the ground, then follow their directions for water, care & maint..

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Put up a few pics on your backyard to give us an idea of what you have
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Your location would also be helpful.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:39 PM   #5
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I do not have photos in my backyard yet. But I am located in Sarasota...
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Thank you greg for the brilliant Ideas! Laying a seed will take longer..Hiring a company will be costly. I am thinking of just putting a grown plants in pots or planting a turf grass from sodsolutions. Then, few garden arrangements.
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What does the neighbors yards look like? Do other people entertain around your area? How long is the home ownership for those that live there. In other words, do people stay put, or are they moving out within five years. Have there been a lot of short sales or foreclosures in your area? There is a lot to look at.

Watch shows like Turf War yard crashers, or some of the other backyard design shows on DIY Channel if you get it. Weigh all of your options and go from there. Best thing to do, is get the yard turf looking good first, then you can move to stuff like beds, patios, etc. If you want the patio first, figure the fact that you may not get the costs back for what you sink into it, but curb appeal speaks volumes, especially if the neighbors keep the front of the house looking good, so that if homes do go on the market, you are welcoming visitors in your area to take notice of that people care for the properties around the homes that may be for sale.

Put a plan together, go old school with paper and colored pencils, along with cutouts of the basics, so you can see visually. Easier to do stuff on paper, than spend hours on a computer doing it, which can be done after you get the basic design down on paper, then you can move to a CAD program for the next level. Also speak to landscaping companies and small business owner yard companies that can give you bids on getting the turf in order.
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Thank you gregzoll! Much appreciated. I will lay out a plan for my backyard instead and go with my neighbor's kind of landscaping. Or else I will hire a landscaping company to get the best result. How about putting some outdoor lighting equipments?
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Do not copy your neighbor's, or you will find yourself the hated one. I would take maybe an element that you like, talk to them and see how you can incorporate it into your yardscape with their help maybe. Keep in mind, the more complex the yardscape is, the more time you spend on upkeep.
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Yes grezoll! Thanks for the advice...

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How about outdoor lighting?
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Outdoor lighting is always good. LED keeps the bugs down, so you are not getting attacked if out on the patio or deck. Also, lighting helps to deter those who want to own your stuff, vs. you keeping it. Take a drive at night to other neighborhoods, and if you have gated communities in your area, talk to those residents if willing, who have the features you would like to incorporate.

But keep in mind, you can dream all you want, but your pocket book will make the decisions.

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