Garden Box Installations
A garden can turn a generic and plain yard into a wonderful site, filled with colors and wonderful smells of the flora. Flowers add a brightness and liveliness to a yard, while general plantlife can add to the freshness of your air. There is nothing like a warm spring morning with the smell of honeysuckle and rose petals in the air. Gardens can also be used to grow your own fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. It may seem like a chore, but just a little bit of work can pay off significantly down the road. Take for instance the basil plant, it is somewhat expensive to buy and it goes bad very quickly. Having a large basil bush in your backyard not only adds wonderful fragrance, but it insures a virtually unlimited supply of basil. Sames goes for other herbs like oregano and sage. Berry plants are another great idea, because fresh fruit (especially organic fruit) can be very expensive and very perishable. Having your own strawberry or raspberry bush can give you plenty of fruit through the spring and summer. (PRO TIP: Freeze your berries and they can last all the way through the winter!). Installation a garden box can be pretty easy. Depending on how fancy you want to get, you could simply use 4X4 wooden planks and make a simple box or rectangle pattern. Fill it out with top soil and you have yourself a homemade garden! Easy peasy!
Installing a Swingset, Tire Swing or Treehouse
This tip is either for those homeowners with children, or perhaps those homeowners who are really a kid at heart (I've always wanted a treehouse, I still do, to be honest). Add some fun activities for the kids to take part of in your backyard may or may not be attractive to the next potential homeowner, but it will sure make your life a lot easier as a parent. A proper, well done playset installation (done by a professional playset installer) can look wonderful and stand the test of time. Utilizing a wooden (cedar) swing set also gives it a very rustic look (and cedar smells great, by the way). A few tips if you choose to install a playset or swing set. Make sure the ground is level in your backyard. This can cause a ton of headaches if you choose to do the installation yourself. Professional installers have experience with yards that are sloping or not level, so I would recommend consulting one of them before you do-it-yourself. Make sure it's something your kids will enjoy. They might just do fine with a tire-swing that can be put together in a few minutes/hours by an industrious parent, or they might want to go full blast with a secluded treehouse, zip line, rope ladder, etc. You never know, so see what the feedback is from the kiddos before going forward. Finally, make sure you have enough room in your backyard. While a standard swing set doesn't take up too much space, if the yard becomes too crowded it can throw the feng-shui of your property off. A nice little corner, 15X10, should be more than enough. Just make sure to consult the manual for dimensions before making a purchase. I hope you enjoyed this bit of advice. Here's hoping you make your home the best it can be, with many more years of joy to come!