Front up Transform your front yard with simple DIY projects
Get your garden renovation going and enjoy the results of your DIY
when you buy a new house, there’s always a long list of improvements to tackle inside. But what about the garden? Where do you start with your outdoor renovations? The answer is the front yard – it anchors your home to the street and creates the right first impression. And if you tackle at least a few of the landscaping jobs yourself, you’ll be miles ahead in the budget stakes.
If you’ve bought an old and unrenovated house, there’s a good chance the front yard will be tired and run-down. So rather than wasting time on a whole series of patch-ups, concentrate on installing the landscaping basics first up: a solid front fence, paths and a driveway. They’re the essentials of hard landscaping and, with just average DIY skills, you can do them yourself and save big bucks.
When it comes to picket fences, there’s more variety than you might think. For a traditional look, choose turned posts and spear-head pickets. Or, for a more modern take, go for simple square-cut pickets.