Front up Trans­form your front yard with sim­ple DIY projects

Get your gar­den ren­o­va­tion go­ing and en­joy the re­sults of your DIY

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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.

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