May 7, 2017
Each year when the last winter frost has melted, many homeowners in Ann Arbor Michigan turn their attention to the exterior of the homes. The lawn may be starting to turn a brilliant shade of green, the leaves are returning to the trees, and spring flowers may be in bloom. With the beauty of nature all around you, you may be enticed to update your yard in various ways. While some projects, such as planting annuals in the flower beds, have short-term appeal, you may be looking for projects that have long-lasting benefits for your home. The good news is that there are some excellent projects that you can do right now that will add value and charm to your home for years to come.
1. Plant New Trees
This is the ideal time to plant new trees in your yard. The next few months will be warm, providing the ideal environment for the roots of new trees to take hold in the soil. Consider planting trees farther away from the home so that they do not affect your home’s foundation. Plant them around a detached patio area to provide you with shade and to block the wind as they mature.
2. Invest in a Fire Pit
A fire pit is a great idea for homeowners to consider. Spring, fall, and even summer days and nights may be chilly at times, but a fire pit gives you and your loved ones a way to enjoy time outdoors throughout the year. You may even venture outdoors in the winter, when the weather is nicer, to enjoy sitting be they fire. You and your loved ones can drink hot cocoa, roast marshmallows, and enjoy time together outdoors by the fire.
3. Update the Deck
A deck is an excellent addition to your home because it can provide you with an exceptional place to relax outdoors. It can be used for entertaining guests or for relaxing on your own. If you already have a deck constructed, consider if it needs to be sanded and stained, so it can continue to provide you with value and functionality in the years to come.
4. Add Garden-Style Pathways
If you have pets and kids, there is a good chance that there are some pathways created in your grass that turn into a muddy mess when it rains. You can update your yard by adding garden-style pathways with pea gravel, stepping stones or other natural features. This will add charm to your space and eliminate the muddy paths that develop when it rains.
You may spend ample time outdoors for many months of the year. If this is the case, then you want your yard to look fabulous. You also may be interested in making improvements that add real value to your home. Each of these thoughtful ideas are excellent spring projects that any homeowner can consider. They each have functional benefits in your yard that can improve your experience for years to come, and they also have the ability to add value to your home. Take time to analyze your current space to explore the possibilities for your yard.
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