DIY Landscaping

Need to remodel your front yard but don't have the funds to do it?  Although it may not be "as easy as pie", here are some ways you can have a beautifully landscaped yard without spending your hard-earned money and maybe get a little tanned while doing it:

1) Make the flower beds about four to six feet wide. This ensures you have room for more flowers. To make the flowers really come alive, use mulch that is the same color as the soil.

2) If your plants are overgrown or dreary, replace them with new shrubs or perennials. Plant two or three rows of the new seedlings and make sure to place the smaller plants in front of the larger ones. You can find out how big they will grow by looking for the mature size on the seed package.

3) You will need to pick one large plant to be the focal point of your newly landscaped yard. This can be something like a dwarf tree or a large shrub. It should be placed in line with a structural component of the property.

4) Ditch the electric trimmers. Even though you may think these will be easier and faster, they produce a generic cookie-cutter look. Give your shrubs and plants some character by using good ol' fashioned hand-held pruners.

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About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.