A Garden Fit for a Queen
Landscaping is perhaps the cheapest, most underrated way to improve a home's curb appeal. But instead of simply resodding a weed-infested yard, consider planting an English garden of flowers, trees, and stone (you'll find design ideas at www.englishgarden.co.uk).
Or, if you live in an arid climate, try ornamenting your yard with desert plants, which can reduce water consumption by 60 percent (examples at www.xeriscape.org).
Do-it-yourselfers can usually install a medium-size garden in a weekend or two, and the impact is almost as immediate. "For one thing, you won't have to mow the lawn the next weekend," says Sal Alfano, editorial director of Remodeling.
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