Becky Garber
Special to the Daily

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February 25, 2012
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Our yards say something about us

Before our guests even get to the front door, our yards have already set the tone for how welcome people feel arriving at our homes.

What does your outdoor ambiance say to passers-by or to first-time guests-or to YOU when you roll into the driveway after work? If the vibe is a little off, the look is a bit scruffy or the overall feel is dated, it might be time to update the landscape.

Amazing transformations can be accomplished simply by pruning out-of-control plants to restore a neat appearance. The next step can be removing overgrown bushes that are taking up too much space. Junipers, in particular, have a way of overgrowing their usefulness and even browning out in the process.

It's also amazing to see what can happen when a few overgrown plants are replaced with newer, brighter varieties. This is the outside equivalent of updating a worn sofa by throwing on a new cover. There's a lot of bang from the bucks spent on even a few new plants.

Still not enough? More extensive projects will definitely up the impact, but it's important to know what you want, what you have room to do and how much you can accomplish with the resources at hand. It used to be that a sprinkler system was the luxury item of the wealthy. Same for water features and then, other amenities like fire features.

But with the expanding options now available, all of these items can be affordable and incorporated into even into the tiniest of yards.

Did you know an out-of-the-box fire pit can appear to be custom made just by surrounding it with an expensive-looking finish? That's exactly what one of our member contractors did last summer for a client and they even won an Excellence in Landscape Award for how well they transformed the yard within the client's budget.

Need inspiration for what could take your yard from ho-hum to welcome home with a wow? Peruse the photo gallery of the 39 properties that received Excellence in Landscape Awards last week from Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado's annual awards competition. You're sure to find ideas that can get you visioning the possibilities around your home.

Need help transforming your yard? Find a professional among ALCC's members located in six chapters statewide.

Becky Garber is a member of ALCC of which Neils Lunceford, a landscaping

company, is a member. You may contact them at (970) 409-8945.


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