Atlanta is a city full of a variety of neighborhoods and gated communities. With the right amount of curb appeal, your house will be the envy of every passerby! In addition, landscaping, DIY projects, and hardscaping can significantly increase your property’s resale value and visual impact. Improving your home’s curb appeal often includes manicured landscaping, a fresh coat of exterior paint, and porch lights that are in good, working condition. For many homeowners, an appealing front yard includes hardscaping (nonliving elements) for outdoor environments; this might include a pathway, stone walls, or a pergola.

If you’re into DIY projects, you can certainly accomplish some hardscaping on your own. The trick is to know that not everything in hardscaping can be managed by yourself. Here are a few projects you might want to try your hand at this fall:

Annual Flowers

While tending to floral blossoms may not be your idea of a good time, flowers go a long way to elevate the inviting appearance surrounding a home. Annual flower beds are a great DIY project for every homeowner; you can simply hang pots of pre-planted beauties or dig up a bed of your own! Get as involved as you’d like – pick some ideas from Pinterest and go for it! You can usually find pre-potted flowers at your hardware store; if you’re trying to save a few bucks on your landscaping project, you can definitely tackle this project on your own.

Flagstone Paths

Unlike a professionally laid path with masonry and concrete, you can create a simple patio that will last several years. If you’re looking for an affordable pathway or outdoor sitting area, dig up the area and lay down some landscaping cloth, crushed rock, and flagstone or patio blocks. This creates a beautiful, functional look and is very simple to do. We recommend that you use caution while picking up and moving large stones – they can be a lot heavier than they look.

Lawn Maintenance & Upkeep

Maintaining a beautiful lawn involves far more than mowing! If you want your landscape to look groomed and cared for, you’ll likely need to put in a lot of hard work and time. In order to keep up with your yard work, you’ll want to mow, water plants, and fertilize anything that seems to be doing poorly. This is an important part of creating curb appeal for years to come – even after you finish your DIY projects. If you don’t have the necessary time to keep up with your yard maintenance, consider hiring a professional or someone in the neighborhood to help you out!

Vegetable Garden

Gardens are an increasing source of pride for homeowners; they both enhance the beauty of one’s yard and can help your family get excited about eating healthy food! There are so many different ways to grow your own garden: raised beds, trellising and vertical gardening, traditional gardening, and no-dig methods. Consider your goals for your garden space and get digging! Don’t forget to mix in some wildflowers to keep away the munching animals!

River Rock Beds

If you’d like to easily add some sophistication and beauty, river rock beds are a great idea; one upside to this project is that the maintenance is extremely low. River rock can be purchased in large, heavy bags at your local hardware store. Ask a friend for help as you define the space, lay down landscaping cloth, and pour out your rocks! Keep an eye out for weed growth and replace the landscaping cloth when the time comes.

Whether you are looking to transform an outdoor living space or are simply trying to reduce the amount of upkeep for your lawn, hardscaping is a great way to achieve this. Professional hardscaping can deliver great looks, but it can also cost a bit more than you’re willing to spend. For smaller projects, you can certainly take on the job yourself! If you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty, then the DIY projects above will be great accomplishments for you and your home’s curb appeal.