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living curb appeal

It's important to ensure your front yard has life, year-round. "Flowers and seasonal shrubs, evergreen trees, and foliage bring color to your front yard all four seasons," says Kevin Guzior, Vice President of Marketing at Pioneer Landscape Centers. Living curb appeal doesn't fade at night. "To give your home a welcoming look, day or night, use landscape lighting to feature your proudest areas."

backyard oasis

Any size yard can be an oasis and a home improvement that feels good on your bare feet - especially if you install artificial grass. "Its [sic] [a] bright, natural-looking lawn all year and its easy maintenance and safe for kids and pets," says Guzior. Be sure to add color with seasonal and evergreen foliage and colored planters. "[Build] garden mounds around the edges of your yard by using mulch, rip rap, boulders, [and] use pavers for an aesthetic border and landscape lighting to highlight these spaces," suggestions Guzior.

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