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Transform Your Yard! 5 Easy outdoor upgrades to consider for your home:

Could your yard use an upgrade? We all want our outdoor spaces to impress, but a full landscaping overhaul can be a daunting prospect. Luckily you don’t need to go all-out to achieve attractive results. You’d be surprised how much a modest change can improve your yard’s overall look. If you want to add a little curb appeal to your home and start getting those comments and compliments from your friends when they visit, check out these easy DIY projects that will make a big impact.

You’ll love how easy this is to do! All you need are some decent sized pavers (at least a couple feet across) or even better, some pieces of stunning natural flagstone. Decide which areas of your yard you’d like to connect with stepping stones, or use the pathway to draw visitors into dierent areas of your garden. Simply place your stepping stones with their centers about 18 inches apart to match the average person’s stride.

You’ll be amazed at how this simple addition completely changes the dynamics of your yard. Boulders anchor a landscape and provide points of interest around which to plan further development. And the great news is you only need a few boulders to make a big statement; one boulder may even be enough. Quick tip: choose an odd number of boulders for a natural look.

Don’t worry – a water feature doesn’t have to be an elaborate, multi-level waterfall. Standalone fountains can be a one-day installation job and provide an additional relaxing ambience with the sound of trickling water. Fountains are great focal points for an outdoor space; you can’t go wrong! Why not have a garden accent that provides both visual and audible pleasure? You’ll thank yourself for years to come.

Best in backyards, a decomposed granite pathway is a fantastic DIY project and one of the most cost-eective ways to improve the look of your yard. Decomposed granite, also known as DG, is literally that – granite that has broken down into fine particles. It holds together better than dirt, especially when a stabilizing element is mixed in, and provides a great walking surface with a uniform texture and color.

Adding mulch or rock groundcover is a fast and inexpensive facelift for your yard. Use mulch or small stones to freshen up the top layer of planters, surround ground-based plants or trees, or cover entire areas of your garden or yard. Don’t forget – there are other benefits to adding a layer of ground cover to your yard: moisture retention, insulation and weed prevention!

All five of these projects are accessible for DIY enthusiasts and can be done in one weekend, so don’t delay – pick your favorite and get started. Visit any Southwest Boulder & Stone location to pick up your rock supplies at wholesale prices, or give us a call at 877-792-7625 if you need any help deciding which of these outdoor upgrades would be right for your backyard. For more details on each of these projects, visit our blog at