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The housing market in our old city is terrible, to say the least.  We don’t have a lot of showings, but so far the consensus seems to be that the house is great but the yard is too small.  I can’t make the yard bigger, but I can make it more attractive.


Step 1: Mow the lawn dandelions.  Secretly curse the fact that I have no knowledge of how to make my lawn look beautiful and green.  Cut the edges with a pair of scissors because I do not own a whipper-snipper.


Step 2: Dig up the overgrown flowerbeds.  This sweet little frog joined me as I conquered mother nature.


Step 3: Give the flowerbeds purpose.  I put shade plants by the deck area, a greens-garden with green lettuce, red lettuce, and kale along the fence, and tomatoes in the raised bed.  It doesn’t make things to scale, but I hope it makes the buyer see the potential


Step 4: Give away swing set that was taking up too much space.  We don’t really have room for it in our new yard either.

Step 5: Clean out the overhang area and give it purpose.  Fun fact: if you have wicker chairs, a bottle brush works really well to get them clean.


Here’s the finished product:




I took this picture before I cut the edges with a pair of scissors.



It may not be perfect, but hopefully it’s much more appealing to a potential buyer!  It took me most of the day to mow the lawn (there’s WAY more than you see here), dig up the beds, put in new plants, and clean up the overhang area.

Do you have any tricks for keeping your yard in tip top shape?  Ways to make a small yard look bigger with minimal work?  Let me know in the comments!  Also, if you know anyone wanting to move to Humboldt, SK, I know a great house for sale!!

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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