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Mountain Gardening: Top 3 Tips for Front-Yard Fixes

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Just about every front yard has a problem that confounds even the best gardener. Here are three easy fixes that solve some tough issues.

The fall color of burning bush is breathtaking.

While walking through my neighborhood the other morning, I was struck by the number of homes that have boring front yards. These otherwise lovely homes each had at least one landscaping problem that's easily remedied.

If you're looking for a few ways to add some pizzazz to your front yard, here are three simple fixes. You can accomplish each in just a few hours.

Ornamental grasses are beautiful alternatives to turf.

Add a Show-stopping Shrub
Winged euonymus, also known as burning bush, is my go-to shrub for adding instant impact to a drab front yard. This low-maintenance shrub is widely available and adaptable. Give burning bush space to grow, and it will reward you with fiery fall color so vibrant, it causes cars to slow down as they pass by.

Feather reed grass is a reliable ornamental grass.

Replace Turf with Ornamental Grass
Because of the extreme heat, even experienced gardeners are having a tough time keeping their lawns green this summer. Instead of struggling with ordinary turf, reduce the amount in your landscape and replace it with mass plantings of ornamental grass.

Pampas grass makes a good specimen plant.

'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass is an easy-care, reliable ornamental grass that looks good almost all year round.

Another good ornamental grass for the Mountain region is pampas grass. This large grass is best used as a single specimen plant.

Unwanted visitors may think twice about climbing into an open window when they spy the cacti beneath!

Add Spiny Security
Plant cacti or other thorny plants beneath a window to add greenery that also serves as part of a home's security plan.

What easy front-yard fix can you recommend? Please add it here.

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