#6. Landscape your yard
Landscaping is too often overlooked. Begin with a visit to your local greenhouse. Staff at these stores are full of advice and knowledge about local plant life. Ask them what plants thrive best in your area and, more importantly, what plants are the easiest to care for. Most of these garden centers have a landscape architect on staff who can design a landscaping plan for you, as well. It is best to start slowly by adding a couple flowering shrubs to your front yard, and then add a small raised bed around a walkway or front door.