Mistakes to Avoid When Decorating or Landscaping in the Front Yard

Your front yard is the gateway to your home. It should be inviting, welcoming, and inhabited by plants that are native to your region. In order to achieve this, you should be decorating or landscaping your front yard appropriately.

Sure it’s your yard, it is your space and you can do with it what you wish. To a certain extent that is. Did you know there are many cities and communities that enforce what you can and can’t do with your front yard? This includes landscaping, decorating, and even something as innocent as building a greenhouse.

Here are some things you should avoid when decorating or landscaping in the front yard:

Skipping Yard Work

Your property and a neighboring property can be affected due to skipping out on your yard work. Not maintaining your yard can affect the property value for your house as well as your neighbors. And an overgrown landscape only makes more work for you when you finally get the time to do it. Not to mention all the weeds and unwanted plants that have the potential to inhabit your yard. Do yourself a favor and schedule a designated time to complete your yard work accordingly.


For many people, outside clutter is a huge problem. Letting things pile up can cause an array of legal problems for you and your neighbors. No one wants to look at a messy yard filled with junk.

Allowing your yard to be filled with clutter can actually get your arrested. And the city can take your home away if you fail to clean it up. For more information on this subject check out our post about hoarding.

Leaving Seasonal Decorations 

Everyone knows that one house in the neighborhood that never takes their Halloween or Christmas lights down. Don’t be that person. It’s not a good look. In fact, if you live in a mobile home/manufactured home community, an apartment/townhouse, or a homeowners association you may be prohibited to do so. You want to take as much pride in the outside of your house just as you do the inside.

Porch Couches

Nothing says lazy like an old couch on the porch. Or a couch in the yard. Indoor couches and sofas should stay indoors. If you want it outside, put it in the garage. There’s a reason outdoor furniture exists. Do yourself a favor and invest in some.

Too Many Characters

We all love yard gnomes, plants, and flamingos. But one thing you don’t want to do is overdo it with a huge collection of decor. Consider choosing a theme for your yard and stick with it. That way everything flows together nicely and you don’t have to worry about having too many yard characters.

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