I have to say the past winter has not been too bad in Michigan. So excited for spring though, sitting outside and enjoying the Michigan weather is a must when you want to relax after a long day.  So if you're thinking of doing some upgrades around the house for the warm weather now is the time to start.

If you're on a budget,  you don’t have to spend too much of your hard earned cash on your Lansing area home and yard. Great landscapes may look pretty costly, but an eye-popping yard can be budget friendly says lawnstarter.com.

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Recycle an old watering can, lay down free mulch, hang some string lights and you can create a charming, cozy yard at little to no cost. If you’re crafty and good with tools, you’ll whiz through cheap DIY projects.

There are many landscaping ideas that will make your home look great on a tight budget. So, get ready for the great outdoors. Let's grab some tools and get started on that yard and front lawn.

You can start by sprucing up your stones up with soft moss or plants, and you’ll have yourself an easy to affordable walkway. Perennials may be more costly, but they will save you more green in the long run. They will return with color every growing season which will save you money in years to come.

You may also want to plant some flowers around your mailbox if it is on your lawn, or just in front of the house or porch. Also, I love outdoor lights. A string of lights can turn your backyard into a cozy hangout after the sun goes down. Have fun and happy landscaping.  Barbecue at your house soon, I'll bring the wine.

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