So the values of the home and the mortgage are converging, the home-equity genie is back in the bottle and the yard needs a complete makeover. What's a recession-sick homeowner with spring fever to do?
When a garden gets overgrown and raggedy, it's more than just a case of plants looking sick. The bigger problem is the loss of structure, of the "bones" that make a garden pleasing to the eye.
In our spring gardening issue, we offer advice for sprucing up the yard on a budget while lowering its long-term maintenance demands. The fix involves you: The more energy you can put into it, the more cost-effective and rewarding will be the results. It may become so absorbing that you forget all about the recession blues.