How to Store a Garbage Container in the Front Yard

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A 2009 article published in the Washington Post featured Diana McLellan's idea to top her outdoor trash can with a cover that looked like a bush. While few homeowners have come up with an idea as original as Diana's, most have experimented with ways to effectively conceal their garbage cans. Whether you're getting warnings from the homeowner's association or simply looking to improve your home's curb appeal, a few creative ideas about how to store your trash can are sure to perk up your front yard.

  • Purchase the right trash can. If you get any say-so about the style of garbage to use, opt for an earth-toned can with a secure lid. That way your trash can will blend in with its surroundings more easily. Even if you can't disguise it completely, you can at least prevent animals from scattering trash all over your front yard.

  • Construct a simple space for your garbage can by arranging two tall pieces of wooden lattice at right angles against your home or garage. Leave the area open in the back so you can easily roll the trash can inside. Plant ivy, clematis, sweet pea, honeysuckle, climbing roses or other vines and train them to climb up the lattice, recommends the website Home Made Simple.

  • Disguise your trash can with shrubs. If you want to hide it completely, plant a dense row of bushes around the area. Otherwise, a few evenly spaced columnar bushes will be enough to distract the attention away from your garbage.

  • Surround your garbage container with tall ornamental grasses. Keep in mind that you will probably need to chop down these grasses each January, but they'll quickly return to their full size when the weather warms up.

  • Purchase a commercial garbage can screen. Screens come in all colors and styles, allowing you to match them to your home's trim.

  • Build your own trash can hideaway from small sections of fencing. If you don't have leftover fencing of your own, contact local contractors and ask if you can purchase scraps.

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