Have you recently purchased a home? Is the landscaping less than ideal? When put up for sale, many homes are either already in or get into a state of neglect while waiting to be purchased. Although this might not mean much for the interior of your home, the exterior can start to show it almost immediately. But now that you've bought the house, you'll be wanting to get it looking nice as quickly as possible. To that end, some of the most effective things you can do to make your yard look beautiful this upcoming year include:

Professional tree pruning: Regular tree trimming is essential to the health and well-being of any tree. While some trees can go without it for a couple of years, others need it on a yearly basis to prevent overgrowth and to provide general shaping that the tree should follow. If the tree is having problems, professional tree trimming can also identify and help eliminate disease and insect infestation before it overwhelms and kills the tree. Since you have no idea how long it's been since any trees on your newly-purchased property have been pruned, it's a good idea to have them all trimmed by a professional as soon as possible.

Professional landscaper: For everything that's not tree trimming, consider hiring a professional landscaping company to get your yard into shape. This includes things like dethatching and/or reseeding your lawn, pruning any bushes, and planting new flowers or otherwise replacing dead plants. You could do many of these things yourself, but they can be time-consuming if you're not used to them. When you want your home to look nice in a hurry, it only makes sense to hire a landscaping company that will send multiple people to your home to do the necessary work more quickly.

Paint job: With all of the tree trimming and other landscaping, the actual face of your home may no longer look as nice in comparison. Depending on what type of siding, if any, is on your house, you may simply need to pressure wash your home to restore its former beauty. But you may also need to consider painting the exterior as well. If you take that route, use the opportunity to have the colors reflect your tastes instead of using the same colors that reflected the tastes of the home's previous owners. Finding just the right colors can take some time but will be more than worth it in the long run.