Vocabulary Lessons

“Landscaping Ideas”


Some basic home improvements and landscaping around your home can really increase the value and visual appeal of your property. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences and related information.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  1. driveway
  2. fence
  3. flag pole
  4. flower bed
  5. front steps
  6. garden
  7. gate
  8. landscaping
  9. lawn
  10. patio
  11. porch
  12. lights
  13. security system
  14. shrubbery
  15. sidewalk
  16. sprinkler system


My father decided to install a ________ to keep the dog from running away.

You might want to purchase a __________ to protect your home from intruders or unwanted visitors.

One way to make your house safer is to trim back the _______ in front of the windows so burglars can't sneak in (=enter) without being seen.

Follow-Up Activity

What specific home improvements can increase (or decrease) the value of a home? For example, adding an additional room your house might be a good investment, while adding a swimming pool could result in high maintenance costs and personal liability in case of an accident. Find more information about valuable home improvements.