For many people, curb appeal is something they don’t think about until they put their home on the market unless they’re watching a home improvement show. But deep down, we all want more curb appeal. We want our home to look beautiful and inviting from the very first impression. There are some fun and easy ways to add curb appeal by painting your door or adding a wreath, but landscaping is a way to really add a wow factor.
Don’t plant annuals in front of your house. Instead, stick to perennials that you know will come back year after year without you having to replant and rework the whole front of the house.
Maintain the Grass
This seems like a no-brainer, but a well-kept lawn makes a house look better and long, shaggy, dying grass makes a bad impression. You don’t need to professionally mow with an alternating diagonal pattern, simply keeping it neat will do wonders.
Like the grass, shaggy hedges make a bad impression. Trim the hedges so that they are neat and uniform. Make sure there aren’t any stray branches that might catch in hair or clothes as people walk by. You don’t need to trim them into fun and funky shapes to make an impression. Generally, just basic upkeep will improve curb appeal tremendously. However, if you have vines or ivy growing up and into your shrubs or trees, you should get them taken out before the shrubs and trees die and become a liability.
Mulch is a great and easy way to increase curb appeal, in addition to benefiting the plants. The plants will really seem to pop against dark mulch and the even layer of mulch unifies the overall look of the whole front yard.
Don’t forget about the hard elements of the front yard, including the driveway. Make improvements to the driveway and fix any imperfections and the house may look completely different. Similarly, using decorative natural stone to update your walkways makes a huge impression. You could also consider adding outdoor lighting to walking paths and even adding an artistic feature like a birdbath or small water feature.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for spring, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you. Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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