Landscaping for curb appeal is important because it greets visitors with a smile and adds value to your home. Follow these tips to landscaping for curb appeal success.
Whether you go all-in on gardening or just keep the yard looking neat and tidy, having a well-maintained property will not only make you feel good, but will also keep your neighbors happy too.
Here are 5 tips to achieving and maintaining curb appeal throughout the growing season.
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Mowing the Lawn When Landscaping for Curb Appeal
Having a fresh green, healthy lawn is so important to achieving curb appeal.
Keep the lawn freshly mowed so it fosters good health and maintains a well-manicured appearance.
Mowing the lawn can be very timing consuming depending on the amount of property you have.
Consider the amount of time you have on weekends to DIY, purchase a mower that runs itself, or hire a lawn care service to keep the lawn maintained.
If you have a lot of garden borders like me, it is really important to edge them.
Grass and weeds tend to creep in.
The neater they are kept, the plants in those borders will stand out and the cleaner the beds will look.
I spend time doing this weekly with an edger because we have a natural stone border.
While you can keep an edge clean and tidy with plastic edging, consider adding edged borders with hardscaping such as stone, bricks, and pavers.
It might not be everyone’s favorite garden chore, but weeding the beds cleans the gardens and prevents new weeds from starting.
It also helps existing plants stay healthy and look more prominent in the borders.
When beds are tidy, the yard looks more welcoming and attractive.
To cut down on my weeding chores, I have lots of plants that have naturally grown together in my cottage gardens.
Having lots of plants and flowers in tight quarters has helped cut down on my weeding chores a bit.
Gardening Tip: If you love the look of cottage gardens too, it’s important to keep some airflow and circulation between plants to minimize pest and disease problems.
Foundation Plantings, Plants, and Flowers When Landscaping for Curb Appeal
To me, nothing says “welcome to my home” more than happy plants and flowers.
Foundation plantings add warmth and character to the entrance of the home.
They accessorize the front exterior and make the home feel warm and cozy.
Tuck in some mid-size deciduous shrubs and evergreens for interest.
If you already have foundation plantings, keep them well-manicured and free from blocking main floor windows.
In addition to foundation plantings, consider adding some plants and flowers.
Not much is needed to make a front porch feel welcoming.
Two simple containers with plants or flowers flanking the front door can make the perfect entrance.
Since I am a huge plant and flower addict, my property is covered with gardens and blooms.
Having more flowers on the property makes me feel happy, greets visitors with a smile, and adds value to the home.
While you don’t have to have extensive gardens like me to have the best curb appeal, the more you do, the more value you add to the home.
Plants and flowers create a warm and inviting vibe and also attract more pollinators like the birds, bees and butterflies.
Lighting and Garden Accents
Lighting adds lots of curb appeal and ambiance to the property at night.
Consider adding lights flanking the front door and along walkways to make those areas more visible in the dark.
I recently started adding several types of solar lights around the property.
Do you have any?
Solar lights are made so much better than they used to be!
The ones I purchased go on as soon as it gets dark and stay on all night. I love them!
And finally, it’s important to add some decorative touches to individualize your home while making it feel warm and cozy.
Consider adding a wreath to the front door, a pretty welcome mat, or some garden accessories like birdhouses, fountains, and birdbaths.
Achieving curb appeal requires some time and dedication to maintaining the exterior of the home but is so worth it!
I realize my gardens might be more than what most people want to maintain, but even the smallest container of flowers adds a warm, welcoming touch.
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