Simple Landscape Projects that Make a Big Difference
8 things to do this weekend to start loving your landscape
Getting ready to sell your house? As you make your list of things to touch up before the “for sale” sign hits the lawn, don’t forget the importance of curb appeal in showing your home! Surveys have shown that curb appeal not only speeds the sale but also increases offer prices. Money spent to the upgrade your landscape is believed to return up to 20% on that investment. Here are some simple and low cost things you can do.
Green up your lawn. Spruce up a tired lawn by fertilizing, controlling weeds and planting bare spots. Summer is the best time to work on your Bermudagrass, St. Augustine or Zoysia lawn, grasses most often found in the south; while Fall is the best time for renovating your northern lawn. A lush, green lawn makes a wonderful first impression for guests – and potential buyers. Need help? A lawn care professional can help you reach your goals.
Bring on the beauty. Use plants to create a welcoming approach to the main entrance to the house. Enhance your landscape with fresh flowers. Infuse bright splashes of color and varied texture to make the front yard pop. Consider pots of seasonal color as well. These can make wonderful eye-catching additions to your front porch or interspersed in vignettes throughout your yard. As you consider flowers, don’t neglect the white ones that offer a beautiful brilliance when the sun hits their petals.
Hide the trouble spots. Add plants to screen views of telephone, cable and electrical boxes or if your neighbor’s yard is a bit of an eyesore, shrubs can provide a perfect screen.
Remember the finishing touches. Establish crisp details of the lawn and landscape through edging. Edge planting areas, walks, and drives.
A little mulch provides an instant make-over. Mulch planting areas and around trees and sign posts. No only does it look good but it can help keep weeds down. It can also be used to create attractive paths where foot traffic has thinned the lawn.
It’s cleaning time. You want to put your best food forward to take a little time to pressure wash walkways, decks, patios, and the driveways to remove stains and oils.
Plan for peak visiting hours. Create a weekly maintenance schedule to be certain your landscape looks its best on the weekends. Mow your lawn toward the end of the week and be certain your blade is sharp for a good crisp cut. Give special attention to landscape details around the primary entrance to the house. Keep plants watered and be certain that walks, driveways and streets are free of landscape debris including leaves, grass clippings mulch and fertilizer granules.
Many home sellers spend so much time on the interior of their homes they neglect the first thing buys see – their front yard. A little TLC to your landscape could yield huge dividends in attracting browsers and ultimately closing the sale.