Curb Appeal Landscaping Ideas
It’s easier than you think to add some really charming landscape touches to your front yard. Not only will these simple ideas make your home look more inviting, but they will also make your home more attractive, whether you are looking to sell your home or not. These simple landscaping ideas will make your home the prettiest on the road.
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Bring fresh mulch to your garden beds
Not only does mulch keep the weeds at bay, it also gives your garden beds a neat and tidy look. A darker color like black or brown will also pop flowers, plants and sidewalks. Just be careful and make sure you don’t get mulch with built-in fertilizer unless the beds are far enough from your house. It smells terrible!
Get your lawn in shape
Good news, less is more when it comes to your lawn. If grass is cut too short and too often, it cannot grow properly. Make sure you are using a sharp mower knife and only cut a third of the grass knife. Additionally, if your weed is particularly dry, avoid watering it during the intense afternoon heat – the water will evaporate before it can be absorbed!
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Choose plants that are proportionate
Think about future growth, but when planting bushes in front of your house, think about size. Nothing looks more silly than small, separated bushes that look too small against a house. Think about what will grow and add to the facade of your home over time. A mixture of heights and a variation of small trees and bushes always looks great.
Add planters to your entrance
A splash of color from flowers or grass is the best way to welcome guests into your home. Notice how much sun these plants need to thrive all summer. To keep large planters from getting too heavy, pad the bottom of the planter with plastic or even the overturned plastic containers that the seedlings came in.
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Sure, they may require a little more maintenance than annuals, but they will save you money in the long run. You also know what to expect year after year. These investment plants and flowers add tons of color and texture to your landscaping that will only build themselves up over time. You’ll be glad you put the work into it.
Keep your sidewalk weed free and inviting
A one-to-one mixture of white vinegar and boiling water will give weeds on your sidewalk the boot. To keep them at bay, add smaller gravel or sand, or apply a thin layer of polymer sand between the cracks. For the best, weed-resistant results, follow the package directions and don’t skimp on preparation.
Make sure it’s well lit.
Nothing is more inviting than warm, bright light at night. Use small lanterns or path lights to highlight a walkway or larger spotlights to make a particular landscape feature the star of your garden. However, a home always looks more inviting when you can easily see it – even at night!