If you want to spruce up your front lawn appeal, but find the idea too overwhelming to undertake, or if you’re simply short on time or funds, here are some quick tips to boost your home’s curb appeal.
Keep your yard properly manicured: This is the simplest and most cost effective thing you can do to instantly improve your curb appeal. Set a schedule and keep your lawn mowed as often as it needs it. You schedule will depend on the type of grass you have, how much water your lawn has received, and other conditions particular to your specific lawn. Trim and prune all bushes and trees as needed and keep an eye on overgrowth in your flower beds. Never underestimate the power of a neatly trimmed and edged lawn.
Container gardening is the way to go if you are a beginner, value mobility, have a small yard, or simply have no viable gardening areas. Container gardening gives you a lot of flexibility, ease of mobility, and an easy way to add a pop of color to your door step or back patio.
Dress up the Driveway and Walkways. Walkways and driveways are often underserved in the manner of landscaping. If you feel so inclined, there are several ways to jazz up these areas. You can:
• Keep the driveway pad cleaned and edged, and the control joints free of weeds.
• Lay a row of garden pavers down both sides of the driveway—this serves to give guests parking in your driveway a place for their feet on when exiting the car. These also come in handy for saving the edges of your yard from unintended tire marks. We all know drivers that may occasionally run off, or back into, your yard when entering and exiting the driveway.
• Instead of pavers, you can line your driveway or walkway with monkey grass to give it more of an organic border.
• Add some greenery. Miniature evergreens, bushes, or colorful planters are a great way to add in color and flavor to your driveway and garage area.
Make your front porch inviting. By adding some chairs with colorful accent pillows, a small bistro table with a few of your favorite blooms, or a mini herb or succulent container garden, you’ll go a long way in adding some personality to your door step. But don’t stop there, you can also add a few well-placed accessories, such as candle holders, seasonal door wreaths, non-floral arrangements, or paint your door for a pop of color. Use your imagination and make your porch a retreat. Your only limitation is the amount of space you have. You don’t want to over clutter your porch and make it a hazard to those entering and leaving your home.
Update your mailbox area. Give your mailbox a fresh coat of paint, and update your address numbers. For an infusion of charm, add a little garden around your mailbox. You can go as large or as small as you want. I tend to keep my mailbox garden rather small, with just enough room for maybe 6-8 tulips or other smaller plants such as marigolds or pansies. You can also go low maintenance and add a climbing plant, such as a clematis or honeysuckle.
Garden hose spigot make over. If your water spigot is located somewhere other than your flower bed, add some landscaping rocks or pavers directly under it. This will help divert water runoffs and minimize water puddles from dripping hose connections and general garden hose use. You can also plant some sturdy grass around the pavers that will stand up to the increased foot traffic to that area.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
La-Tessa Montgomery is an avid & adventurous, novice gardener. She is also a single mother of three and a first time homeowner who bravely faces all homeownership challenges by keeping her loving stepfather on speed dial. In addition to gardening, La-Tessa’s hobbies include cooking, photography, and writing. She’s earned recognition for both her photography and writing via contest wins, peer acknowledgements, and participation in local photo exhibitions.
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