Spotlight Your Front Yard
Are you thinking about selling or renting your home?
Or are you looking to update your property for your own personal enjoyment?
If so, it is important to consider refreshing the exterior surroundings of your home.
Many people spend a lot of time, energy and money styling the inside of their home but don’t give the same consideration to the outdoor environment.
To ensure you have a yard that will appeal to you, your neighbors, and potential buyers/renters, consider some of these tips for updating the outside of your home and property.
Spruce Up Your Landscaping
For starters, tidy up the green and flower gardens in your yard.
It is easy for them to get overgrown and messy if you don’t attend to them regularly, so spend time getting them back into shape.
For example, if you have any trees or plants that are too large for their current position, relocate them to a better spot, or, if needed, cut down.
Trim back all other plants that require it.
Do some weeding, too, as this can make a difference to the overall look of your yard and will help your plants to thrive.
If you have bare areas in your yard, buy some suitable plants to fill those spaces.
Before finishing, add mulch to garden beds as this adds nutrients to plants, helps them retain moisture, and works to keep weeds at bay.
Take Care of Your Lawn
Once your gardens are in order, continue to take care of your lawn.
Grass needs more than just a trim every so often.
You need to mow regularly (but don’t cut off more than a third of the grass blades at one time).
Remember to water your lawn throughout the week if it is not getting enough water from rainfall in your area.
If scheduling a time to do this job by hand is difficult, keep in mind that in-ground sprinkler systems can handle the task for you.
Though sprinklers can be tricky to install, you can use a service to help you.
Plus, if issues occur with the system over time, you will find sprinkler repair and maintenance companies in your area who can keep them in working condition.
If you have bare patches in your lawn, which is not uncommon, over seed by planting grass seeds directly onto existing turf.
Additionally helping to fill in bare spots, this also works to improve the density of your lawn, brighten its color and give you more varieties of grass in your lawn for longer-term health.
Fertilizing is another thing you can do to improve the health of your lawn. This should generally be done at least twice a year.
Fall and spring are good times because the weather doesn’t have the heat of summer or the freezing temperatures of winter.
This allows the roots and rhizomes below the surface of the soil ready to make full use of the feed.
When buying fertilizer, select a product designed especially for the type of grass you have.
For the most consistent fertilizer coverage, consider hiring a walk-behind drop spreader for the day.
Each year you need to do some aerating of your lawn.
This function helps grass to absorb fertilizer more effectively and allows oxygen and water get down to the roots of your lawn and improve growth.
If lots of leaves fall onto your grass, they should be raked up regularly.
If you just leave them to sit on your lawn, they tend to stick together and form a mat once they get wet.
This mat will likely suffocate your lawn and lead to fungal disease.
Repair Outdoor Fixtures
After you have attended to all the landscaping, don’t forget to assess the various fixtures and decor items in your yard as if seeing for the first time.
It is easy to get used to seeing things in a particular way and not noticing run down, broken or missing components.
But if you spend a little time and money on addressing items that need attention, your yard can quickly take on much more stylish outside surroundings.
If you have fencing that is not in the best condition, make any required repairs and add a fresh coat of paint if needed.
Repair any dilapidated sheds, benches, patio features and the like.
Add Functional Decor
For example, if you don’t already have a fence bordering your yard, consider installing one.
This addition not only provides more curb appeal but helps to keep pets and kids within boundaries.
You may also want to install some lighting on the outside of the house structure or in the yard.
Add pavers or other edging, particularly going up to your front and back doors.
And one last touch, install a nice new mailbox if mail is delivered to your home using an exterior box.