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Roll up Your Sleeves and Raise Your Home’s Value

If you’ve ever looked at someone else’s lawn with a little bit of envy in your eyes, keep reading. Here, will share a few tips and tricks on how to kick your curb appeal into high gear.

Start with a little TLC

One of the quickest and easiest ways to enhance the appearance of your exterior is to simply take an afternoon and rectify small problems. For instance, if your hedges have gotten out of hand, a quick trimming will have an instant impact. Not only will they look better, but proper pruning will keep your bushes and shrubs in tip top shape. This video from Lowe’s will show you how. Pull weeds, add a new layer of mulch to the flower beds, and remove dead brush and limbs throughout your property.

They say the grass is greener (where you lay the sod)

Brown spots in the grass can make your home look older than it is. When you’re planning to sell, nothing screams “buy me” like a lush, green lawn. If you don’t have time to reseed and fertilize, consider laying new sod in the front yard. Talk to your local nursery to find out what they have in stock and which types of grasses work best for yard. Laying sod isn’t a difficult process, but, as Popular Mechanics explains, it takes some work. It involves tilling, grading, and leveling out the land so be prepared for a multi-day job. Seeding is always an option but a quality sod will render results the moment it’s down.

Trees, please

Trees serve many purposes, the least of not which is improving the appearance of a bare landscape. Fortunately, planting a few trees is a rather inexpensive (and easy) project. First, determine how your trees will arrive. Most consumer-friendly nurseries sell potted trees although balled and burlapped are available. Avoid bare root trees unless you have at least one or two seasons before your house goes on the market. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, container trees require a parameter of approximately four times wider than the root system has been allowed to expand.

Flower power

Another immediate update is to simply plant colorful flowers. This may be around the mailbox, down the walkway, or in a separate garden. If you want to really draw attention to your lawn, consider planting celosia. This vivid annual, which comes in a variety of colors, grows quickly and has a unique almost fire-shaped appearance.

Spend a day on the entryway

Your lawn and garden aren’t the only things that factor into your curb appeal. Make a statement by sprucing up your front door with a fresh coat of colorful paint. Don’t forget the trim and, if you’re feeling especially enthusiastic, take your brush and bucket on a tour of your home’s exterior and revive worn wood around windows and any boxes, planters, or other ornamental features. Real Simple also suggest adding new house numbers and replacing dated exterior lights.

Garden tools for the absolute beginner

You likely already have plenty of tools to handle common household repairs but you also need a separate, good set of gardening tools. Garden Design magazine says the absolute beginner should have, at the very least, a hand trowel, rake, hoe, adjustable water hose, lobbers, a wheelbarrow, and spade. Unless you don’t mind cuts, scrapes, and impacted dirt under your fingernails, you’ll also want a comfortable pair of garden gloves.

Your home’s outdoor appeal says a lot about its inhabitants. A rundown yard will be a turnoff to the neighbors and may even get you in trouble with your homeowners association. Perhaps even more importantly, a well-kept lawn will make your home more appealing and will enhance its value when it’s time to move on.

Resources used: 

This video  - https://www.lowes.com/projects/gardening-and-outdoor/pruning-hedges/project 

Brown spots -  https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/how-to-increase-your-homes-curb-appeal/

explains - https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/lawn-garden/how-to/a135/replace-your-lawn-with-new-sod/

container trees - https://www.arborday.org/trees/planting/containerized.cfm

celosia  - https://www.countryliving.com/gardening/garden-ideas/g19564804/best-annual-flowers/?slide=3

new house numbers  - https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/boost-curb-appeal

absolute beginner  -  https://www.gardendesign.com/how-to/tools.html

garden gloves  - https://diyguys.net/reviews/the-9-best-damn-garden-gloves-youll-stick-your-hands-into/