Paint your drab front door with a vibrant red. Swap out your old mailbox for a stylish, modern option. Replace your old house numbers with a font that matches your home’s architecture.
While these are simple (and effective) ideas to give your curb appeal a boost, there’s a case to be built for curb appeal landscaping. After all, the way you maintain your landscape has a major impact on the first impression your home makes — from the perceived value to overall interest.
With a few simple additions/modifications to your current lawn and landscape maintenance routine, your landscape is sure to make the right statement to guests, neighbors and potential buyers alike.
Curb Appeal Landscaping Tip #1: Power Wash Your Hardscapes
Keeping your hardscapes clean doesn’t have to involve chemicals. Power washing simply uses water to remove rust, dirt and stains from your driveway, walkways and decks — making the finished product look as good as new.
When the aesthetics of your hardscapes improve, so does their integrity. Acidic solutions that could cause concrete or pavement to crack over time will be exterminated, as will the costs tied to future repairs. These cracked surfaces can also introduce trip hazards and liabilities.
Curb Appeal Landscaping Tip #2: Trim Trees and Shrubs
Dead or dying limbs on trees and shrubs make for a pretty unsightly visual. After all, they tend to hang over sidewalks, blocking pathways and creating tripping hazards, and obstructing views of a home’s beautiful exterior.
That’s when you know it’s time for a haircut for trees and shrubs — or what’s referred to as “pruning.” Trimming weak branches immediately gives your landscape a neater look and creates a safer, more enjoyable environment. With diseased parts of these plants removed, trees and shrubs are also able to grow thicker and healthier, which further enhances curb appeal.
Wondering when’s the best time to prune trees and shrubs? The simple answer is winter. Here’s why.
Curb Appeal Landscaping Tip #3: Maintain a Healthy Lawn Height
While grass that’s too long may be an indicator of a lack of care, cutting grass too short can be just as problematic. In theory, it seems like a way to cut back on lawn maintenance. In reality, you’ll often end up with an uglier lawn as it endures more stress and you’ll save very little time.
The key is to find a middle ground. Using the highest setting on a lawnmower with a sharp blade, grass should be cut on a weekly basis during its active growing season. This will encourage strong grass roots and keep your lawn looking lush and green year-round.
Looking for more lawn mowing tips? This blog post highlights several to ensure optimal results.