Let’s face it. You’ve been spending a lot of time at home, and you’re noticing every little bare spot, weed, and dead or dying plant. But don’t worry. With a little work and some thoughtful purchases, you can really spruce things up. Whether you just want your landscape to look better due to pride of ownership, or you’re looking to list your property for sale, curb appeal landscaping can help. Today, we look at our top 5 tips for how to enhance your curb appeal with landscaping.
Curb Appeal Landscaping Ideas
Our curb appeal landscaping ideas can be customized for your home or business, based on your budget and how large your property is.
1. A Well-Manicured Lawn
If your home is like most of suburbia, most of your landscape is filled with turf grass. A healthy lawn gives a signal that you take care of your property.
Take steps to keep your lawn as healthy as possible, with the application of fertilizer and weed killer at the appropriate times. Keep it mowed to a healthy height (not the lowest setting on your mower). Be sure to use a trimmer around garden beds and the curb for a well-manicured look.
2. Trim the Trees and Shrubs
Walk out to the street and take a look at your house. What do you see? Appropriately sized and neatly trimmed trees and shrubs? Or overgrown and scraggly-looking trees and shrubs? If it’s the latter, get out your lopping shears, electric hedge trimmers and whatever else you need to get everything into shape. Do some internet research before trimming or pruning a tree to make sure you don’t make things worse. Consider removing shrubs or trees that have grown too large for their space (i.e. rubbing up against the house, obscuring windows, etc.).
3. Garden Beds
Check out your garden beds. Are they full of leaves and weeds? Do you see a lot of bare ground? Remove any debris, and trim back perennials so the new growth can take center stage. Plant new perennials and annuals to brighten things up. Then put down new mulch in your gardens to reduce weeds and help retain moisture.
4. Container Gardens and Hanging Baskets
Think about placing large pots on either side of your entry door and filling them with annuals in colors that complement your home. Use hanging baskets if you have a porch where you can hang them. You can also have a container garden on your patio. Window boxes are a great way to brighten up your curb appeal as well.
5. Landscape Lighting
If you don’t already have landscape lighting, now is a good time to add it. Whether you use solar stakes or get a professional installation, you want your property to be well-lit and safe, and attractive into the evening.
So there you have our top 5 tips for how to enhance your curb appeal with landscaping. But curb appeal doesn’t stop with landscaping. Check out this article for additional curb appeal tips.
Consider Hiring Landscaping Contractors to Do the Work
If all of this sounds like a lot of work or you just don’t have the time and skills needed, consider hiring landscaping contractors to help you increase your curb appeal quickly. Most companies like LiveWell Outdoors work with homeowners, real estate agents, commercial property management companies, and more.
Get recommendations and do your research before hiring anyone. Take a look at their website to see if they create attractive landscapes that meet your needs.