Boosting Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Use these tips from one of Northern Virginia’s finest landscape designers to evaluate the plantings in your home’s front foundation to create a welcoming and simplified space.  Having a landscape that is pleasing to the eye is important in selling your home, but sometimes spending big money could leave small returns.  Strive for a yard that looks well maintained and shows off its best assets and potential.

  1. Weed- No, it’s not tons of fun, but a must for creating a clean looking front entry.  Define weed as any plant you don’t want in the space, not just the pesky typical types.  Do you have dead or dying plants, overgrown shrubs and perennials, or plants that have visual damage?   Edit your landscape and remove unwanted plants.
  2. Prune- Weeding and pruning should be considered at the same time.  Maybe those shrubs/trees/perennials just need a good pruning?   Limb up shade trees to add sunlight to under plantings and lawns, control size by selectively pruning off branches or shearing.
  3. Edge Bed Lines- Use a garden hose on the ground to map out a new curvy bed line, paint the line with marking paint, then use a spade (a sharp, square edged shovel) to cut a new edge.  Drop the spade straight down onto the line so the tip is 1-1.5” into the ground, then kick the outside of the shovel into the bed, repeat all the way around, giving a nice natural edge.
  4. Re-Grade and Plant- If you have low or high areas of soil re-grade so the topsoil is more level within the bed.  Make sure no water can pool or flow into and along your homes foundation.  Add low maintenance annuals for a long season of color.  Begonias or Geraniums for sun, Impatiens or Dragon Wing Begonias for shade, and Winter Pansy for fall and winter interest.
  5. Mulch and Water- Mulch is the icing on the cake, use a quality double shredded hardwood, spread 1-2” thick, and be careful about mulching too closely to your plants, leave a 1” circle around trunks and low foliage.  If you plant new plants, have a plan to keep them watered.  New annuals in the heat of summer or drought of winter will need deep waterings about 3-4 times a week.

Written by:  Erika Salas, Owner of Simply Landscapes LLC


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