Your home’s curb appeal is the first impression anyone will get of your home, so it is important to make sure it is a good one, especially if you are planning on selling your home. If you are looking to improve the curb appeal of your home, there are a few simple landscaping projects you can try to boost it quickly and easily to make it stand out.
Add Mulch to Your Garden Beds
Mulch can help keep the weeds away, reduce watering needs, and it will make your garden beds look neater and more orderly. A mulch that is black or dark brown can make your flowers and plants really pop. Just make sure you do not buy any mulch with uncomposted manure; the last thing you want is to throw the balance of your flowerbeds off too much.
Update or Install a Walkway
If you already have a walkway in your front yard, update and repair it. Replace any chipped or unsightly paving stones, and make sure it looks beautiful and new. Line the walkway with some lighting to make sure guests can clearly see where they are going. You can also plant some cheerful flowers on either side of the path, too, to brighten it up.
Give Your Lawn a Manicure
To ensure your lawn remains healthy and beautifully green, you should not mow it too short or too often. If it is hot out, do not water it until it cools off; the water will just evaporate before your lawn can absorb it.
Plant Colorful Flowers
Flowers are gorgeous and can make your yard stand out. Include a combination of annuals and perennials, so it will be colorful all year. Additionally, if you have the option to plant pollinator-friendly plants, you are providing food for pollinators and supporting the population of pollinators!
Select Plants that are Proportionate
Should you decide to plant bushes in your front yard, make sure they will be the right size for your house in regards to proportions. You do not want the bushes to be too small up against your home; those can look silly. Also, you can create a beautiful layered aesthetic using bushes of varying heights.
Add Some Planters
In addition to planting some flowers in your garden beds, add some smaller planters to your porch and windows. The flowerpots you choose can be a fun way to add some of your unique personality to the exterior of your home. If you have kids, you can involve them in this project by getting some plain flowerpots and letting them paint them. It is a great way to give your curb appeal some character and let the kids help with a project.
Other Ideas for Improving Curb Appeal
There are many other things you can do to improve your curb appeal beyond your landscaping. Let’s take a look at some other curb appeal ideas.
Install Faux Stone Wainscoting
The foundation of most homes is unsightly concrete. Thankfully, there are ways you can cover it up. Faux stone wainscoting is a DIY solution that you can install right on top of the concrete foundation and give it some personality at the same time. Something this simple can improve both your curb appeal and property value.
Replace Old Hardware
When was the last time you changed the hardware on your home exterior? Are your house numbers, light fixtures, and door handles the same ones that were in the house when you bought them? It is definitely time to replace them and give your home a new and attractive look. There are a lot of options out there for all of this, so you can easily find something that will go with your aesthetic. This is an affordable and easy way to boost your curb appeal.
Power Wash Your Home
Dirt and dust can build up on your home exterior over time, so take some time to power wash your home this spring. You will be amazed at how much of a difference this can make in your home’s curb appeal.
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About the Author
Auz Burger is a freelance writer and an expert in faux stone and brick veneer and home DIY projects. She has a BA from Washington State University and has been writing and editing professionally for over a decade.