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House Suffering from Cringeworthy Curb Appeal? 4 Strategies for Landscaping Your Front Yard

Written by Posted On Monday, 11 February 2019 07:51

The outside of your house is the first thing that guests see when they walk up to your door. Moreover, it's the first aspect of your home that you see whenever you come home. Ugly or untidy landscaping can have serious ramifications for the overall aesthetic of your house. If you want to make it more presentable, you need to fix your landscaping. Here are four strategies that you can use to make your home more presentable. 

Cut Down the Overgrowth
One of the first things that you should do is get rid of any overgrown bushes. You might just need to trim them back, or you might have to pull them out if they've outgrown their space. The same is true for any trees that are dropping a lot of leaves, buds, or branches. For instance, if you have a hickory tree that drops a lot of nuts, this can make your lawn look messy. Don't be afraid to trim back or remove plants that aren't serving the overall aesthetic of your yard. 

Create Borders 
If you have bushes in your yard, frame them with borders. Brick pavers are a classy way to add some definition to your landscaping. Another option is fieldstone. If neither of those options appeals to you, look at the colors and materials that are already on your house, and select one that would work well outside. Additionally, you can add mulch, stone, or any other variety of ground covering. 

Add Color with Plants
If you have some bare areas that would be enhanced with plants, think about adding some color. While some trees, such as flowering, fruit-bearing trees can add beauty, be careful about the varieties that you choose. For instance, crab apple trees are gorgeous when they bloom, but they only bloom for about a week. Then, you're stuck with tiny, inedible apples for the rest of the summer. Instead, choose a tree or bush that will add color but not be a nuisance later. Lilac is a great option as a border between yards because it smells and looks wonderful for a couple of weeks, and when it's done blooming, it doesn't leave a mess. 

Create a Pleasant Walkway 
If you have a sidewalk that leads to your front door, this is a prime place to plant small, flowering bushes. Ornamentation around the front walkway is a warm welcome to your home. Additionally, consider the walkway itself. Whether you use natural stone flooring or clay brick, make sure it works with the overall design of your home’s exterior.

When you're trying to spruce up your front yard, you need to think about what will be easy to maintain. Additionally, it’s important to consider what elements will create an inviting space to your guests or potential homebuyers. There are few things that will turn people away more than an untidy home façade. Conversely, when a home’s exterior and front lawn are tidy and beautiful, lush with natural elements, it’s hard to keep people away!

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Lizzie Weakley

 About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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