Increase Curb Appeal By Planning Your Landscapes

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Although the home's appearance is a big factor, the choice, arrangement and condition of your yard and landscape also make a difference. This is where gardening comes in.
When you think about it, curb appeal is just as important for a house that's not for sale as it is to ones on the market. We all want our front landscapes to look nice.
From a gardening point of view, there are four areas that combine to create curb appeal: trees (shade and small ornamental), shrub plantings, the use of color and the condition of the lawn.
However, A neatly maintained front yard with little or no landscaping may be more appealing than a landscaped front yard that is overgrown and not properly cared for. Don't create a landscape that needs more time and attention than you have to give it.
Simple and neat is ALWAYS better than complicated and messy.
Other tips to make your lawn the talk of your block: 
During summer, try mowing weekly to maintain best quality. Fertilize lawns to encourage a healthy color and vigorous growth, and water as needed during extended dry periods to prevent drought stress. Monitor and promptly deal with pest problems, such as weeds, insects and diseases.
Be sure to care for and maintain mature trees in a landscape.  The added visual beauty can significantly increase the value of a property. They also provide critical shade to outdoor living areas and our homes (reducing cooling bills in summer). Even a small, recently planted tree is appealing for the promise of things to come.
Now is an ideal time to consider tree planting.  Think carefully and or how many you need.
In addition to larger-growing shade trees, smaller ones, particularly those that flower, can have visual impact.
Small trees often look great planted at the corners of the house to "frame" it from the street. Be sure not to plant them too close; even small trees should be planted 8 to 10 feet away from the home.
If larger trees have low branches that block the view of the house, prune them to raise the canopy. This will visually lighten the trees and allow the house to be more in view from the curb.
Shrubs can create foundation plantings and, with careful selection, can provide colorful flowers during spring, summer, fall and winter. Make sure you choose compact-growing shrubs that will not get more than 3 or 4 feet tall.
Select shrubs that will grow well in the light conditions present, and plant them into well-prepared beds built up 6 to 8 inches higher than the lawn level. Evergreen shrubs provide a more consistent attractive appearance year round than deciduous shrubs, and should provide the majority of your shrub plantings.
Nothing draws the eye like bright, colorful flowers. Small trees and shrubs can be a low-maintenance source of year-round color. But we generally provide the major color impact in front yards with bedding plants.
Don't forget to choose a guiding color scheme. A few colors harmoniously combined will have far more impact than a jumble of many colors.
Also when viewing beds from the street, individual colors planted in large masses will provide far more stunning results.
Large containers full of blooming bedding plants also draw the eye to the house.
A little bit of careful planning now will improve the look, value and appeal of your most prized investment, your home.  
If you require a little bit of help, feel free to contact us.


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