Tending to Your Garden Right Now for Curb Appeal
First impressions are always important, but particularly when you’re trying to sell your house, the way your home looks from the outside makes a lasting impression on potential buyers. Just as a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to brighten up the inside of your home, tending to your garden is an affordable way to spruce up the outside of your home. The better your home looks on the outside, the better your chances are to sell quickly. Here are some tips to liven up your garden for maximum curb appeal.
Diversify your plant portfolio
Get a nice mixture of shrubs, trees and flowers. Do a bit of research to see which plants last a season (annuals) and which will come back season after season (perennials). If you choose only one or two types of flower, your yard will look great when the flowers are blooming, but less than exciting for the remainder of the year. Create vivid colors for your garden that will give you different looks for different seasons. Ask a professional at your local nursery for advice on which plants to choose for a variety of colors throughout the year.
You will also need to know how much room each plant needs to grow so that you can space them out properly. Clueless about where to start? Invest in a landscape architect to plan out your garden. They can provide you with a list of plants and a plan for where to place them.
Clean house outside like you would inside
Rid your yard of weeds so that it looks neat and well-kept. Weeds are not only an eyesore, but they will steal much needed resources from your garden and choke out flowers and grass. Consider using weed killer and pull weeds that sprout in your garden immediately before they have the chance to spread.
If you have dead or dying plants, don’t try to salvage them – pull them up. Withering plants can really detract from the look of your landscaping. If your plants have fallen victim to disease, it’s best to get rid of them before it spreads to your new plants.
Rid your garden of creatures looking to devour all those freshly-planted delicacies. There are safe and effective animal repellants you can spray around your yard to keep creatures from nibbling your landscaping. If you know you have plenty of deer or rabbits in your neighborhood, you can ask your local nursery for suggestions of plants those animals don’t like to eat.
Don’t neglect the lawn
Your flowers and shrubs could be a Zen garden masterpiece, but if your grass looks bad, your garden probably won’t save your curb appeal. Keep the grass neatly trimmed, well-watered and weed-free. After mowing the lawn, sweep up lawn clippings to keep sidewalks and driveways clean. Fertilize and seed bare spots. If you’ve tried everything on your own and still aren’t seeing much success, invest in a lawn service to help you get your lawn looking as good as your new garden.
The professionals at the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team have seen hundreds of homes and a lot of curbs. Not sure if your curb appeal is up to snuff? Contact us. We’ll offer advice, get your home on the market and have it sold in as little time as possible.
Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.