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Curb Appeal

Spring time brings with it a desire to improve your home.  Something about this season inspires the need for change and improvement.  Giving your home “curb appeal” is one of the most important projects of home improvement.  A beautiful and well-maintained landscape makes a home aesthetically beautiful.  The great thing about landscaping is that you can change it up each year. You can take away anything that doesn’t work and add new plants.

According to designers, builders, and realtors, great landscaping is an aesthetic requirement of a beautiful home.  It’s also a great creative activity for the entire family.  In addition, the effort you put into your home now could result in a quick sale if you ever decide you want to sell it down the road.  Here are a few tips for adding curb appeal this spring season.

You should plan ahead.  Many plants and flowers need to be planted a season ahead.  When planting your landscape, you will more than likely not get the full effect until the following season.

Make sure the landscape you select will coincide with your lifestyle.  Before you decide which plants you want, keep in mind that your time and energy are required for certain landscapes.  Do you travel often?  Do you enjoy spending your weekends working on your lawn?  Does your budget allow you to hire a professional lawn service?  These are things to consider with elaborate landscapes.  If you can do it on your own, then the sky is the limit.  If you can’t remember the more work your landscape requires, the more you will pay for the service.

Accentuate the style of your home.  If you live in a contemporary home, symmetrical features, trendy flowers, meandering curves and stepping stones can create a modern and inviting effect.  For colonial or classical styles, try evergreen shrubs, rose gardens, fountains, and small ponds to compliment your home.

Pick a focal point for your landscape.  Drive through a neighborhood known for luscious landscapes and aesthetic features and take notes.  What aspects catch your attention?  Whether it is colorful flowerbeds or well-landscaped tree sets, choose one focal point.  Then build your theme around it.  You can do the same for your backyard.

Include your entire family on this project.  This can be a great way to bond and learn together.  This is also a great learning experience for children.  It’s also a great way to get quality family time.

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