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Last Updated on June 22, 2018 by Diane Hoffmaster
With the onset of spring comes an intense need to get my yard cleaned up. After months of neglect, the grass, trees, and shrubs are all screaming for some attention. My teenage son is thrilled to start some spring yard care since it means that he can once again get paid for mowing the lawn. It's a chore that neither my husband nor I really enjoy. Paying the boy to do it is a win/win for all of us! If you are wondering what sort of chores you need to tackle this month to increase curb appeal, here are a few things to get started on. I will include a few affiliate links for items that you may find helpful.
Spring Yard Care Tips to Increase Curb Appeal
I try hard to find a balance between the cheap and easy stuff and the pricier, more time-consuming chores. Remember, everything doesn't have to be done at the same time. Spread out your spring yard care over the course of a month or so. You are not a super gardener! If you want to increase curb appeal to your home before you sell, you might be on a tighter schedule. In this case, consider hiring someone to help. You will probably be able to ask a bit more for your home if you have a nicely organized and designed yard to offer. Here are a few ways to get started on improving your yard this spring. Remember to keep clutter out of your yard. It helps improve curb appeal as well as keep spiders out of the house!
Improve Your Lawn
I am not a perfectionist when it comes to my lawn but green grass definitely catches people's eyes. Rake up fall leaves, mow the grass, trim the edges of your landscaping, and add some fertilizer and/or weed killer. I try to do things as naturally as I can around our home and yard. Consider buying a reel mower, compost bin, and organic lawn fertilizer. You can watch your carbon footprint while you prep your yard for spring! Keeping your lawn mowed will also help keep snakes out of your yard.
Add Colorful Flowers
Want to increase curb appeal fast? You can plant flowers that are already bloomed and ready to go. Head over to your local nursery and buy flats of annuals to really draw the eye quickly. If you have no interest in selling your home soon, you have more flexibility. You can plant spring bulbs that will bloom in late summer. You can also go with some wildflower seeds that will give your home a colorful yet slightly wild look to it. I like perennial bulbs since they come back every year and require much less work from me every spring.
Edge Your Landscaping
To give your lawn a more 'finished' look to it, consider some simple edging along the barriers between your lawn and your landscaped areas. You can use simple plastic lawn edging which is relatively inexpensive or you can go with stone edging for a more professional look. I recommend heading to your local lawn and garden center if you want stone edging. There are so many options to choose from that you won't really know what you like until you see it. Make sure you buy a level. If you put in those stones crooked, it will bug you every time you look at it!
Don't Neglect Your Mailbox
Your mailbox may be a functional addition to your yard but it is front and center when people look at your house. Give your mailbox a fresh coat of paint. Plant a collection of flowers around it and add some edging. If your mailbox is in really rough shape, install a new mailbox instead of fixing up the old one. Or use mailbox covers to make it LOOK like a new mailbox. Sprucing up your mailbox is a simple weekend project that will increase curb appeal without costing a huge amount of money.
Consider Adding Outdoor Lighting
Busy schedules mean that people often arrive home after dark. Add lighting to walkways, driveways, and the exterior of your home for increased safety. Outdoor lighting does not have to involve electricians and complicated tools. Invest in outdoor solar lights for your yard. You can harness the power of the sun while you tackle your spring yard care.
Just a few weekends dedicated to spring yard care can really make a big difference in the curb appeal of your home. Set aside time every weekend to tack one or two simple projects and by summer, your yard will be a welcoming space to relax and soak up the sun!
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.