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Last Updated on February 5, 2023 by Diane Hoffmaster
While it is still chilly outside, the daffodils are blooming and spring is on the way. 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. I decided to put together a list of spring yard care tips to increase curb appeal in the coming months.
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.
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 the curb appeal of 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 them. 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.
Line pathways with solar lights and light up your garden at night. This will add an extra layer of security while you’re away on vacation or out of town for the weekend. Plus, your home will look like a beautiful oasis when you get home in the evenings.
Make an Inviting Seating Area
Creating an outdoor seating area that is comfortable will encourage your family and friends to spend time outdoors. Invest in quality furniture that won't need to be replaced too soon. If you don’t have the budget for expensive patio furniture, there are DIY options available - just make sure to choose durable materials like wood or metal.
Display House Numbers
Make sure your house numbers are clearly displayed and well-lit so visitors, delivery personnel, or emergency services can easily find your home. Illuminated house numbers will allow guests to locate your home in the dark if they happen to arrive late.
Install Window Boxes
Adding window boxes to your windows adds a touch of charm and character to the exterior of your home. If you don't have a green thumb, opt for artificial plants or flowers that are just as beautiful and will require less maintenance. This is also a great way to add color and personality to your home's exterior.
Clean and Pressure Wash Your Home
Regularly cleaning the exterior of your home can help keep it looking great and up to date. Pressure washing is especially helpful for vinyl, wood, or stucco-sided homes. If you don't have a pressure washer, you can also rent one from most hardware stores.
This will effectively remove dirt and grime from your house's exterior, as well as moss and mildew. It will make a huge difference in your home's appearance and make it look like new!
Paint the Front Door
Painting your front door is a great way to give your home some personality and make it stand out from the rest. Be sure to use high-quality paint that is designed to withstand outdoor conditions. You can also choose any color you like, as long as it complements the other colors on your home's exterior.
Update Shutters and Window Trim
Adding trim and shutters to your windows will instantly make them look more stylish and inviting. You can also choose from a variety of styles, colors, and materials so that it matches the rest of your home's aesthetic. This is a great way to give your home an updated look without having to do any major renovations.
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 on one or two simple projects and by summer, your yard will be a welcoming space to relax and soak up the sun! Have any other spring yard care chores to share?
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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.
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