Boost Your Curb Appeal!

It’s that time of year again…
Everyone is carving pumpkins, picking out costumes, going on hayrides, going to haunted houses, eating candy, hosting spooky parties, watching the colors of leaves change and feeling like a kid no matter what your age may be.

What NOT to do for curb appeal.

But, if you are trying to sell your home, try to forget about adorning your lawn with skeletons, pumpkins, ghosts and goblins. Curb appeal is crucial when selling your home. Below is an article from Better Homes and Gardens that tell you what to do to create great curb appeal. And everyone at Elaine Brabahm and Associates, LLC would love to wish everyone a happy.. but spooky.. Halloween!!

Boost Your Curb Appeal!

Wow your guests (and neighbors) with a front yard landscape that leaves a lasting impression. We have design tips to boost your curb appeal from the boulevard to the front door!

-Have a Showstopping Landscape

-Dress up Your Boulevard

-Create a Memorable Front Walk

-Add Color and Texture

1. Have A Showstopping Landscape!

       Fill It with Flowers

    Planting colorful bloomers is a surefire way to make your yard feel more welcoming. Use bold, bright hues to create a big impact even if you don’t have a lot of space

    Leave Space to Entertain

    Another great way to give your yard a more welcoming feel is to add a patio. Just like the front porches of days gone by, you can sit back and wave to neighbors while enjoying a cold glass of lemonade on a summer evening.

      Dress Up Your Walkway

    Transform your front walk into a stylish statement by edging it in easy-care plants such as variegated hosta and boxwood. Conjure even more magic by putting a gentle curve in the path; it will offer your walkway with a soft, gentle look.

    Beautify a Slope

    Grassy slopes can be hard to maintain, so turn your front-yard hillside into a beautiful display and keep it easy to care for by covering the slope with your favorite plants. The plantings rising up to the house make a home appear grander

      Let Nature be Your Guide

    Answer the call of the wild in your yard simply by following nature’s lead. Select plants and other landscape materials native to your region. The birds and butterflies your front yard attracts will enchant you and your guests.

    Go Green

    Plant a variety of evergreens to keep your yard looking classically beautiful through all the seasons. Choose from a wide range of evergreens, including groundcovers, dwarf shrubs, and large trees. Plus, their foliage offers a wealth of textures and colors.

      Create a Buffer

    Pack a small front yard with medium-size plants to help shield the home from street noise. Growing a variety of plants makes the yard look larger by giving your eye more textures, colors, and shapes to look at.

2. Dress Up Your Boulevard

      Use Layers in the Garden
      Some of the best gardens use layering — where you combine layers of plants that grow at different heights. This is a great example; the white alyssum and purple-leafed lobelia in the front set the stage for taller tulips and butterfly flower, which are in turn backed by society garlic and a wall topped by glowing pink bougainvillea.

      Curves are much more appealing to the eye than straight lines. So give your sidewalk garden an extra bit of pizzazz with flowing curves. Here, the strip of turf between the street and the garden helps set off the planting wonderfully. And it gives folks a place to step when they get out of their cars. If your area is big enough, you could also do the same thing between the planting and the sidewalk.

      Make the Most of Your Space

      A sidewalk garden doesn’t have to take up a lot of room. This is a great example of how you can pack in color and texture in just a little space; with only about a foot between the fence and the sidewalk, this garden is filled with tall, narrow plants such as these pink and white foxglove, purple delphinium, and a climbing rose to attach to the fence. Tall, narrow plants are a great way to maximize narrow spots.

    1. Create Interest with Curves Grow a Cutting GardenEven though they take up little real estate, small-space sidewalk gardens can be great for growing your own cut flowers. Here, foxgloves, roses, and a host of other flowers are perfect for dressing up the front of the house and dropping in a vase for a great hostess gift or table decoration.

    3. Create a Memorable Front Walk

    Try a Classic Look

      A picket fence surrounds this dooryard and makes a great backdrop for a summer show of red and yellow roses and a variety of perennials. The cottage-style planting is repeated along the foundation.

    Make a Boundary

      Blooms planted in a cottage garden right beside the sidewalk allow passersby to enjoy the flowers up close. Tuck fragrant plants, such as roses, lilies, and herbs, along walkways for extra sensory appeal.

      Frame It with Flowers

      Take advantage of a porch by framing it with flowers. A few pockets of bright-color blooms help this tiny front yard hold lots of interest without feeling cramped.

    Soften a Wall

      Dress up a wrought-iron gate with a wardrobe of annuals and perennials, such as yellow daisies and purple petunias. As a result, your yard will feel much more open and inviting.

    4. Add Color and Texture

    Pebbles and Plantings

      A landscape relies on no-fuss design and pretty plant accents.

      – Dark gray pebbles surround paving stones for a no-mow, easy-care landscape accent.

      – A series of irregularly placed, large-scale pavers offers a minimalist path.

      – Instead of relying on edging such as mulch that needs to be replaced every season, slim stones provide a solid boundary.

      – Large swaths of a few carefully selected native plants such as coneflower, liatris, and black-eyed Susan, as well as ornamental grass keep the planting uncomplicated.

      – Conifers at the back edge of the yard offer year-round color and visual interest.

    Bountiful Bed

      A congenial grouping of perennials and annuals dresses up a narrow flowerbed.

      – Easy-care doesn’t mean boring. In fact, if you reserve your garden efforts for a few extra touches, you can make a distinct impact, such as adding canna or other heat-resistant, summer-flowering bulbs.

      – Annuals are a great way to provide pops of color during the summer without having to worry about prepping the plants for winter. Begonia and lantana both fit the bill in this narrower bed.

      – Structural plants such as ornamental grasses provide a play of color and maintain visual interest during autumn and fall.

      – Maintenance is easier with garden beds that are accessible from both sides. Otherwise, add pavers through the bed at regular intervals to make weeding and deadheading easier.

      – A defined edge that uses materials (even simple rubber tubing) to prevent grass and weeds from entering the garden bed can save hours of tending.

      For more CURB APPEAL tips visit the Better Homes and Gardens website!


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