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Friday, May 1st, 2020 by Art Ditzel
Most people's first impression of you is often based on their impression of your home's landscaping. As friends and family visit, the tone is set by how your yard looks as they pull up. When it comes to selling your home, all realtors will agree that if your landscape is a mess, your home will sell slower and for less.
Your landscape addition (or subtraction) to your home's curb appeal should be on the top of your to-do list. Maximizing the strengths of your landscape while minimizing its weakness is a great place to start. Regardless of your style or plant preferences, these five ideas will transform your front yard into a beautiful, attractive space. Take a peek at these sure-fire ways to improve your homes curb appeal.
The Path Home: As the front door is usually the main entrance to your home, make it warm and inviting. Make the transition natural and intuitive, so guests clearly know where to go. That may include a walkway or well planned out planters on either side of a curve.
The Colors: Vivid colors attracts the eye as well as interesting textures but be sure to use color plants that match or complement the colors of your home. For example, a blue house feels calm and collected accented by a collection of purple, pink, yellow, and white flowers. The red trim will pop with flowers in orange, bright yellow, and red.
It’s not all about the plants: Use secondary hardscape elements to help improve curb appeal. A deep sidewalk, for example, offers an opportunity for a wider flower bed as an accent. A bench provides a place for a gathering of shrubs and perennials.
Size and shape matter: If you have a large house with a flat front, pretty little flowers aren't the plants for curb appeal for you. Instead, use plants and repetitionâ —midsize shrubs to line a path, for example, a row of evergreens that are inspired by and complement the shape and size of the house. You will see the impact of a plant grouping that reflects the shape and lines of the house and walkways.
Seasonal Planning: A landscape that goes dormant in the winter will look foreboding and uninviting. The best curb appeal ideas include structural elements such as trees and shrubs, as well as materials that look good in spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
By keeping these things in mind, you can effectively dress up your home's exterior in a way that fits your style while also appealing to others. Use your home as a base for a full garden that just adds to the beauty of the landscape.
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