Nearly every homeowner cares about their curb appeal. Maximizing your yard’s attributes and minimizing its problems to create a beautiful street-side view doesn’t have to be difficult, daunting, or expensive.
Here are eight ideas to transform your front yard into a beautiful, attractive space.
1. Introduce outdoor lighting
An easy way to showcase your home and any landscaping you have done is to introduce outdoor lighting to your property.
Fortunately, there are various landscaping lighting ideas out there:
- If you wish to highlight a single item in your garden like a statue, gazing ball or fountain, consider using a few landscape lighting fixtures with lower intensity bulbs. Place these at various angles and distances.
- Landscape lights that make soft spots of light are good for garden paths. Space the lights at equal distances along the path you want illuminated.
- Blue tinted lights allow for a moonlight-type mood in your garden landscape.
Besides allowing the property to remain visible in the evening, outdoor lighting also makes your home more safe, secure, inviting and friendly, much to the delight of both your family and your guests.
2. Edge the paths
To transform your mundane yard into an open, welcoming space, you could install borders along the driveway and the walkways using easy to find edging materials like stones, pavers, flagstones, and bricks.
You could even try combining a variety of edging materials, to create colorful, texture-rich, beautiful designs.
3. Revamp the mailbox
Many property owners spend too much time and resources upgrading the interior of the home, but they always seem to neglect the mailbox.
Ironically, the mailbox is one of the first features that guests on the property encounter. Make a good first impression by giving your mailbox a much-needed face-lift. You could repaint the box and replace the post with a new sturdy one, or you could opt for the more durable stone or brick columns, to complement your home’s style.
4. Add flowers
One of the most dramatic improvements you can make to your landscape is flowers. Instead of just sticking with the tradition of growing flowers in front of the house and along sidewalks, consider bolder options like growing them on raised garden beds, in flower boxes, berms, and on hanging baskets.
5. Establish a berm
If you have a relatively flat and uninterrupted lawn, you could build a berm to breathe some life and excitement to it.
Berms are a convenient way of adding color to the property by using trees, plants, stones or even mulch. The fun thing about them is that they have soft and curving edges, making it possible for you to come up with interesting, innovative shapes and designs.
The flexibility also makes it viable for you to add aesthetic improvements without making any significant structural changes to the property.
6. Conceal the dead spots
Even though plants are an effective solution for enhancing a property’s curb appeal, sometimes they can just do the opposite. Robust trees are famous for hogging all of the water and essential nutrients in the soil, causing those areas to have ugly dead spots.
When faced with such a challenge, you can attempt to restore the grass or look for flowers that can thrive in such a shaded setting and plant them around the base of the trees.
7. Turn to the color wheel
The color of your house should be a consideration in choosing plants to landscape for curb appeal. For example, a blue house feels calm and collected accented by a collection of purple, pink, yellow, and white flowers. Red trim will pop with flowers in orange, bright yellow, and red.
Learn more about using the color wheel in the garden.
8. Think through the seasons
A landscape that goes dormant in the winter will look foreboding and uninviting. A landscape with curb appeal includes structural elements such as trees and shrubs, as well as materials that look good in spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
Adding curb appeal to your house not only makes it easier to sell, but it also gives your house that nice and finished look in which you can take pride in. For more landscaping tips, follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.