How to Transform Your Front Yard With Curb Appeal Landscaping
Your front yard is likely the first thing people notice when they come to your house. What do you want them to see?
Whether you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, or you just want to improve your property, these curb appeal landscaping tips will help you beautify, organize, and transform your yard.
The Effect of Landscaping on Property Value
Nothing beats a stellar first impression. A beautiful landscape broadens the living space of your home into the yard and signals to potential buyers that your home has been well cared for.
In fact, a Virginia Tech survey found that, when done right, an investment in landscaping can significantly increase a home’s value, especially when the landscape design is sophisticated and includes a pleasing variety of plants. According to the survey, large deciduous and evergreen plants are great choices, as are annual color plants.
Front Yard Landscaping Ideas
If you’re ready to add some curb appeal to your front yard, where should you begin? These are our top tips:
Get Your Lawn in Shape
Use a Creative Eye
Stand out front on the street or sidewalk and look at your yard. Inspect it with the same mindset you’d use if you were redecorating your living room.
What’s missing? What looks too messy? Is the yard too bare? Too cluttered? What would make your yard look fresher, more balanced, and more aesthetically pleasing overall?
For example, you might want to:
Plant bushes or trees in sparse areas
Add color with a well-placed flower bed
Remove or cut back plants that are growing out of control
One thing that can really help is to place flowers or other small plants near your porch and in front of your home’s foundation.
Tree & Shrub Pruning
If your yard doesn’t have trees or shrubs, consider planting some. The right tree in the right place can add curb appeal and increase the value of your home. According to the USDA Forest Service, healthy, mature trees add an average of 10% to a property’s value.
The location of the tree is important, though. Big tree roots can eventually damage driveways, sidewalks, sewer lines, and even your home if the tree isn’t planted in a good spot, so it’s worth consulting an expert before you plant.
Flower Beds and Other Plants
Groomed flower beds and other plants add finesse to practically any front yard. They also show potential buyers that you’ve put effort into maintaining your property. You might want to add a splash of color and a pleasant aroma with rose bushes, rhododendrons, or even lavender. Or you may want to keep it minimal with a tranquil, leafy green theme.
If you want to keep it low maintenance, stick to plants that grow well locally.
Tips for good bed care:
Start with good soil that’s well tilled before planting
Use fertilizer and compost to encourage plants to grow
Follow the recommended watering schedule for each plant you choose
Get rid of weeds regularly
Even when your landscape is well maintained and your plants are perfectly cared for, a little extra cleanup will take your yard from nice to stunning.
This means raking up fall leaves and other debris, and washing away dirt from surfaces like stepping stones and the driveway.
Another common issue is the dreaded moss problem. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it tends to grow like crazy on lawns, driveways, and steps.
Controlling moss can be a challenge, but it can hugely boost your curb appeal.
We’d Love to Help
We hope these tips give you some ideas for beautifying your yard and increasing your property’s value. Curb appeal landscaping is one of our specialties, and we offer a variety of services, including all the ones mentioned in this post.
Whether you’re looking for a full-service landscaping package or basic maintenance, we can help. Give us a call!