Enhancing the curb appeal of your house doesn't have to be expensive.
Wether you are interested in improving the look of your front yard for personal enjoyment or for selling your home, here are a few of my top recommendations.
This blog post is part of the Garden Designers RoundTable blog theme about "First Impressions."
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1. Mulch Your Garden Beds!
Nothing says "finished and well tended" than a garden that is weed-free and mulched.
There are a variety of mulch products that can be used in your garden from free pine leaves to decomposed granite to decorative recycled glass and more!
The horticultural benefits of adding mulch to your soil are undisputed- it helps to retard weed growth and aids in moisture retention in the soil.
I enjoy the decorative benefits of a rich colored top dressing for the soil.
If you have a small garden, you can buy bags (usually 1 to 2 cubic foot size) of your preferred mulch or order large scoops at your landscape center and have it delivered.
Prices vary according to your selection.
Standard, "nothing special redwood nuggets or shredded bark " can cost from $4 per 1.5 cu ft bag, more or less depending on where you live.
Inorganic pebbles and stone costs me approximately $10 dollars for a seventy-five-pound bag.
Apply mulch around your plants but avoid piling it up against the stems as this may encourage plant rot.
A two or three inch depth is adequate.
My favorite mulch for my Southern California garden are recycled peach pits and tumbled glass.
For in depth information read my post, "Mulch 101: The Art of Selecting the Perfect Garden Mulch."
I always say, "If your garden bed isn't mulched, it isn't finished yet!"
2. Add Potted Plants Near Your Front Door!
Even if you can't afford to relandscape your entire front yard, place a few colorful containers with fragrant flowers near your entry for impact.
Your eye will be drawn to this bright focal point.
Read my blog post "Creative Container Garden Ideas."
3.Paint Your Front Door An Accent Color!
I have to admit, if it weren't for the bright fushia-colored front door, this yard would look very boring!
The bougainvillea is captivating but it doesn't sport color year round.
Select a paint color that compliments the foliage or prominent plant color in your garden to unify house and landscape.
Painting a front door is a lot like putting on lipstick.
4. Beautify Your Mail Box!
Need I say more about the uplifting affect of a plant-filled mailbox?
I was contacted a few month ago by the designers of Creative Mailbox Planters, a company that specializes in mailbox planters.
What a great idea!
For around $80, you can have "practical art" in your front yard.
Take a look at their photo gallery.
(This is not a paid endorsement, but please feel free to send me some "swag!)
5. Hide Your Water Hose
This tall, elegant urn is hiding an ugly secret…a waterhose!
A water hose is a practical element in your garden that can become a decorative feature, if you conceal it.
This urn was on sale at Target for under $40 dollars. Not a bad deal.
Since I wasn't in the mood to spend ANY money, I repurposed a planter I had sitting around my yard.
I gave it a job.
The planter is shallow so I don't have to dive in to pull out the hose.
It also matches the style of the other planters in the garden.
Go Add Some Curb Appeal To Your Front Yard!
A few small details can make a big difference in adding curb appeal to your yard.
Always follow the path of least expense.
Mulch your soil, paint your front door, display some colorful planters, add decorative detail around the mailbox and hide your hose.
You get the idea.
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