CREATING CURB APPEAL!
Whether just planning to stay or selling your house,
achieving curb appeal can be difficult. If you take the following steps you are
guaranteed to create an appealing first impression.
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manmade items, like yard ornaments, and plastic fencing.
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Edge your shrub
and flower beds in an interesting wayâ€¦.curvyâ€¦ and wrap them around the corner
of the house. Most homeowners use the house as a guide and make the beds 3 feet
away from the house and only take them to the edge of the house. Try using a
garden hose to make an outline for the edge of the bedâ€¦..and keep working at it
until you get it curved the way you want it. Then, using a can of white spray
paint mark the curved line to create an outline that will help when digging.
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Raised beds are
more attractive than flat bedsâ€¦.so add topsoil to boost the height of the
bedsâ€¦or at least add extra mulch to give your beds some height.
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planning the shrubs and flowersâ€¦.choose only several and repeat over and over. This
will create a consistent cohesive look to your front garden areas. It is
important to use only two colors when planting flowers. Using many assorted
colors only creates a busy cluttered look.
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Add at least 3-4
inches of mulch to your beds. This not only cuts down on weedsâ€¦..but it â€œbeefsâ€
up the look of your beds.
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Make sure the
walkway is as wide and un-obstructed as possible.
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Edge a clean line
around all the beds.
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Paint the front
door and shutters a fresh coat of paint.
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Tidy up any â€œout
of controlâ€ tree or shrub branchesâ€¦.and trim any shrubsÂ that obstruct the view from the inside
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Add a nice urn or
large pot filled with a shrub or flowers next to the frontÂ
to create visual interest near the entryway.
Â Â Â Â 11. Powerwash
Â Â Â Â 12. Add
a new and fresh mat to the entryway.