28 04, 2021

Landscaping on a Budget

2021-07-09T15:17:54+00:00April 28th, 2021|General, Tips & Advice|

Upscale landscaping is one of the best ways to improve upon the exterior looks of your home. While we all crave an outside space worthy of Better Homes and Gardens, hiring a landscape designer and a fleet of gardeners for upkeep probably falls outside of the average budget.

When it comes to having a yard that will be the envy of your neighbors, there’s no need to break the bank. Here are a few tips to give your landscaping a boost on the cheap.

Perennials Are Your Friend

Rather than hassling with annuals which must be purchased and replanted each year, consider picking up some perennials on your next trip to the garden center. A good groundcover plant such as Creeping Periwinkle or Moss Phlox will spread on its own and provides the added benefit of crowding weeds out of your flowerbed.

What Lies Beneath

Speaking of weeds, nothing will ruin the look of your garden like unwanted pesky plants. Believe it or not, you probably have an effective remedy for weeds in your recycling bin right now. A layer of cardboard spread under mulch will keep weeds from poking through to the surface. Cardboard is also naturally biodegradable, making this cost-saving remedy a great look for the planet, too.

Make Your Landscaping Work for You

Saving room in your flowerbed or planters for edible plants will put money back into your pocket by helping to cut down on the grocery bill. The vines of sweet potato or squash plants are as pleasing to the eye as their fruits are delicious.

Plant a Tree

Create a lasting impact on the looks of your yard by planting a tree. Though relatively inexpensive to purchase, a well-kept tree could grow into a centerpiece of your property that can be enjoyed for generations.

Upcycle

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15 04, 2021

Curb Appeal: Five Simple Tips to Help Your House Stand Out

2021-09-28T16:49:32+00:00April 15th, 2021|General, Tips & Advice|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to selling your home, first impressions are everything. If a house doesn’t look inviting and well-kept from the outside, prospective buyers may not give a second look. To put your best foot forward and increase your chance of making a sale, curb appeal is the name of the game. Follow these simple tips and your house is sure to make an impression from the very first glance.

The Door is Key

The front door of your home can be the ideal place to add a splash of eye-catching color. Go with a bold tone, but just be sure that whatever hue you choose matches the overall color-scheme of your house’s exterior. Consider painting shutters and other accents to match and put your look over the top.

So Fresh, So Clean

An afternoon with a pressure washer can do wonders for your home’s appearance. From gutters and siding to walkways and even the driveway, use a pressure washer to blast away built-up grime with ease. Potential buyers are sure to be impressed with the sparkling results.

Consider Lighting

Solar lights are affordable and widely available at most garden centers and home improvement stores. Placed along either side of a walkway, these provide one of the simplest means to improve the look of your outdoor space. Consider upgrading dated outdoor electrical fixtures (porch lights, lamp posts, etc.) for even greater effect.

Plant Power

Flower boxes or a hanging planter can add much-needed freshness and color to a porch. A seasonal wreath will also bring a touch of nature to your doorway. Likewise, potted plants in attractive planters will compliment the looks of any home. Most importantly, be sure that all landscaping is well maintained and free of any blighted or unsightly plant material.

Finishing Touches

Small touches like an updated door […]