Your home is your biggest investment, but while it’s tempting to focus on making the inside attractive and comfortable, the exterior needs your attention, too. The kind of outdoor beauty that makes you proud to call a property your own isn’t born, it’s made. It requires a commitment to good maintenance, an eye for design and a focus on detail. If your home's curb appeal needs a boost, try these three top tips.
Lawn Care & Maintenance
Lawn care and maintenance doesn’t have to be expensive or fussy, but experts agree that addressing dead spots on the lawn is a must. Whether it's suffered drought damage or has areas where greenery won’t grow because of shade or leaf drop, the remedy is simple.
For brown spots, remove any remaining thatch, and reseed the area with a grass seed that’s compatible with the rest of the lawn. New growth should show in a few weeks.
Invest in a fertilization and weed control program that includes annual core aeration and overseeding. This, along with proper mowing height, will ensure a lawn that gets noticed.
For areas with little no sunlight where nothing wants to grow, design in a special feature. Rock walls and artificial ponds are good choices. You can also consider growing an inexpensive shade garden with plants that thrive in less light. Remember that native gardens are designed to grow in the local climate. They are a great option for a beautiful, low-maintenance property.
Keep your plantings pruned or trimmed properly, according to plant type, and apply a fresh layer of mulch yearly. This not only adds to curb appeal but also protects your plants during the harsh winter weather we have here in the Riverbend Area.
Cover Outdoor Furniture
Everyone loves comfort in the great outdoors, but sun, rain, and pests aren’t kind to lawn and patio furniture. The good news is that there are different types of outdoor furniture covers to use to protect your furniture from the elements. Whether they’re decorative or utilitarian, however, they should share similar qualities.
For the best protection, choose covers that are waterproof and block UV rays. Look for integrated vents that allow air to circulate and keep mold and mildew at bay. Reinforced seams increase durability. If your outdoor furniture is an unusual size or shape, research custom covers.
Exterior lighting not only adds a measure of security to your home, but it also draws attention to its best features. A well-designed lighting plan will add a ton of curb appeal and make your house stand out.
Whether you plan to sell your home or grow old in it, curb appeal counts. With a little TLC and a minimal investment, you can make the outside of your home reflect the investment you've made in the interior. If exterior renovations are a bit too difficult for you to do or if time is a valuable asset, then hiring professionals could be a good option. A professional looking property will boost your curb appeal and will give a financial return on investment. Call Element Turf & Outdoor Solutions, LLC at (618) 467-7047 for estimates on increasing your property's curb appeal.