How to Landscape

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A welcoming front yard landscape is one of the most important factors in creating your home's unique personality. This is especially important when you're trying to sell your home. A few simple, inexpensive fixes can add zip and interest so prospective buyers will want to take a second look.

Preliminary Cleanup

  • Pick up all debris, toys, branches old pots and planters and everything else that doesn't belong in the front yard.

  • Pull out all the tall weeds and dead plants in flower beds, planters and window boxes.

  • Prune and trim any shrubs and plants to make them look neat throughout your landscape.

  • Mow the lawn and edge the flower beds.

  • Sweep the porch, steps, driveway and sidewalk.

Add The Finishing Touches

  • Purchase several bags of bark dust or mulch or have a load delivered if the area is large. Buy enough to cover all the front beds in a 2 to 3 inch depth to create a clean landscape.

  • Lay several thicknesses of newspaper on all the flower beds, entirely covering any remaining small weeds. If the flower beds look too small or are misshapen, use the newspapers to enlarge the area or change the shape of the bed.

  • Sprinkle the newspapers lightly with water to keep them in place.

  • Spread bark dust or mulch over all the newspaper in the flower beds, at least 2 to 3 inches thick, making sure to cover all the newspaper. Water the mulched beds to settle the dust and keep the bark in place.

  • Estimate how many small, blooming plants you will need to make the front yard look cheerful and full of color. Purchase potted plants, such as impatiens or petunias, making sure all of them are full of blooms and buds and are healthy-looking. Choose bright colors to give the landscape a bold punch.

  • Tuck the plants, pots and all, into the bark dust. Be sure the pots are completely hidden under the bark, and keep them well watered. If you keep the plants watered, they will bloom and thrive throughout the season, adding interest to your yard.

  • Paint the front door if it looks tired and worn using a new, bright color. Touch up the paint around windows, shutters, planters, pots and window boxes to give them a new look to compliment your landscape.

  • Keep the front lawn mowed and water it often to keep the grass green. Keep plants watered and don't forget to water the pots, planters and window boxes too. Stand back and admire your work and wait for prospective buyers!

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