If your home’s exterior is lacking curb appeal, it may be time to invest in landscape improvements that will bring your home back to life. A well-maintained landscape can add visual interest and exciting ambiance to a tired front yard.
Create an Inviting Entrance
Your home should reflect a warm, inviting atmosphere for guests. With proper landscape design and planning, you can create a welcoming entrance that makes guests feel comfortable as they approach your home. Create a beautiful walkway in natural stone, brick, slate, flagstone or concrete, then border it with plants and colorful flowers for stunning appeal. When selecting a walkway material, choose a shape, texture and color that compliments the architectural features on your house. For safety, add pathway lighting that illuminates the walkway and motion detectors for the eaves of the house.
Create a Well-Maintained Appearance
Overgrown trees and hedges can block the view of your house from the street and hide interesting architectural features. They can quickly ruin your home’s curb appeal by making your property look ill-maintained or even vacant. A landscape that’s overgrown will restrict natural light and warmth into your home and prevent your view through front windows. Overgrown trees, shrubs and hedges can also present safety issues, especially when they’re near windows and doors. According to home safety statistics, burglaries occur most often in homes with a lot of overgrowth because it provides a great hiding place for the thieves.
Create Visual Interest and Ambiance
If your home’s exterior lacks color, adding flowers and foliage will increase visual interest and appeal. Create an interesting front yard landscape by combining a variety of trees, shrubs and plants in different sizes, shapes, textures and colors. You can combine colorful flowers in beds with trees and shrubs to create good depth and height in the yard. A variety of border plants along driveways, walkways and pathways will create interesting texture and color on the way to your front door. By using a variety of plants and flowers that bloom at different times during the year, you can add year-round color to your home.
Many landscape projects are easy, DIY jobs that can be done over a weekend. If you can’t tackle them yourself, talk to a professional landscape contractor and find out more about the benefits of increased curb appeal and property value with a beautiful landscape.