Curb Appeal – Landscaping Choices For New Home Design

You may have always heard the old adage that “first impressions” are the ones that count most – and this is all too true when it comes to curb appeal and your home. If you are designing a new home, or revamping your existing home (perhaps to put it on the market), then you must add some curb appeal in order to make your home a stand out in the neighborhood. Landscaping choices can go a long way towards adding curb appeal – which means that lawn maintenance and lawn care has taken on a whole new importance.
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rGo For a Healthy Lawn
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rJust like a bright smile is a sign of health, a beautiful, healthy, green lawn that is lush and full, yet manicured, is a sign of a well-kept home. Whip your lawn into shape by using fertilizer, weed eliminator, and good techniques with edging to add maximum curb appeal.
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rChoose Contrasting Plants
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rThe plants around your lawn can make or break the appearance of the lawn, and give it an inviting look. Choose plants that contrast with the mulch you are using for maximum visual impact; as an example, if your plants are dark and rich, then choose light mulch and dark mulch for light colored plants.
rCurb Appeal Tip: Choose Plants by Foliage, Not Flowers
rWhile flowers are beautiful and can add some nice curb appeal, they don’t last very long. To get the most for your money, choose plants and landscaping that have beautiful, dark foliage instead.
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rKeep it Manicured
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rWhen we want to make a good impression, we make sure our appearances are manicured. The same is true for your lawn. Mow it, trim it, edge it, and clip it – including your lawn, trees and plants – to get the most curb appeal.
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rDon’t Go Over the Top
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rKeep your landscaping simple and clean, don’t overdo it. One of the obvious disadvantages to “too much” landscaping is that it is harder to maintain properly. Likewise, it creates visual clutter that may detract from your home. You want your home and your property to be inviting, but too much landscaping can actually be intimidating – especially if you’re trying to sell your house. Who wants to trim two acres of hedge? That might be an exaggeration, but never do more landscaping than you are comfortable with maintaining regularly.
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rOther Exterior Concerns
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rBesides your landscaping, there are other concerns for the outside of your property that you should take into consideration when it comes to adding curb appeal. Obviously, you want a great walk way to the front exterior. Make sure the walk way is uncluttered and laid out well. The driveway to the home should be in excellent shape (no “pot” holes or cracks). The exterior lighting should be clean and in good working order as well.
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rWhen you take these considerations and put them into action, you’ll find that enhancing your home’s curb appeal is easier than ever.

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