There aren’t any guidelines stating that improving the appearance of your front lawn and improving your home’s curb appeal must be expensive, difficult, or time consuming. (That is unless your HOA is really restrictive). Whether you’re prepping your home for a sale or simply want to have an attractive yard, there are three budget-friendly and simple ways to improve your front yard.
Make Sure Your Lawn is Properly Aerated
One of the mistakes you want to avoid making when it comes to beautifying your front lawn is assuming that it’s all about landscaping. The first step to boosting your lawn’s health is aerating the soil. Using a lawn aeration tool that punches small, three-inch deep holes in the soil eliminates years of damage caused by foot traffic and mowing. The aeration process not only improves the overall health of the entire lawn’s root bed but also allows excess water to drain. Your lawn will be greener, healthier, and no longer be prone to developing deep puddles and muddy patches. Most people find that aerating their lawn once every five years preserves its health
Mulch the Flower Beds
Don’t underestimate the power of fresh mulch. Adding fresh mulch to your flower beds is an affordable and simple way to improve your front yard. The great thing about the new mulch is that in addition to improving your home’s curb appeal, it also improves the health of your flowers and ornamental plants. Since a good layer of mulch discourages the growth of weeds while also increasing the length of time the flower beds stay moist, adding mulch ultimately turns into a real time saver. Ideally your mulch should be between three and four inches deep. After spreading the mulch over your flower bed, pull some away from the base of your plants so the stems don’t rot and can easily get water.
Incorporate Potted Plants into Your Landscape
Flower beds look nice but they’re also time consuming. If you don’t have the time needed to maintain attractive flowerbeds, you should seriously consider adding some potted plants to your front lawn. The potted plants generally require less care and can be used in such a way that they draw attention to your home’s front entrance and driveway. Feel free to get creative with your potted plants. Not only can you use a wide assortment of plants, but there is also an unlimited number of choices when it comes to pots. In order to make their yard more attractive, people have used whiskey barrels, old bathtubs, bicycles, and even old tires to incorporate potted plants into their landscaping projects.
With these simple methods you can easily improve your front lawn and boost your home’s curb appeal. If you have extra time or funds to continue the enhancement, consider painting the fence, regularly mowing the yard and power washing your driveway and sidewalks. Just schedule a little time each weekend for one project and your home will look beautiful and inviting.