One of the most important, and yet often overlooked, aspects of your home is the front yard, which also happens to be the part everyone sees first. Whether you're happily invested in your home for the long-term or are thinking about selling it in the near future, it never hurts to put some time and elbow grease into it each year.
Here are the best and most economical ways to make your front yard shine year after year.
Say Buh-Bye To Weeds
One the fastest and easiest ways to refresh your front yard is to spend an afternoon whacking and pulling every weed in sight. You can also apply some gluten pre-emergent herbicide to help destroy weeds before they take root. If you have any weeds popping up in the driveway, a solution of vinegar with a bit of dish soap can work wonders without harming the environment. Why dish soap? It helps the vinegar adhere to the plant longer, making it more effective.
Refresh What You Already Have
You don't necessarily have to buy new mulch to have that freshly landscaped look. Simply grab a rake and flip over the mulch, because usually the pieces that aren't directly exposed to the elements are generally still quite fresh. In less time than it takes you to brew a pot of coffee, you can have that natural, earthy look in your garden again.
Spruce Things Up With Trees
Trees can actually have a great impact on your property's value, so long as they're the right type and in the right place. Most saplings are less than $15 dollars at your local nursery, but can add over $1000 to your property value after they mature. The best types of trees to consider are smaller ones that add a burst of color each spring. Timberline Landscaping, a local landscaper, recommends Flowering Crab Apple, Hawthorne, Japanese Lilac, and Newport Plum, just to name a few.
If you're living in an HOA community, it's best to check the association's rules regarding landscaping, as some can include regulations regarding size, placement, and species of plants.
Plant Perennials For Long-Term Benefits
For those new to the gardening game, perennials are a great choice. Plant some of these beauties and you can enjoy their blossoms year after year. The top portion of the plant with grow, thrive, and eventually die each year, then start the whole process over again next spring. Drought-resistant plants are a great choice, and they can be just as aesthetically pleasing as bright bulbs and vibrant petals.
Reduce Your Garden's Dependence On Water
If you're new to Colorado Springs, you may have noticed that most homes have a split between grass, rock gardens, and mulch in the front and back yards. Due to the dry climate in Colorado Springs, water is cautiously conserved each year, which often results in watering restrictions for outdoor usage. Less lawn means that each property will, ideally, require less water to maintain it.
That being said, you can still have a lush garden without drastically increasing your water usage. Opt for naturally occurring perennials that can thrive in our dry climate, and try to work in succulents in your rock garden!
Freshen Up the Front of the House
Cleaning and making small home improvements can make a big difference. Start by power washing your home's siding. When choosing a power washer, check that the model you're using will not damage your home's exterior. If your home is painted, a power washer may remove the paint. If this is the case, use a sponge and a regular hose to clean the outside of the home.
Repainting your front door is a great weekend project that can make your home look attractive to buyers. When choosing a paint color, match the door to the rest of your house. Paint samples on a piece of wood or a board to ensure that the shade you choose is right for your home. Don't be afraid of colors that pop, like a bright yellow or an exciting orange. These colors can make your home look warm and cheerful.
Looking for more ways to boost your home's value without spending a fortune? We can help with that! As your Colorado Springs Realtors®, we'd be happy to sit down with you and discuss your options. For more information about the Colorado Springs real estate market, send us a message or give us a call at 719-338-7294 today for more information.
Lauren Schneider, Real Estate Agent and Military Relocation Professional (MRP)
Lauren Schneider has lived in Colorado Springs for nearly 20 years and knows that the military is what keeps this town ticking, which is one of the reasons she's chosen to pursue her dream of helping military families with all of their homebuying needs. Learn more about Lauren or start your home search now.