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How to Create Quick Curb Appeal

Updated on April 14, 2011

curb appeal

Your front yard represents you to all who pass by and most of us want to create a favourable impression. On the other hand there are many, I among them, who want their yards to say who we are and what we believe and the perfectly manicured waiting for tee time yard is not it.

Having said that, if your intent is to sell you home, you do want to create a strong impression on potential buyers, who will be impressed, either favorably or negatively by what they first encounter.

This first encounter is called curb appeal. In the later spring and summer it is fairly simple to add a few quick touches to enhance your property’s curb appeal. First, make sure the grass is cut and if it needs repair get that done. This is money and time well spent as many people want to see a well-kept front lawn.

If you do not have a flower garden, then consider adding a small annual bed. This will add beauty and colour to the site. You can even match or complement your house colours to the annuals you choose. In fact, you may want to select plants that bring out the trim and front door colour.

This brings us to an important point, paint. Make sure the paint job is recent. Peeling paint, dirty windows and a door that looks like it has seen better days all give an unfavorable first impression.

Solar lights that highlight the pathway or reflect back off of the shrubbery are also a good idea. Solar lighting kits are not that expensive but do not go too cheap as this will show.

If you live where winter brings snow then you need to give thought to selecting a shrub or two that provides winter beauty, either berries, leaves or bark that stand out will do the job. I like red osier dogwood. It is easy to install and easy to take car of, and when the red bark is contrasted against the white snow it is quite attractive, and can brighten a cold winter day.

Another option for winter beauty is ornamental grasses; these can stand alone and depending upon your choice may have attractive seed heads that feed the birds and look good at the same time.

None of these suggestions are expensive, nor do they take much time to do, so take a look at your front yard, see what greeting it is giving off and adjust appropriately.

red osier dogwood

Great choice for winter curb appeal courtesy flicker/ Noel Zia Lee
Great choice for winter curb appeal courtesy flicker/ Noel Zia Lee


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, well beauty nourishes the heart and mind, :-) thanks for dropping by.

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    Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    I love that red osier dogwood. Wonder if it would grow where I live. We recently landscaped our motley yard. It is a pleasure to view, even if we can no longer afford groceries, lol. Thanks, Bob!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Graden scupltures may be the answer. thanks for dropping by.

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    Wealthmadehealthy 8 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

    These are all great suggestions, but up here where I live, nothing will grow after about now...everything even the ornamentals are preparing for deep freeze time...They need to crossbreed a plant which will survive below zero temps...LOL Wonderful information!!!