Home Sellers: 7 Ways to Make Your Landscape Pop This Spring

Posted on Apr 18 2019 - 3:36pm by Housecall


By Katie Kuchta

Homes with great curb appeal typically have a well-maintained yard. Taking the time and energy to create a beautiful garden is one of the best ways to bring the best offer.

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Draw potential buyers through the door by creating an enticing landscape. Consider these seven ways to make your landscape pop this spring:

Plant a Tree

It may seem silly to plant a young tree in your yard given the fact that it won't provide much immediate shade, but homebuyers will see the potential that new trees have. This can help create an idea of what the home will look like years after they purchase it. Trees are also beneficial because they grow deep root systems which help keep water from running off the soil.

Add New Color

An easy way to make your landscape pop is to plant new colors in your garden. Choose a bloom that will be in season while your home is on the market. Plant larger flowers, but also include some smaller blooms in pots near the entryway or walkway. Adding reds and yellows can help create interest in the home.

Tend to the Lawn

Dead spots in the lawn can be an eyesore and may deter buyers. Be sure to keep your yard maintained by cutting and watering it often. Feed your lawn with a quick-release fertilizer that'll provide hardy growth and reseed any visible bare spots. Also, if you don't have time to maintain the lawn, consider hiring a landscaping company that can bring your yard back to life quickly.

Spread Some Mulch

Mulch is one of those landscaping elements that puts a finishing touch on your entire yard. Spread organic mulch—such as bark dust—under and around plants to help keep weeds from growing. Mulch also provides a beautiful base color to your yard and keeps plants hydrated all year long.

Place Outdoor Seating

Potential buyers will want to be able to sit outside and enjoy the landscape that you've created. Make sure both your front and backyards have a spot to rest. Front porches could feature a small café table and/or rocking chairs. Consider placing a full outdoor dining set on your back patio. Providing a spot for new owners to spend time outdoors is an essential part of making your landscaping intriguing.

Install New Lighting

Landscaping isn't always just about the plants. Lighting can provide homebuyers the best views of your garden. Consider installing new lighting in the yard that'll help draw attention to your home no matter what time of day it is. Potential buyers who tour the home after dusk will still be able to see the yard with the right lighting. Solar spotlights can make certain plants stand out, and string lights can help create ambiance in the backyard.

Clean Up Hardscapes

The structure of your yard is another place that can either make or break a home tour. Pressure wash walkways, patios and decks. Also, be sure to remove any weeds around the pavement so the hardscapes look their best.

You spend a lot of time making sure the interior of your home is clean and inviting. A few improvements to your landscape will help entice potential buyers through the front door!

fullsizeoutput_11-e1552579842828Katie Kuchta is a gardening and outdoor living guru, and self-proclaimed foodie. She currently covers the lawn care industry for LawnStarter Lawn Care. Kuchta can often be found cooking in the kitchen or on the hunt for the best tacos.

19 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Central Valley House Buyer April 26, 2019 at 1:41 pm -

    These tips should definitely work. Thank you for this.

  2. Ryan June 11, 2019 at 8:58 am -

    I absolutely agree with tip number 6! It’s easy for homeowners to skimp on the lighting not knowing it can easily spruce up a property. Oh, I have to agree with this too: “Solar spotlights can make certain plants stand out, and string lights can help create ambiance in the backyard.”

    Great blog! Learned a lot from these tips.

  3. Giulia June 11, 2019 at 11:06 am -

    Ooh, I love tip number 2! Colors can literally make your property pop! Thanks for adding some color suggestions that work, too!

  4. Giulia June 12, 2019 at 2:32 am -

    Amazing tips. Tip number one is big. Trees can easily make your property value pop up. If homeowners have trees already, tree care and maintenance should be top priority, too. 🙂

  5. Teagin June 12, 2019 at 5:46 pm -

    We have recently started our new landscaping company and came across this article.

    I really appreciate you taking the time to educate us on this. I really like your point on placing flowers outside the driveway or entrance to attract people to your home.

    Thanks a bunch, I love learning new things.

  6. Jarome August 22, 2019 at 9:55 am -

    Amazing tips! After spending a few months landscaping my home I was ready to put in on the market in October of last year. Had an offer in 2 days! I believe the quick sale had a lot to do with the time and effort I put in outside 🙂 Curb appeal and minimal maintenance is key.
    Great article!

  7. John Mann September 30, 2019 at 5:05 pm -

    I love this article!! straight to the point! It’s something not every homeowner understands to add curb appeal for looks or to get ready to sell the property. The difference one tree or some mulch and stones could make are amazing, Especially for the added value of your home and the added look. Very simple tips and very easy to understand. great article can’t wait to read more!

  8. Carson City Lawn and Landscape October 8, 2019 at 1:29 am -

    Awesome tips! It’s important – as you say – to care for both your outdoor and indoor spaces. Interesting to think that reds and yellows can affect interest, thanks for educating us

  9. cabinet refacing seattle wa November 24, 2019 at 9:47 pm -

    This can help create an idea of what the home will look like years after they purchase it and have a small garden in your area is very much refreshing. I am looking forward to my home someday.

  10. Landscaping Sandy Springs December 9, 2019 at 12:25 am -

    For a second I thought you missed a very important part of landscaping. I’m glad I saw it eventually. Lighting! It’s one thing to be able to turn heads in the daytime, but there’s nothing better than a beautifully lit landscape in front of a beautiful home. Great article!

  11. SDL Pools February 20, 2020 at 11:18 am -

    I think I’ll be adding some lighting and seating this year. Maybe get a new tree. Mostly I need to clean up my giant mesquite tree.

  12. Alamo April 17, 2020 at 9:53 pm -

    Nice Article

  13. Click here May 19, 2020 at 12:02 am -

    I love these tips! These are great to bring up the curb appeal of your home. This also helps a lot when offering your home up for sale!

  14. Zoe Campos June 1, 2020 at 8:37 pm -

    Thank you for giving me the idea to pop new plants that add a splash of color to my landscape this summer. My sister and I are thinking of improving our current landscape and your article came just right in time to provide the right ideas. Also, we’re thinking of consulting our parents to see if we can install a walkway using ready-mix concrete.

  15. Tristen July 5, 2020 at 8:04 am -

    Awesome tips for organizing an idea what one can do to redecorate a landscape!

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  18. Charlotte Lawn Care December 4, 2020 at 7:43 pm -

    Great content, notably regarding landscape lighting. This is such a great way to make your home stand out, especially when installed effectively!

  19. HVAC Spartanburg February 9, 2021 at 11:05 pm -

    I totally agree with tip #1. Planting trees not just make your landscape beautiful but also helps with air pollution as well. If your indoor air is polluted, you need help from an HVAC team, Check out our site!