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.
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!
Katie 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.