Don’t Forget About Curb Appeal
Take a look at your home from the sidewalk—what do you see? Does the landscaping compliment your home? Look at the driveway, garage doors, light fixtures, shrubs and grass. Do they need to be updated? The garage door is probably one of the largest surfaces of your home. Look at a new colour or new door to update. Add some shrubs, fertilize the grass, go to the hardware store and update your light fixtures.
Home and Landscaping
Your home is the biggest item in your garden so pick out things that would compliment it, shrubs that are not too small or too big as well as light fixtures that are proportionate to the house. Have both perennials and annuals in the garden. Perennials to have as a backdrop and annuals to add the accent colours in the garden—just like doing interior design in a home you have the furniture that ground the room and accent pillows to add the character.
More is better
When planting flowers for curb appeal, create masses of color, and pick plants that vary in height.
But sometimes there is too much
When it comes to those large shrubs that are over taking your front entrance to the vines that are now crossing the yard and into the neighbours it maybe time to trim those back so they are maintainable. Keep those items that grow quickly under control and in check—its important that plants looked cared for and well maintained.
Have a plan
Write down or sketch what you would like to see in your garden. Look on the internet and get ideas. Don’t forget about outdoor lighting. Potential home buyers might do a drive-by in the evening to see what the home looks like. Always start with good topsoil and mulching will help keep the moisture in the garden and cut down on the watering.
-by Cheryl Carmichael, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Sales Representative