Landscaping Your Front Yard For Curb Appeal


You love your house, and you probably want visitors and passersby to appreciate it, too. That comes with curb appeal. Keeping the house itself in a good state of repair is a good start. However, the landscaping leading up to the house also has implications for curb appeal. Make over your front yard to best show off your home.

Attend to the Path

As with the house's exterior, your first step should be ensuring the path is in good repair. However, perhaps it's time to update the overall look of the pathway. You might consider replacing the material to create a different effect, such as installing flagstone for a more formal look. The walkway should also draw the eye to the house. For that reason, line the pathway with plants. You could choose an orderly progression of flowers or more naturalistic plantings. Either way, ensure you plant them with enough space so they don't actually obscure the walkway.

Create a Mailbox Garden

The mailbox is a sometimes overlooked space when it comes to curb appeal. First of all, Better Homes and Gardens suggests updating the mailbox to one that complements your home's exterior. Likewise, consider planting a garden around it. Naturally, the plants shouldn't inhibit the access to the box itself. You could utilize the same plants that you used for bordering the walkway. Training a small climber, such as morning glory, up the post is another charming option for a mailbox garden.

Consider Color

Speaking of complementing your home's façade, look to your house's color when choosing landscaping. Be mindful of how the plants are going to interact with the look of the façade. For example, pretty pastels add to the calming effect of a blue house. Brighter flowers complement bright trim. Likewise, monochromatic landscaping gives a chic effect. If your house is modern, you might consider an all-green garden.

Landscape in Layers

Ultimately, the goal of front yard landscaping is to transition from the street to your house. The pathway is part of this transition. However, the heights of plants are another area to consider. The plants closest to the house can be taller to emphasize the structure itself while the ones nearest the street should not obscure the yard. To create a connection between the two spaces, consider planting mid-sized shrubs and surrounding them with pretty flowers. Such plant groupings will be easier to notice from the street than individual plantings.

Create a beautiful front yard befitting your home.


18 August 2016

how to garden when you have limited space

My family enjoys eating produce of all kinds. Last year, we decided to grow our own produce during the summer to try to save some money on our grocery bill for the year. Our one problem that we had to find the solution for was making the most of the limited space that we have to grow a garden. This blog will show you how to grow a garden full of delicious produce even if you don't have a nice, big yard to use to create it. Hopefully, our experiences will help you find out how to garden when you have limited space.