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Keeping Up Your Home's Curb Appeal
Consistent home maintenance can cut down on the number of tasks you'll need to tackle when it's time to put your property on the market. Whether you're selling or staying, follow these 10 tips to keep your home's landscaping and exterior looking its best.
Pick the Right Landscaping
If you want to create curb appeal that will last through the seasons and the
years, look for low-maintenance plants that provide color year round. Let a
local landscaper or nursery help you choose plants for
your front lawn that are native to your area and will thrive without much fuss
To keep your home's front landscape from overpowering your
home, look for slow-growing shrubs and trees that won't obstruct or damage the
home. "Foundation" plants like boxwood and varieties of evergreen yew bushes are
ideal for planting along the base of a home, since they provide color but won't
block windows or doors.
"The biggest mistake homeowners make is not
knowing the size the tree or shrub will be at maturity," says Greg Seaman,
founder of Eartheasy.com, a website that offers information and products for
sustainable living. Homeowners who don't investigate the growth pattern of the
plants they install may find themselves digging them up and replacing them a few
years later, he adds.
Add color with perennial flowers that don't have to
replanted year after year, with flowers like Shasta daisies and lavender, and
with lilies like the Stella De Oro -- known to rebloom from May to July and
sometimes even through September.