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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.
Lessen the Lawn
It can be tough to keep up your home's curb appeal when you constantly have
to mow, fertilize and weed your lawn. For an appealing landscape that requires
less work, replace at least some of your lawn with swaths
of low-maintenance garden beds filled with evergreen shrubs and mulch, or add
displays of ornamental grasses, which grow well in most soils and require little
Greg recommends putting bark mulch underneath bushes and
trees. "Once you put your mulch down, if you've done a good job of it, you won't
have to mulch for a few years," he says.
Remove turf beneath trees and
add shade-loving groundcover like Periwinkle, Pachysandra, ferns, violets and
hostas to reduce your front yard's watering and mowing needs. Add a paver or
brick border to keep the plantings from spreading beyond the desired
You can also significantly up your home's curb appeal by removing a
bit of lawn for an outdoor seating area, which can be created by placing a
garden bench in an area of stones, gravel or mulch.
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