Lawn Care Basics
Landscape Ideas to Improve Curb Appeal
Try these 7 quick and easy projects to improve the look of your home.
Landscape Ideas to Improve Curb Appeal
Make your house the envy of the neighborhood with simple projects that boost curb appeal and give your home that dressed-to-impress appearance. What’s more, curb appeal landscaping boosts property value and delivers big returns for small investments. Try these 7 creative ideas to transform your home from everyday-okay to company-ready without breaking the bank or gobbling endless weekends.
1. Green the lawn.
In just 3 days, take your lawn from faded to fantastic with Scotts® Green Max™ Lawn Food. This lawn food contains 5 percent iron plus essential micronutrients that enhance the greening process, giving grass a rich, vibrant hue. To keep your lawn looking its best, apply every 6 to 8 weeks during the growing season, following label instructions. Mow regularly, too. The result? A gorgeous lawn for little effort.
2. Dress the door.
For the cost of a can of quality exterior paint, you can completely upgrade your home’s first impression by painting the front door. Choose a color that coordinates with, but also provides contrast to, your home’s exterior. For instance, a white or gray home with black shutters really pops with a red front door, while a turquoise door is a stunning entrance to a light brown brick home. Complete the look with color-coordinated front porch planters or a cheery door wreath.
3. Refresh your mulch.
Planting beds look sharp and picture-perfect when you first apply mulch. Over time, though, sun and weather can cause fading, giving mulch a tired appearance. Give beds that just-mulched sparkle with a quick application of Scotts® Mulch Color Renewal, an easy-to-use spray that comes in black, brown, and red. Apply it following label instructions and it’s safe for use around people, pets, and plants. To prevent staining, take care not to get any spray on driveways, sidewalks, siding, or other hard surfaces.
4. Clean all hardscapes.
Shift your garden hose nozzle to the strongest setting and wash away dirt and debris from outdoor surfaces. For tough stains from mold, mildew, or algae, try Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner Plus OxiClean™. With little elbow grease on your part, this cleaner brightens driveways, patios, decks, house walls, window boxes, fountains, and other hard surfaces. It also works on concrete, wood (including painted wood), siding, and more, and is safe to use around landscape plantings. For tackling big jobs, opt for Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner Plus OxiClean™ Concentrate, which is safe to use with power washers. Follow label directions for best results.
5. Wash the windows.
Make windows dazzle with a back-to-basics cleaning. Get started by removing outside cobwebs and debris with a spray from the garden hose. Wipe down interior sills and remove screens. Wash screens or simply rinse them, allowing them to air dry. Then tackle both inside and outside window surfaces using a mixture of a degreasing detergent plus a splash of vinegar. Don’t forget to rinse after washing to remove all traces of soap. For a professional look, use a squeegee on glass surfaces after the final rinse. If you’re planning to clean outside (non-window) surfaces with Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner Plus OxiClean™, do that job first and then clean the windows.
6. Switch out fixtures.
Replacing outdated or builder-grade exterior light fixtures is an upgrade that pays big but only requires a small investment. For the quickest swap, choose fixtures with the same mounting system as the ones you’re replacing. Don’t want to buy new fixtures? Try spray painting existing ones. Black is a safe, on-trend color, but check at your local home improvement store for more ideas. Once fixtures are finalized, consider adding some spiffy new house numbers, too.
7. Trim trees and shrubs.
Cut back overgrown shrubs and trees, removing any branches that block your home’s façade, address numbers, walkways, or windows. Stand in the street and make sure your entry is visible and inviting. Remove any plantings that block drivers’ views at the end of your driveway, too. If grass is thinning beneath trees, strategically prune limbs (removing some completely if necessary) to let more sunlight reach the grass beneath. Then you can reseed the area with the appropriate Scotts® Turf Builder® grass seed to return your lawn to its formerly thick, lush state.
These 7 simple tips will boost your house’s curb appeal in a short amount of time and without emptying your wallet. Tackle them all over the weekend or spread them out to fit your schedule. Whichever approach you choose, you’ll be taking steps to increase your home’s value and attractiveness—and that’s what’s important.