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Monday, April 18, 2011

Landscaping Tips for Spring – How to Care For Your Home’s Exterior

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A special thanks to Shady Brook Farm for letting us film there and participating in our video!

It’s that time of year again when everyone will be seen working on their yard! What exactly does your yard say about you? Is it messy, unkempt and in a total state of disarray? Or has it been meticulously manicured to a level that even glossy magazines couldn’t compete? No matter where you fit on the spectrum of the landscaping scales, there is no question that the exterior appearance of your home is an important one. Too many homeowners neglect to look after the very first noticeable part of their abode – so here’s how to make sure you are not one of them.

Time to Spring Clean Up Last Year’s Messes

That’s right. Very often by the time this year’s snow melts, we tend to find last year’s garden messes all over the place. Maybe that first snowfall was enough to make you hang up the rake and wait it out till the following season, but too often there are many things left behind. Anything from garden tools, piles of left over (and very moldy) mulch or an old garden statue that you meant to put away in the shed before the snow set in – all these things can tend to look very bad after a season of ice and cold. And if you’re in a warmer climate, things sitting in the yard for so long just keep gathering more dirt and grime, making your front (and back) yard look like a major eye sore.

Make a Plan, Check It Twice and Implement It

Many times an over-zealous homeowner will make a trip to the home and garden store, buy everything they see in the main aisles, that are currently being hyped by the store, and then end up back home with no plan in sight as to how to implement it. By carefully reviewing the space you have, taking notice of the areas that need more help than others and realizing where the opportunities lie for you to enhance your outdoor space, you will be in a better position in the long run. Use the help of the technicians and associates at the home and garden store, since they are very well versed with these projects and have a lot more experience.

Invest In Some Help

Unless you are an avid lawn and garden enthusiast, have all the time in the world or are just not too concerned about perfection, it would be a good idea to invest in some help. By hiring a landscaping company to jumpstart the look of your home’s exterior, you will benefit from the high-quality and often expensive equipment that you may not own plus the knowledge and expertise of skilled, quality craftsmen and women. Landscapers also offer a maintenance plan where they come during the week at pre-set times and make sure the lawn is kept up.

Water the Plants, Shrubs and Trees

Thirsty vegetation can be seen from a mile away. Instead of having dry, cracked and brittle brown leaves and grass, be sure to water your lawn, the surrounding leaves and greenery with enough water to sustain it. Whether you install a complex sprinkler system or a purchase a $20 single unite that you need to manually move around throughout the day and weekend, the important thing is that your greens stay green.

Make the Space Pretty, Or At Least Easy on the Eyes

With just a few simple enhancements you can make all the difference in the curb appeal of your home. Retouching the fence paint, trimming the hedges to a reasonable height, removing all extra items, planting seasonal plants and flowers (especially along the walkways) or including interesting garden elements – are all ways to enhance the space.
As long as you realize that the landscaping of your home is just as important aesthetically as the interior, you will begin to make changes that will improve the overall look and feel of your house. Not only will it be more enjoyable to spend time outdoors, but it will also be a source of pride for you when visitors (and neighbors) comment on the fabulous look you have going!

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