Curbside Appeal Landscaping Tips

Summertime is a great time for neighborhood get-togethers, barbeques and family dinners.
Before the guests arrive, here are some simple tips for adding curbside appeal to your home with these do-it-yourself landscaping ideas.

1. Lush Lawn
Your neighbors will be green with envy. Try laying fresh sod to spruce up your lawn.
Tip: Rake the area before laying sod to ensure that the ground is level and that all larger pebbles, rocks and sticks are removed from the area.

2. Walkways & Paths
Creating a walkway or path in your lawn out of stone creates a classy look to welcome visitors.
Tip: Try something different. Walkways can be straight, curved or zigzagged, with each design giving off a drastically different look and feel.

3. Walls
Create dimension to a flat yard by adding a retaining wall to a lawn. Be on the safe side and consult with a professional for any walls over two feet tall.
Tip: Before you start digging, make sure you know where your utility lines are.

4. Landscape in Layers
Don't let your garden flat line. Add variety to your lawn by alternating between low, mid-size and tall plants throughout.
Tip: Do your homework. Figure out what plants will thrive in your area year round so you have a garden that survives the seasons.

5. Go Big with Planters
Supersize your planters to add a touch of the dramatic to your entryway or garden.
Tip: Make sure your planter has adequate drainage. Put a layer of pebbles or rocks in the bottom of the containers before filling them with soil. This will help prevent overwatering, disease, fungus, gnats and other problems.

6. Add Some Color
Newly planted flowers or plants can bring any drab garden to life.
Tip: When selecting flowers, look for flowers with upright, firm petals and buds beginning to open. Yellow, spotted or drooping leaves are signs of age.

A few simple landscaping tips don't have to break the bank. Here are a few ways as a AAA member you can stretch your do-it-yourself budget.

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