Five easy garden and outdoor upgrades for any home

Unless you have the ultimate green thumb, spending time in your garden may not be on the top of your priority list. As the temperature rises and spring blooms are at their peak, it’s an ideal season to think about giving your garden and the outside of your home a new look. No matter the size of your home, or your yard, these updates can give the front of your house — or what real estate agents call your home’s curb appeal — a new life. Even in just a weekend, you can give the front of your house a transformation. 

Weed and trim

The first place to start with your yard is by weeding and trimming what you already have. If weeds have taken over, you can keep them in check by dousing them with vinegar or hot water. Then haul them away to make room for new greenery. Shrubs, bushes, and other landscaping elements can be trimmed to add more light and space to your front yard. This will give you a clean slate to work with, so you can see where you can add new elements to the front of your yard. 

Add mulch and rocks

If faced with grass that has become bare or open areas of landscaping, you can fill in the blanks with mulch or a rock garden. Mulch can also keep your weeds in check. One of the benefits of a rock garden is that once it’s in, you don’t have to give it much maintenance. Using a power washer to give your rock garden (along with walkways) a refresh can keep your yard looking pristine. 

Plant perennials 

By definition, perennials are plants that live more than two years, and if you go with these hearty plants, you can ensure that your yard will be looking its best for longer. Even when perennials might have fewer blooms or no blooms at all in colder months, they will still have some foliage, which can keep your yard looking green all year long. By taking cuttings from perennials, you can then create even more plants as a DIY way to add to your landscaping.

Get potting 

Getting down into the dirt with bulbs isn’t for everyone, but there’s another way to add green to your front yard with potted plants. Groupings of potted plants can be used to add life to your front door or along a front walkway. If you don’t like how your plants look in one place, you can always move them somewhere else. Setting pots up on an irrigation system can even mean that you don’t have to think about watering.

Paint your front door

One curb appeal update that the best real estate agents swear by is as simple as painting your front door. And we are talking about going bold here. Think red, blue, or yellow, depending on how much of an impact you want to make. It’s one way to draw attention to your front yard in a big way. 

Garden upgrades can be involved, but they don’t have to be. With a few changes, you’ll have great curb appeal and be ready to show your house off this spring.

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