Your home’s landscape plays an important role in its overall appearance. When guests first approach your home, the first thing they see is the landscape. This can either help or hurt your home’s appearance depending on how it’s done.
Neglecting the landscape will result in overgrown brush and grass, taking away from your home’s visual appeal. But the right approach to maintaining the landscape will enhance your home’s appearance, setting the tone and atmosphere in the process.
Eliminate the Weeds
Whether you live on the east coast, west coast, or somewhere in between, weeds are an all-too-common problem in landscapes. You may notice just one or two sporadic weeds, but if left untreated, they will quickly reproduce and spiral out of control.
Rather than a chemical based weed killer, try using vinegar to eliminate them. Fill up a spray bottle with organic apple cider vinegar and go around your yard spraying all the weeds you notice.
Due to its highly acidic properties, vinegar is a safe and effective solution for killing weeds. Just use caution to ensure that it doesn’t get on your healthy plants, as it may also kill them.
Add More Mulch to Plant Beds
When was the last time that you added mulch to your plant beds? Over time, mulch will blow away and decompose, revealing the bare ground underneath. You can make your plant beds look “cleaner” by maintaining a consistent layer of mulch over them.
When you notice bare spots of the ground showing, simply sprinkle some additional mulch around the plants. With the cold fall and winter seasons fast approaching, mulch will also prove useful in protecting your plants from frost.
Watch the Runoff
Rainwater runoff can wreck havoc on a landscape, washing away the soil and killing otherwise healthy plants. This is why it’s important that homeowners identify where exactly the rain runs off, fixing any problems if needed.
Ideally, rain should flow from your roof, through the gutters, and then away from your home. If rainwater is allowed to seep around your home’s foundation, it could lead to moisture problems later down the road.
Edge the Driveway and Sidewalk
This tip is pretty much self-explanatory. When driveways and sidewalks aren’t edged on a regular basis, grass and brush will begin to encroach, creating a messy look that does your home no justice.
So, try to get into the habit of edging the driveway and sidewalk each time you mow the law. Depending on the size of your yard, this should only take a couple of minutes but doing so will have a significant, and positive, impact on your home’s curb appeal.
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