Home Help: Boost curb appeal
Want to add curb appeal, but don't have much money to spend? Here are some simple things you can do for under $100.
- Clean up the yard. Put away unused items, like lawn furniture. Clear leaves and branches out from under shrubs, other plants and the house foundation. Make sure the lawn is free from debris and grass clippings are not left on the driveway or sidewalk. Borrow or rent a power washer to clean off the driveway, steps, sidewalk and porch.
- Trim, prune and divide. Overgrown plants can block light from getting inside the house, and they make the house and yard look unkempt. Trim shrubs, making sure to remove dead branches. Get rid of dead or diseased plants in the landscape. If you have perennial plants that have gotten too big, divide them and plant them in other places around the landscape.
- Add new mulch. Mulch not only helps your plants, but it gives garden beds a neat and tidy finish. Wood mulch comes in different colors, but to showcase your plants the most, consider a dark brown mulch because it resembles fresh, healthy soil, so your eyes are drawn toward the plant and not the mulch itself.
-- Family Features
Decorating Tip:Child-friendly drawers
For a house with young children, dining-room-storage solutions must be child-friendly and clever enough to keep little hands away. Designer Christopher Grubb recommends using bench storage or a window seat with drawers to keep curiosity at bay.
-- Scripps Howard News Service/ HGTV
Did You Know …
Existing-home sales decreased 2.6 percent in March from February but are 5.2 percent above 2011 numbers. – Realtor.org
Home-selling tip: Professional lawn care
Since the front yard is the first thing a buyer sees, it needs to impress. An investment in professional landscaping can go a long way when it comes to luring in potential home buyers. Professionals can suggest elements, like topiary shrubs or flower paths, that will enhance your front yard and make it look its best and biggest while on display. Also, keep lawn decorations, like gnomes, to a minimum.
Going Green: Don’t forget to recycle paint
Many people don't know that latex paint and some oil-based paints are recyclable, and as a result, between 65 and 69 million gallons of paint are improperly disposed, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Do your part, and find a recycling center near you that accepts paint or a paint company that will recycle your paint for you.
Garden Guide:Don't over water
Watering too much can result in shallow plant roots, weed growth, storm water runoff and the possibility of disease and fungus development. Give your lawn a slow, steady watering about once a week. Adjust your watering schedule depending on rainfall, as well as your grass and soil type. Trees and shrubs need longer, less frequent watering than plants with shallower roots.
-- Family Features/ TruGreen
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