After a very long and cold winter, summer is finally here, and we all want to be outside to enjoy our outdoor space. Whether you’re planning to sell your home or not, here are some affordable ideas to spruce up your curb appeal.
If your yard doesn’t have a focal point, consider adding a berm. A berm is basically a mound of earth with sloping sides that can add privacy and help diffuse street noise. You should keep your berm less than two feet high and eight feet wide for the best effect.
Popular planting choices for berms include flowering bushes such as azaleas and rhodendrons, small conifers, perennials such as lavender and periwinkle, and ornamental grasses. Also be sure to use plenty of mulch to reduce weed growth and make the area more finished. The total cost depends on the plants you choose, but typically costs a few hundred dollars.
Install a path to your front door or garden. You can use slab, gravel and crushed granite or patio blocks. You should make your path about three feet wide and try to create curves instead of a straight line for more interest.
The grass should be dug three or four inches deep in order to clear the path and prevent the grass from growing back. The cost for this project is usually less than $ 500 depending on the material you use and the length of the path.
If you have large trees in your yard, you can install a tree frame with masonry. In order to complete this project, you will need to dig a circular trench around your tree (s) approximately eight inches deep and six inches wide.
Add a layer of sand to the base of the trench, then choose your bricks or stone and then lay them end to end or at an angle depending on the look you prefer. Finally, add several inches of mulch to your surroundings to prevent the growth of weeds and grass. This project is really inexpensive depending on the brick or stone you choose, but can cost as little as $ 50.
Finally, consider landscaping your garden with plants that you can eat. There are many vegetables and herbs that have very attractive foliage and can also produce flowers. Plant a variety of edibles for different colors and textures for maximum visual appeal.
Plants such as fennel have a feathery texture, Swiss chard and lettuce come in a variety of colors and textures, and eggplant and dill also produce attractive blooms. Leafy vegetables like lettuce and kale look great as border plants, blueberry and raspberry plants can make beautiful hedges, and cucumbers, zucchini and beans make great climbing vines on trellises.
Landscaping with edibles gives you beautiful plants plus free food! It also makes your landscaping a little different and a little more interesting than your neighbor’s petunias and begonias. Landscaping your yard for added curb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive. Try some of these low cost, high impact ideas in your garden and enjoy instant gratification for the rest of the season!
Anne Sadler is the manager / owner of Choice Realty in Freeport.