Brooks Wells: 5 Landscaping Tips for Creating Curb Appeal
A beautiful and well maintained front yard is an incredible asset to any home.
Not only is this the first thing visitors see, but it is also a way to set the scene for what your interior looks like. This is called curb appeal: the visual attractiveness of a property from the view of the street. Adding curb appeal to your home is essential when selling your home. It draws prospective buyers in and shows them how to positively utilize the space. Brooks Wells, the founder and CEO of Major League Lawn Care, specializes in landscaping services. With exceptional experience in creating and maintaining curb appeal, Wells has learned a few industry tips on how to create curb appeal for all homes.
Raised Garden Bed
Start by controlling the growth of your plants with raised garden beds. Typically these are wooden boxes the contain flowers to a certain area. Not only is this a great way to add a natural, rustic design to gardens, but it is also a great way to section plants off from walkways or other plants (such as separating flowers from edible herbs). Plant these beds in the area that receives the most sunlight and design the box size accordingly. Each segment inside of the bed needs at least six inches of soil. Additionally, pressure-treated wood is excellent for creating the box as it is eco-friendly.
A walkway sets the tone of the entire property. It’s your chance to pull your style portrayed inside your home, to the outside. This flow will naturally direct visitors throughout your property. A landscape expert can install a variety of walkway designs with various materials, including concrete, brick, stone and clay tiles, explains Brooks Wells. Concrete slabs are great for building durable walkways and will look interesting and modern on top of your grass. Stepping stones are also a beautiful and inexpensive way to amp up the curb appeal.
Rock gardens are a creative way to section off lawns from walkways and create a welcoming vibe for guests entering the home. Visit your local stone supplier to find the perfect size of rocks that compliment the size of your lawn. A mixture of stones is a great way to keep it natural. However, if you have a small front yard or share a lawn with your neighbours, Brooks Wells recommends steering clear from this tip as large rocks tend to take up a lot of space and make lawns appear smaller than they truly are.
Outdoor lighting is a great way to welcome guests into your home and display your unique style even after the sun has gone down. Path lights are a popular choice as they can often be installed discretely near flower beds, blending into the scenery. Alternatively, post lanterns add a luxurious, Victorian vibe to home while hanging lights, such as chandeliers and pendants, add a modern touch. Bring outdoor lighting into your backyard during gatherings to brighten up the space. String lights, paper lanterns, and heat lamps are great ways to liven things up.
Whether you want to show off your personality through your homes exterior or impress potential homebuyers, these tricks will do wonders for your curb appeal. If your budget is minimal, take note of the simple and inexpensive ways you can upgrade the front of your house. Not all renovations need to be done at the same time, warns Brooks Wells, so take your time and find what works for your lifestyle.