Your Summer Landscape And How To Boost It

Summer is officially here!  You may want to consider curb appeal and how your summer landscape can add value to your home. Landscaping and gardening is often a project that many people enjoy working on during this season.  Your landscape is a large part of the first impression that homebuyers experience, so you’ll want your summer landscaping and gardens to thrive.  Check out these helpful tips to boost your summer landscape for curb appeal.

Make a plan.

You may have a long wish list of ideas to improve your curb appeal, and that can be overwhelming.  Start by making a list of ideas and an estimate of cost for each of the ideas.  Take a look at your budget and narrow down which areas need the most work.

Perform a general clean-up of your property.

Begin by removing weeds and any unruly bushes and shrubs.  For example, make sure your bushes and shrubs are not blocking paths, your driveway, or creeping up the exterior of your home.  If your bushes and shrubs are still salvageable by trimming, make sure they are neat and attractive.  You may want to power wash any dirt and grime from your building exterior, decks, and even patio furniture.

Consider your unique climate.

The summer heat can wreak havoc on your lawn and landscaping.  Here in Texas, the days get hotter and dryer as temperatures climb to triple digits!  Because of the heat, most of the flowers that people worked so hard to plant will die unless your landscaping is maintained.  By mid-July to August, your landscaping can look undesirable and negatively impact your curb appeal.  Plant something colorful or add planters and containers with cheery colors that stand out to visitors.  Be sure to water your lawn often while abiding by your city water restrictions and use plants that are native to Texas. You can read articles for helpful tips on keeping your Texas landscaping thriving through the summer months.

Create a path.

A beautiful walkway leading up to doors and patios can be very inviting and easy to maintain.  Walkways create a visual line that invites people to walk to the entrance you want people to use or flower beds that you want people to notice.  There are a number of design ideas for beautiful and eye-catching pathways.  You can use materials such as stone, gravel, large rocks, and stepping stones.  Get creative with repurposed bricks or pavers that match the exterior of your home.  Additionally, you can add some path lighting to illuminate your walkways when it’s dark outside.

Add outdoor seating.

Create an inviting space to relax and entertain outdoors.  For instance, you can utilize shaded areas of your property, your front porch, and your deck or patio.  It can be as simple as adding a few chairs with a small table or going big with an outdoor veranda or cabana with comfortable seating and pillows.  You can also add some patio string lights for a whimsical appearance.  If you have space and it’s permissible in your community, a well-placed fire pit or chiminea with seating around it makes for a great conversation center.  Create an outdoor bar or kitchen with seating for your summer cook-outs.

Whatever landscaping and curb appeal projects you tackle this summer, keep it fun and enjoyable.  And, don’t forget to take before and after photos of your work to share and document the value you added to your property.  You may just inspire others and create a more beautiful world in the process!  What are some projects you are working on this summer to boost your curb appeal? Let us know.

Contributing Author: Melissa Momcilovich

Sources: Texas Lifestyle Magazine, DIY Network

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