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How to Improve Your Curb Appeal

First impressions are extremely important, especially when it comes to selling your home. Now that spring is upon us, it’s extremely important to freshen up your curb appeal to impress potential buyers as they enter your home. In preparation for the spring selling season, I spoke with Rick Ebelhar of Weed Man in Owensboro. He gave some great advice for how to improve your curb appeal with landscaping. 

Seed in the Fall

A common misconception at my house has always been that you seed your lawn in both the spring and the fall. However, according to Rick, there’s actually no need to seed your lawn in the spring. The ground temperature is still too cold for any germination to take place. Therefore, any seed that you lay in the spring will most likely not be able to sprout. In contrast, seeding in the fall is a perfect time because the ground temperature is much more suitable for new growth. When seeding your grass in the fall, be sure to aerate the ground and water often for best results! 

Aerate in the Spring!

Although you don’t need to seed your lawn in the spring, it is a good idea to aerate any weak areas of grass at the beginning of the spring season. Core aeration opens up the root systems, livening up the plants. Consider this a similar action to loosening up the root ball of your flowers before planting them. This allows more room for water and fertilizer to reach all the tendrils of the roots. 

Bury Your Downspouts

One great way to spruce up your curb appeal is to bury your gutters. This  diverts the water to flow into the yard while also hiding the downspouts.

 

  • Once you bury the gutter systems, it’s important to keep the grass around the drains well trimmed. If you allow grass to grow too thick around the drain covers, it could lead to potential problems. For example, it could make it hard to find and remove the covers. If you can’t find your drain covers, you won’t be able to clean them out if they get clogged. 
  • Consider drilling small holes in the bottom of the drain well. This will allow the water to evacuate into the ground instead of pooling at the bottom of the drain. Less standing water means less mosquitoes in your yard! 

Tips for Removing and Preventing Weeds

One of the best ways to improve your curb appeal is to remove unwanted weeds at the beginning of the season. Here are a few things I learned about removing and preventing weeds. 

  1. You need to spread Preen or any other pre emergent in late February before the weeds have a chance to sprout. Most people, myself included, pull the weeds in late March and then apply the pre emergent after the beds are clean. According to Rick, if you can see the weeds already, you’ve waited too long. You will have a much easier time if you apply the Preen when it is still too cold for the weeds to grow.
  2. In addition to applying the pre emergent in late February, he also suggests putting it on your garden in the fall. Most weeds start the germination process in the fall months, so if you put the barrier down before that can occur, you will have even fewer weeds in the spring. 
  3.  If you have Hosta plants, do NOT put Preen around them. Instead, pull the weeds by hand in those areas. These plants do not grow to their full potential if you apply pre emergent directly on them. So, Rick recommends leaving a 6-12 inch gap around their bases.  
  4. Stay on top of it. It’s a great idea to check your flower beds each week when you mow your grass. If you make it a habit to pull small amounts each week, your curb appeal will be excellent!

If you’re thinking about selling your home soon, and need more tips on how to get it market ready, give me a call! I am happy to help make the process easier for you. 

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