Today I’m continuing with my curb appeal series. Woo! When talking about curb appeal, one of the biggest things you can do to increase curb appeal is landscaping. I know. That word can totally be intimidating. But landscaping doesn’t just mean hiring a professional to revamp your yard. Landscaping can be a DIY too! Just ask our house when we first bought it. To say that our home lacked appeal when we first saw it, is an understatement. Yikes.
Then, last fall, after removing 17 trees, 7 bushes, all the dead plants, and years worth of leaves, you could finally see our home. That was step one of the landscaping journey. And NOT one that I recommend anyone try on their own. That part isn’t quite so DIY. At least not the tree part. And especially when your trees are 40+ feet tall. As for the bushes, plants, and leaves… just grab some yard work gloves and get to pulling up and cleaning out! You would be amazed the difference just taking dead plants out makes.
While my mom and sister, Moriah, were visiting in April, we began to work on the landscaping even more. Can I just say that they are energizer bunnies? Geez louise, we worked our tails off. And even though I wanted to stop, they kept going.
One thing we tackled was removing the old red brick edging and replacing it with a simpler black plastic edging. See in that picture above post-tree removal how the edging is all wonky and uneven? Well, once we remove the bricks, we figured out what was causing the brick and sidewalk heaving. One of the cottonwood roots had grown parallel to the sidewalk and then underneath the sidewalk as well. Sneaky root. You know how they say it takes a village to raise a child? Apparently it takes a village to remove a root. Some of our neighbors came out and everyone took a turn trying to break it up. Two hours later, we were victors! We were finally able to lay our new edging.
Defining flower beds (not to be confused with flour beds… that would be messy) can also make a big difference in your curb appeal. We wandered our back yard and found every rock, including all of the stepping stones to help us make up flower beds. Then it as just a big puzzle of rocks, getting them to fit and make the shape we wanted.
Actually, we found enough rocks that we were able to build a retaining wall. (If you remember, our backyard is nothing but rocks! So it wasn’t too difficult.) One side of our front yard sloped enough that it made 4 feet of space unusable. Plus I’m sure our neighbors hated having our dirt and wood chips falling into their yard with each rain.
If you already have a beautiful yard that is pretty much landscaped, fresh mulch is one of the fastest things that you can do to improve the curb appeal. For serious! Our yard went from looking like a dirt pit to looking like we actually had flower beds. And it only took about 1 hour.
A path to the front door also makes a home look more inviting.
A month and a half ago, our home was in need of some curb appeal. It cracked me up that a week ago one of our neighbors said to me, “We’ve got to keep up with how great your yard is looking!” A year ago our home was the eyesore on the block. And now people are trying to keep up!? Crazy town. I guess all of our hard work is paying off.
And before you ask, no. The landscaping isn’t done. I want to plant a few more plants. We plan to lay sod in that center area. Gravel will be poured between the stepping stones. And there are a few more tricks up our sleeves.
Nothing makes me appreciate all the hard work we have done like a before and after shot. I may be biased, but I think it is looking loads better!
Have you done landscaping for your own home??