Adding Curb Appeal
We all know the beauty of your home starts with its exterior—in particular, the yard and the landscaping.
For many of us who have a hard enough time keeping the interiors of our homes neat and organized, the mere thought of exterior maintenance—let alone improvement—is daunting. It can be overwhelming to look at our front or back yards and try to envision what it would take to make it look beautiful.
Surprisingly, it might take very little. The key is deciding what your focal point should be. For some, it might just be re-seeding part of your lawn so that it has more grass than weeds; for others it might be a new walkway lined with blooming perennials leading up to the front door; and for still others it may more extensive, like new bluestone stairs or driveway pavers.
You can do a lot with very little. Settle on a small, manageable project—maybe something that you would like to be the center of attention—and resolve to get just that part done. Other improvements can come later—don't worry about that for now. Do some simple things: add hanging plants next to your front door to make it more welcoming; liven up your deck with some potted annuals to bring color to the space; or even cut down that bush that's overgrown the living room window so gradually over the last decade that you haven't even noticed how much morning light it's started to block.
By doing a little every year, you will be surprised at how much you can accomplish—without sacrificing more than a few week-end hours.
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