“Every canvas needs to start fresh and clean,” advises James A. Baggett, editor of Country Gardens Magazine. “So roll up your sleeves, stick your hands in the dirt, and get ready to personalize your yard with color and style.”
With a little ingenuity you can transform a ho-hum landscape into a real stunner with these simple tips that add curb appeal to your home making it look like you called in the pros:
1. First things First
• Clean up. Mow the lawn. Get rid of weeds.
• Edge sidewalks and remove vegetation growing between concrete and bricks.
• Rake and dispose of leaves.
• Trim tree limbs that are near or are touching your roof.
• Add a professional touch by adding dark, natural mulch.
2. Cover up
• Take inventory. How can you enhance your best features and minimize your worst. Here’s a great trick. Print photos in black and white and you’ll easily see problems.
• Determine what “flaws” you want to fix.
• Update your look, fill empty spaces, add interest to a drab corner or “hide” unsightly spots with colorful, every-blooming plants like the very popular shrub roses in The Knock Out® Family.
3. Put out the Welcome Mat
• The entry garden is the most visible garden space and sets the mood for your entire home.
• Whether formal or relaxed, it should draw your eye toward the front door.
• Put up a pair of carefully pruned boxwoods and place them on either side of the front door to add symmetry
• Make sure the approach is clean and tidy
• Add a light fixture that matches the home's exterior and shows your personal taste.
4. Contain Yourself!
• For those with minimal or no yard, or if you just want the elegance and ease of containers, pot up pretty annuals and perennials around your entranceway, mailbox or along the front walk
• To have striking color year after year, pot up perennials for fist-fulls of continuous blooms that help stretch your dollars! Quick tips:
• Yellow and red are hot colors this year so pot up the newest Sunny Knock Out® Rose paired with your favorite red annuals to be in step with the latest trends.
5. Express Yourself
• Decorate outside with a favorite antique, treasured collectible, or statuary.
• Use found objects such as driftwood, rocks, empty mailboxes to punctuate certain areas
• Use color to attract the eye. Paint your front door a bold, welcoming color. Put a bright, punchy color on the shutters.
6. Plan for Sustainability
• Look for plants that are easy to grow, save water and don’t require a lot of work.
• Pick plants that are native to your area for low-maintenance beauty.
• Eco-friendly shrub roses are a great choice especially when paired with perennials for year-round color.
Baggett thinks shrub roses are perfect for first-time homeowners since they are extremely easy to grow and are low-maintenance. “Shrub roses give you a lot of bang for your buck,” he says. “They are really no work for the homeowner – and don’t require spraying, harsh chemicals, pruning, deadheading or lots of water. They bloom from May to the first hard frost in the late fall offering season-long color and visual impact in the home landscape.”
The most popular shrub roses are The Knock Out® Family of Rose. Available in seven shades ranging from hot raspberry pink to pale pink and soft yellow, fitting any homeowner’s taste and landscape style while providing continuous year-round curb appeal.
Enjoy the days you get outside to renew your yard and garden. You’ll have folks taking a second look!
For more information on The Knock Out® Family of Roses visit: www.theknockoutrose.com
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