Springtime is the busiest time of year for selling homes. There are a number of steps you can take to get your home ready. You can do some spring cleaning, light some candles and open windows for fresh air, and put away your darker winter décor.
But what about the outside of your home? Here are a few yard landscaping tips to impress homebuyers this spring:
- Start by removing debris — this includes sticks and leaves – that has collected around your lawn and flower beds over the winter. A quick, gentle raking will not only get rid of this debris, it will also encourage growth in your lawn grass. And speaking of your lawn, this is a good time to remove rocks or anything else that could be a hazard while mowing.
- Take some time to prune dead limbs and leaves from trees, shrubs and bushes. It’s important to trim enough so that plants don’t become overgrown, while taking care to avoid over-trimming. Prune too much and a plant can take too long to recover, or in some cases, not recover at all.
- Clean and aerate your soil by loosening the earth around your plants. When you do this, you’re improving the health of the soil, and ensuring air and water get to the roots of plants faster. Use this opportunity to clear away old much, dead leaves and other debris.
- Clear the way for fresh annuals by removing dead plants from last year’s growing season. This is one task where you won’t need tools. Just grab a plant and pull.
- Springtime is a good time to spread new mulch. Winter may have left your old mulch faded. It’s also possible the mulch you spread last year has washed away or dispersed. Fresh mulch helps your soil retain moisture and protects it from the sun.
- Use a spade to edge the plant beds. This keeps mulch from spreading to your lawn and prevents grass from growing on the beds.
- Check your irrigation system to ensure that it is working. Watering by hand works, of course, but it can take a lot of time. You may want to consider a timed irrigation system so your lawn, plants and flowers get water on a regular basis.
- Applying fertilizers in the spring helps wake up your lawn, adding nutrients that will help it withstand summer heat and droughts.
- Add some colorful seasonal flowers to catch the eye of potential homebuyers. You may also want to spruce up outdoor container plants next to your entrances.
- Make sure your sidewalks are clean and your siding is looking its best. You may want to invest in a good power washing to clean off surfaces left grey and grimy by the long winter.
If you’re ready to present your home to prospective buyers or just want to spruce up your property, contact Reliable Landscaping. We can make sure your lawn is worth showing off, no matter who’s looking.