Front yard — published on March 27, 2008

Front yard landscaping

It’s quit a good feeling to know that someone has found their dream home — your house. It means that you’ve done it right. The home improvements were the right ones. You added the right touches to the yard and landscaping. You created the curb appeal you were hoping would excite potential buyers.

Putting a house on the market can mean facing a lot of decisions about home fix-ups. Make the right decisions and home improvements should pay for themselves. Building strong curb appeal should be the heart of your fix-up plan. Start by getting solid advice about how to create curb appeal that is right for your house and its setting. You want the first view to speak charm. You do this by putting together a good curb appeal plan.

Front yard — Shrubs should be scrutinized now. Ask yourself: do they look healthy and well formed? Generally the tallest plants should be at the corners of the house. Others should be there to soften the foundation but not be conspicuous. Keep in mind that plantings look best in groups. Consider moving some or buying new plantings, if necessary. Groupings of 3 or 5 shrubs, varying in size and height can enhance a house setting.

The walkway — The walkway is the path someone takes to get to the entrance of your home. Its dual purpose is functionality as well as playing a key esthetic roll in the high stakes game of curb appeal. Make sure that someone’s grandmother could make the trip without tripping or wishing for a handrail. Any obstacles should be attended to. But just as important as safety and functionality is good looks. It should send an invitation to any visitor that they are welcome. A border of colorful annuals and ground cover can be a quick fix.

Front entry — Front entrance is all about curb appeal. An attractive, well designed entry will score a lot of charm and beauty points if done right. The first thing to think about is the view from the street. Ideally the view should not be obstructed. You’ll have a more balanced look if the tall shrubs are at the corners of the house. If your not knowledgeable about pruning do some research or hire a professional before grabbing the loppers. Branches of mature trees will offer a more pleasing view if their lowest branches are above eye level.

A focal point — The primary purpose of creating a focal point is to direct the eye to the entrance to the house. Adding a secondary point can be a good idea, if it helps to lead the eye along a visual path. For example, this is very useful on corner lots where the normal entry route is from the side of the house and the front door is not visible from that angle. Adding an interesting, welcoming element is a way to invite visitors to come forward. An attractive garden bench, very large pot or arbor could serve as a target for the eye.

The Rock factor – Rock is for ever, at least that’s the feeling we get. Rock, when associated with architecture and landscaping offers an appeal that carries a lot of weight in our mind. A sense of permanence and property. Once the bane of farmers, we now we see it as a natural element in our home and yard. Sloping terrain is a natural way to put rock to work. Erosion can be contained and beauty added with a graceful curving rock wall. A great way to increase usable space and add charm and curb appeal to any yard.