Sunlight, beautiful temperatures, and flowers blooming everywhere can mean only one thing – that spring is quickly approaching. Spring’s arrival provides many opportunities to update your home both indoors and out. Create instant spring curb appeal with the following tips.
Pamper the Lawn
Once your lawn begins to wake from its winter dormancy, usually after the danger of frost has passed, address any bare spots by reseeding. You’ll also want to get a head start on weed prevention by manually removing them before they can multiply. For cool-season grasses, fertilize in the early spring; for warm-season grasses, fertilization can wait until late spring or early winter.
Add Color with Mulch
Mulch is one of the easiest ways to add both color and texture to the entire yard. Its primary purposes are to enhance aesthetics, control weed germination, insulate the soil, prevent soil compaction, and reduce lawn mower damage. Add 2 to 4 inches of mulch around the base of your trees, shrubs, or flowers. Be careful not to let it touch the tree’s trunk or the flower’s stems. Mulch is available in a range of colors.
Plant Summer-Blooming Flowers
Spring is the ideal time to plant summer-blooming (also called heat-tolerant) flowers. The best summer-blooming flowers for desert gardeners include Datura, blue salvia, penstemons, and primrose. These flowers can be planted from February – once the threat of frost has passed – through May. Before planting your flowers, prepare the bed by mixing in lots of organic matter, such as compost or peat moss.
Make a Statement with Edging
Even the most basic garden bed will look fantastic when properly edged. Edging creates clean, crisp lines between beds and other areas, such as a lawn or paved patio. From a practical standpoint, edging keeps Bermuda grass, mulch and loose materials from spilling into other areas. Landscape edging is available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can also choose between several different materials.
Shed Some Light on Your Yard
The addition of outdoor lighting can really enhance a home at night. Lead guests up to the front door with path light set along the walkway; add drama to your front yard by highlighting your garden beds; enjoy your patio after dark with classic string lights; and combine safety with beauty by installing motion-detecting spotlights. There are many different types of outdoor lighting to consider, including high-voltage, LEDs and solar.