Curb appeal plays a big role in your home’s sales potential.
Not only can a great, curbside aesthetic help you fetch a higher price, but it can also help your house sell faster – both huge advantages in the typically slow winter housing market.
But the colder months often aren’t kind to lawns and foliage – and keeping that curb appeal up can be hard, especially after ice, snow and freezing rain have reared their ugly heads.
Fortunately, winter – and the harsh weather that comes along with it – is almost in the rear view. Want to revive your lawn and get that curb appeal back in gear before the hot spring home buying market is upon us? Here are some tips:
- Let it grow. Keep the trimming and mowing to a minimum. The more you mow it, the less extensive the root system is – and that can make it hard for your lawn to survive in stressful conditions, whether those are cold, hot, wet, dry or somewhere in between. Let your grass grow a few inches or so before you start mowing, and when you do, adjust the blade so it’s at its highest point.
- Apply fertilizer. When you do mow it for that first time, make sure you apply a quality fertilizer once you’re done. The long winter has likely robbed it of the water and nutrients it needs to flourish, and a fertilizer can help replenish its stores. Consider using a slow-releasing product that spreads out the nutrient-boosting over time. This will give you the most bang for your buck in terms of curb appeal.
- Remove the weeds and dead foliage. First, clear away the dead leaves and other debris from your lawn and garden beds. If there’s heavy weed coverage, use a weed killer to thoroughly address the issue. If weeds aren’t bad just yet, pull them out by hand and pay close attention to regrowth over the next few weeks. If they come back, a weed killer may be your only solution.
- Aerate it. Use a rake or plug aerator to poke small holes throughout the lawn – especially if it’s been stepped on or tamped down over the course of the winter. This will allow the soil to soak up more water and nutrients (and do so faster). If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, considering hiring a pro to take on the task instead. You don’t want to hurt your lawn even more than it already is – so tread carefully if you decide to DIY it.
- Turn those sprinklers on. If you’ve got a sprinkler system installed, schedule it to feed your lawn at least an inch or so of water a week. If you don’t have a system, make it a point to set out your sprinkler or hand-water the lawn the same amount. If you have to, set yourself an alarm or put a reminder on your calendar. Make sure to water in the mornings or evenings, when the sun can’t come in and immediately dry it all up. Dusk and dawn are the best options, but be sure to heed any no-watering hours in your neighborhood or county.
- Watch and wait. In most cases, your lawn will come back to life with the right amount of time and care, but if dead or bald spots still litter your yard, you might need to consider patching those areas up. In smaller areas, seeding should be sufficient to address the problem, but in seriously deficient patches, you may need to buy sod for better coverage. Just make sure to take a sample of your grass to the local garden center when you pick out your sod. You want it to make as closely as possible to prevent hurting your curb appeal.
Your lawn is an important part of your curb appeal, so if winter has done a number on your grass or gardens, take the time now to start bringing it back to life. Your curb appeal can make or break your home sale. The better it looks from the street (and in photos), the faster it’s likely to sell!
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