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You have moved into your new home and now you may be wondering what you can do to achieve some instant impact in your yard. Immediate results without breaking the budget. Here are some suggestions. Determine if your home has curve appeal. You can do this by standing at the curve to video your home. What is your home’s most attractive feature? How can you accent it? What if anything detracts from its appearance? Does your home offer a warm welcoming feeling? Look for easy ways to make your home more inviting. Like adding foundation plantings that soften the approach to the front door, padded plants that add color and warmth. A garden bench or birdbath placed in a flower bend. All add interest and character to your home. To soften angles, consider a curved walkway and a casual plenty of flowerbed. A front door in a bold color that contrasts with the house can also add curb appeal. Take a photo of your home from the front yard and another from the backyard. Enlarge these photos to help you determine what you like about your yard and what you want to change both for this season and in the future. Take new photos every season to see how your home looks throughout the year and to track your progress as you make changes. A well-kept lawn, mowed and trimmed properly is the first thing people see when they look at your home. Mow correctly, never cut more than 1/3 the length of the grass at one time. Do not ever scalp your lawn. It damages and weakens of the turf, allowing weeds pest to more easily take hold. Add your lawn sidewalks to create a well defined boarder that adds to the overall groomed look of your yard. String trim around fences and other landscape features. If you are establishing your first lawn, sods will definitely give you instant impact. With the day, you can have a lush green yard. You can also use sod for patching bare patches. To learn how to lay sod correctly visit www.yardsmarts.com. Annual flowers are a colorful and economical choice for instant impact. Choose plants that have both blooms and buds and colors that will look good with the color of your home. Place if you inside inexpensive clay pots to add accents at your front door and on your décor patio. Flower boxes attached beneath front windows add a feeling of warmth and hominess to many home styles. You can build them yourself or purchase them ready made at the garden center or through a gardening supply catalogue. Fill them with blooms that will capture the eye and add a welcoming note as guests approach your home. If you all ready have flower beds, add interest with a gazing bowl, water feature or other well placed lawn ornament. Choose one or two items as your focal point but keep in mind that too many lawn ornaments can look cluttered. Add fresh molds to your flowerbeds and beneath your tress each spring to provide a just landscape look. It is a good idea to fertilize your flowers before you add molds. Molds can trap nitrogen, the main nutrient your plants needs to thrive. Create nature nook in your backyard by adding a birdbath and bird feeders. You can also plant annual flowers even in the smallest space to attract butterflies and humming birds. Screen any potential outdoor eye sores such as the air conditioning unit with appropriate bushes and plants. Place the plants far enough away so that they do not block airflow. Does your neighbor’s house seem a little too close? But a fence is not the right answer for where you live. Plant a row of arbor vitae, fast growing columnar evergreens that make a perfect natural screen. If you prefer a softer look, use a variety of bushes and plants to create a visual screen. Clean up the outside of your home with a pressure washer. It provides much more washing power than water hose alone. You can use it for dozens of chores such as cleaning your home siding, patio, deck, driveway, outdoor furniture, play set and much more. Finally keep a scrapbook or diary that tracks your progress. Include notations and ph
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