Everyone knows when you are preparing to sell your house that it’s vital to do some touch up work around the house to make sure it’s in tip-top shape to sell. What many fail to do is prepare their lawn and landscaping for the sell. This can be vital to the curb appeal of your house. Check below for some tips on what you need to do to get your lawn in great shape when preparing to sell your house!
Weeding the Yard
One of the keys to a great looking yard is to eliminate the weeds. Whether they are all throughout the yard, in the flowerbeds, or just a weed here and there, these are major eyesores to potential buyers. Depending on your situation, there are several methods for weed elimination.
The best method is hand weeding. Hand weeding is exactly what you think it is, going out and pulling the weeds buy hand, or with an instrument that may help save you from serious back pain. This helps prevent putting herbicides on your lawn which can effect the health of the actual grass and plants in your yard. Weeding is easiest when the soil is moist and you will want to catch the weeds early before their roots grow too deep.
If your yard happens to be overrun with weeds, and hand weeding is too daunting of a task, the use of herbicides is your next best choice. MAKE SURE YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THE HERBICIDE LABELS!!! You will need to find a weed killer that works with the specific type of grass you have in your yard and that will kill the type of weeds you have in your yard. The last thing you want to do is kill all of the grass in your yard. I would suggest consulting with the store representative where you purchase your herbicide, they should be able to point you in the right direction as to what will be best for your yard.
Mower Blades & Fertilization
Keep your mower blades sharp people. I know I know, taking off mower blades and sharpening or replacing them is about as annoying as it gets, especially when your dull mower blades seem to be getting the job done just fine. What you don’t see is that when you have a dull mower blade, the blades tear your grass instead of cutting it. This causes your grass to have rough and ragged tips, and rough and ragged tips invite disease into your lawn. So as annoying and seemingly unnecessary as it is, make sure you keep those mower blades sharpened, it makes a difference!
Now on to fertilizing your grass. First things first, before putting fertilizer on your lawn, make sure about 2 days before, you thoroughly water your lawn and let it fully dry. This preps the grass to accept the fertilization. After you spread the fertilizer lightly water your grass once more. This second watering helps the fertilizer seep into the soil instead of just sitting on top of the grass blades. One simple and easy way to fertilize your lawn is to capture your grass clippings from when you cut your grass, and spread them across your yard. This can save you time and money, and the grass clippings act as a viable fertilizer for your yard. Another simple and easy way to fertilize your lawn is through composting. This is the act of saving and combining table scraps, fruits, vegetables, grass clippings, leaves, coffee grounds, etc. You mix all of these materials plus many more into a pile with soil, dirt, pine straw, and other ingredients and spread this over your yard. This is a magnificent way to add much needed carbon and nitrogen to your lawn and increase your lawns health. Also, you can simply buy fertilizer from your local home and garden store. Make sure you are buying the correct type of fertilizer for the grass you have in your yard. Again, we suggest you consult your lawn and garden expert. They can point you in the right direction.
Refresh Pine straw & Mulch
There is honestly not much to be said here and I will just let the picture do the talking for me. If you have old pine straw and mulch around your yard and in your flower beds, take the time to change it out. You can even use it for your compost pile mentioned above. This extra effort is worth it, I promise!
Again, not a whole lot to really be said here, it just requires a little time and effort. Make sure your yard is weed eaten and edged. Having those clean edges around your driveways and sidewalks and making sure weeds are down around trees and mailboxes makes a major difference. Pick up pine cones and sticks, rake leaves, and use a leaf blower to blow off your driveway and sidewalks. Trim your hedges and bushes. Also, maybe consider hosing off or pressure washing your driveway, sidewalks, and patio furniture. You would be amazed at the difference a little hosing off can do. Again, these are simple tips, but are worthwhile in the end when the person who eventually will buy your house is blown away with the curb appeal.
Add A Pop Of Color
So you have green bushes, green grass, and green trees. How about mixing in a pop of color in your flower beds to take your yard to the next level. There a plenty of easy to plant and easy to maintain flowers you can purchase at your local home and garden store, or heck, even go to Lowes or Home Depot and snag a few. You can go find some ‘annuals’, which are flowers that live for one season and then die to get you through the process of selling your house. Some of the better annuals to grow in the south are marigolds, petunias, and zinnias. Or you can plant what is called a perennial flower. These regrow every spring and are easy to maintain for a long period of time. Some of the best perennials to grow in the south are black eyed susans, yellow flag iris, or crinum. Either way, adding a little diversity and color to your yard takes it to the next level and you will definitely be the talk of the neighborhood.
To Wrap Up
Ultimately, the end goal for someone who is looking to sell their house for top dollar is to make it look as nice as possible inside and out. You want to wow the potential buyers that come visit your house and adding curb appeal will help with that. If you complete the steps mentioned above, you will be well on your way to making your yard look beautiful!