Create the best first impression of your home by touching up your landscaping before selling. No matter what season it is, you can present your house as the one to buy.
Spring Landscaping Tips
Do a little spring cleaning on your yard by raking every square inch. Pick up anything unsightly that may have accumulated over the winter and remove any plants that may have died. Don’t forget to check little-used corners of the yard.
Fill in bare spots with grass seed or transplanted greenhouse flowers. Buy plants that are already in bloom to create instant landscaping.
Trim all the hedges, bushes and trees throughout the yard to give them a well-cared-for appearance. Neglected landscaping turns buyers off before they even enter your home, so take care of this before you list the house for sale.
Summer Landscaping Tips
Keep all container gardens and hanging baskets well-watered and neat. Deadhead spent flowers all around the yard at least weekly. It’s probably better to avoid growing a vegetable garden if you’re selling your home.
Depending on where you live, your lawn may go dormant during hot weather. It will look better if you don’t mow it too short-keep it about three inches high. Slightly tall grass looks better than dead grass.
Use summer weather to your advantage by repainting outbuildings, repairing fences and gates, replacing broken windows or doors, etc. These home improvement projects make up for even minimalist landscaping.
Fall Landscaping Tips
Keep the yard raked. Hire a neighborhood kid if you don’t have time to do this yourself, because it’s money well-spent.
Remove all annual plants before they die back, and trim perennials neatly. Replace mulch in landscaping beds to give the yard a new feel.
When your hedges or bushes die back, cover them with landscaping canvas or burlap to make them look less like skeletons.
Winter Landscaping Tips
Avoid clutter by keeping holiday decorations to a minimum. Install small solar lights along paths to bring potential home buyers to the door.
If you live in snow country and have a pet, confine the potty to the backyard and immediately clean up after it. Yellow snow makes a very bad impression, especially if a home buyer doesn’t own pets.
Bring your landscaping indoors by creating plant displays in the front windows. A cascading ivy or winter blooming plant welcomes guests to your home.