Want to boost curb appeal? Start in the yard!

April 8, 2020


It’s finally springtime! And with it comes warm weather, singing birds and, for many of us, a damaged post-winter lawn to deal with. Now is the perfect time to bring your yard out of hibernation and boost your home’s curb appeal dramatically.


Curb appeal isn’t just for home sellers! Whether you are planning to sell your home or not, getting your lawn in shape now prevents current problems from getting worse and helps to avoid future issues.


In addition to the basics like keeping your grass under control and trimming the hedges regularly, here are a few projects that will make your lawn beautiful and healthy again.


Tackle those weeds!  Nothing damages a home’s curb appeal quite like a yard overtaken by weeds. Once you get rid of them and take steps to prevent future weeds, you have taken a huge step in the right direction!


When it comes to weeds, there is little in the way of shortcuts. The best way to manage weeds and prevent them from overtaking your lawn and flower beds is to mow, irrigate and feed your grass regularly. Pre-emergent herbicides like Scotts Turf Builder Weed & Feed are great for stopping weeds in their tracks (especially here in Northeast Florida where warm weather comes early and weeds thrive). Ortho Weed B Gon is another popular and fairly effective treatment.


Clear out dead thatched patches (and prevent new ones).  If you are like most of us and have the St. Augustine variety of grass, patches of dead, tangled grass are likely to appear over the winter. This is often due to drought, too much acid in the soil or any number of other reasons.


After you have removed the current patches, the best way to prevent these dead thatches in the future is to aerate your lawn regularly. This allows air to reach the soil underneath your grass, helping it to stay healthy and green. HGTV has a great how-to guide on lawn aeration (click here).


If you find yourself with empty spots, placing a few pieces of sod should do the trick to make your lawn look green and full again.


Add fresh, new flora in your yard.  Adding color to your yard through flowers, shrubs and even small trees can add immeasurable appeal to your home’s exterior. Start by diagramming your additions. Planning your changes ahead of time will help you feel confident in your design as well as buy the appropriate number of plants.


This is easy and fun when you use a free app like iScape, Houzz or Home Outside: Landscape for Everyone (all of these are available on the iTunes App Store). I also find endless inspiration from creative websites like Pinterest.


Spend a weekend to pick up your new plants as well as bags of soil and mulch, get them in the ground and, most importantly, water very well to help them thrive!


If you are thinking about selling and have questions, I can help! Contact me at (904) 501-1830 or mbarzaga@davidsonrealtyinc.com.

About Mirtha Barzaga
For more than a decade, Mirtha Barzaga has consistently stood as a fixture in Northeast Florida real estate. She is recognized as a top contributing agent for Davidson Realty, Inc., specializing in homes throughout Jacksonville, St. Augustine and World Golf Village. She has earned recognition as Davidson’s Top Sales Agent of the Year, Top Producing Agent of the Year, and Top Listing Agent of the Year. Mirtha is a trusted guide for clients throughout the buying and selling process, boasting designations as a Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified Distressed Property Expert and Nocatee Certified Agent. As a bilingual Realtor, Mirtha is pleased to assist Davidson’s Spanish-speaking clients. Learn more about Mirtha and see her listings by visiting her agent page or check out Mirtha’s website BarzagaSells.com.

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