If you dream of getting a neighborhood “yard of the month” sign in your yard, the time is now to start beautifying your front yard. Even if you never get the award, you can enjoy the oasis that you’ve created.
Green the Lawn
The first step to a really gorgeous front yard is to make sure your grass is lush and healthy. Start by removing all weeds. Aerate the lawn with a push aerator and reseed the patchy spots. Treat the soil by choosing a fertilizer designed to work in your climate zone and with your type of grass. Keep the grass watered especially when it’s working so hard to get established. Finally, mow your lawn in a timely fashion.
Highlight the Beauty
If you have some especially nice areas of your lawn already, don’t be afraid to highlight them. A stately tree could look even more stunning with a bed of colorful flowers around its base or some holiday-themed landscape lighting St Louis MO focused on its branches. If your front stoop is attractive, add some potted plants to either side of your front door to help transition visitors from the outside to the inside.
Improve Your Walk
A concrete sidewalk is utilitarian, but the path to your front door could be so much more. Consider installing brick or stone pavers edged with small shrubs to take visitors from the curb to your porch. There are few straight lines in nature, so add a slight meander to keep the walkway organic.
Find a place in your yard to add flowers or flowering shrubs that attract butterflies and bumblebees. Milkweed is a butterfly favorite, but also consider colorful zinnias, delicate lantana, sweet honeysuckle and exuberant Mexican sunflower to entice your winged friends.
A beautiful front yard is a joy to both the homeowners and the neighbors. Make yours a standout with a few simple steps.