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If you are looking to maximize curb appeal, outdoor preparations should start with your front yard, particularly if you are considering selling your home. By springtime, most of us go a little stir crazy, looking for new and innovative ways to spruce up our porches, front yards, and more.

There are several ways to increase your home’s curb appeal. For example, a quick and less expensive method is planting some colorful and pretty garden flowers.

You know that first impressions make a huge difference in a prospective buyer’s perception of the property. Did you know that a poor landscaping job may make your home less likely to sell? On the other hand, colorful foliage and bright flowers are the simplest ways to bump up your home’s curb appeal.

If you are looking for ways to add some curb appeal to your property, use your passion for gardening to add more visual interest and aesthetic appeal to your home’s exterior! Use these simple gardening tips for instant curb appeal.

Use a Landscaping Plan to Keep it Simple

Is this your first experience tackling an important landscaping project? If so, refrain from planning an elaborate garden oasis. Also, while it feels quite tempting to go for either a fussy or ornate appearance, note that simple and clean designs look more pleasing to the eye, especially when it comes to gardening and landscaping.

You should start with the most straightforward changes that will look excellent on their own. It is best to devise a plan and then divide it into several phases. For example, you can start with foundation plantings and walkways.

Use Potted Cacti and Succulents

One of the best ways to jazz up your plain front patio is to add a few potted cacti and succulents. It is best to choose plants of different sizes. You can also have some fun with the planters and try out several colors that you might not choose for the indoors!

Plant Lavender

While you may not be lucky enough to live in Southern France, you can certainly give your garden a Provençal vibe by easily adding a few fragrant and lovely lavender plants. Your lavender flowers will woo most home buyers with their glorious scent.

Hang a Greenery Garland

You can add a greenery garland wrapping along your front porch. Choose a style that blends your yard and house elegantly into one cohesive concept.

Plant Strategically

There is no doubt that shrubs and trees are a simple and inexpensive way to add curb appeal and value to your home. However, keep in mind that it is a delicate balance.

This is why before ordering a slew of saplings, you need to keep a couple of things in mind. First, it is important to plant the most appropriate species for your specific climate zone as well as your needs.

Secondly, remember that as trees slowly grow, their root systems tend to expand out. Did you know that trees planted a bit too close to your house can easily crack the foundation? This can cause big problems in the future.

If you plant them too close to city sidewalks, you may have to foot the bill for any damage caused by growing roots. This is why it is essential to get a clear picture of what trees will work best for you.

Add a Fountain

You can add some zen to your outdoor space with a lovely bubbling water fountain. The fountain will add a tranquil and serene vibe to your space and may even make a welcoming spot for birds! You will be pleased to know that installing a water feature, such as a fountain, does not take a lot of money—and it can do wonders for your outdoor aesthetic.

Plant Native Plants

Another great gardening tip is to breathe new life into your yard with the help of native plants.  These plants are practical, aesthetically pleasing, and ecologically valuable, and important for landscaping. Keep in mind that if you go with native plants, it will attract many native pollinators, like native bees, moths, butterflies, beetles, and even hummingbirds.

Maintain Your Flower Beds

One of the best ways to whip the flower beds into shape is to pull weeds and deadhead any spent flowers. You don’t have to worry as deadheading is a simple task, and you can do it when you feel like tidying up! All you have to do is look closely for blooms that have turned crunchy and brown.

Inspect Your Sprinkler System and Irrigation

You may have the best and most gorgeous yard on the block, but if you don’t water it correctly, you will face some problems. This is why you should make sure that your sprinkler system, as well as timers, are working well. It is the least that you can do for your outdoor landscaping!