Just because its winter doesn’t mean your home can’t have great curb appeal. Here are some simple ways to keep the outside of your home looking great this winter.
Homeowners tend to accept the fact that our lawns look drab in the winter, and just hold our breath and wait for the spring. It’s true that most plants begin to die out and generally your lawn begins to lose its color, but there are many simple ways to reverse this and increase curb appeal even in the brisk of January.
Many popular flowers bloom in the spring and summer, but there is a certain selection of plants that actually thrive in the wintertime and can add a pop of color.
The American Beautyberry is an outdoor plant that blooms purple berries in early fall and last through the winter. Similarly, the American Cranberry bush is a shrub that blooms white flowers initially which turn into bright red berries which complement snow perfectly.
Although they’re more of a commitment, trees are also another option for adding color to your yard that’ll last for years. Japanese stewartia trees have a beautiful orange-colored bark that reveals itself in winter, and Coral Bark Japanese Maple trees sport bright red bark that lasts year round.
Another simple thing to add color to your yard is to consider yard art. This varies from colorful pots for your plants to sculptures and other structures, so you can personalize your yard your way.
Give it Life
Color isn’t the only thing that can make your yard stand out; adding texture is another element that’s sure to spruce your yard up. Planting trees like Evergreens stay green year round, and will add a pop of green even when the rest of your plants are lifeless. Adding any types of trees creates height in your yard to make it look more diverse.
Make sure to keep your trees trimmed, though, to keep it looking tamed and neat. This same advice goes for bushes as well, keeping your bushes trimmed is essential to having a nicely put together yard in all seasons. This also keeps them healthy- just like a haircut!
A quick tip to adding life to your garden is to add plants that attract beautiful winter birds while adding color too. Examples of these plants are Holly, Ivy and Honeysuckle, which all smell amazing and look pretty too! No place to add trees and bushes, try hanging a unique bird feeder and let the birds come to you!
Bring a pop of color in a container on your front porch, in your garden bed or near your front door.
You can use ornamental grasses and surround them with winter-growing annuals like pansies and violas or flowering ornamental cabbage. Cluster a few container plantings together of varying height or use large containers at the entrance to your home.
Keep your Grass Healthy
Under all that (possible) snow, your grass may take a hit. Do your best to keep your lawn happy and healthy in order to prepare for spring.
Using grass seed that specifies that it’s for “cool weather” is a great way to ensure your grass is getting the best treatment for the winter.
Raking leaves in the fall frequently will also save your grass from suffocating and dying out before December. Keep those leaves out of your gutter too. Not only do gutters full of leaves look messy, blocked gutters can cause interior leaks in your home. A clog free gutter system is an easy way to be sure your gutters never fill with debris and leaves.
Cut your grass a bit shorter than you normally would in the spring. The final cut for the season should be about two inches.
Fertilizing your lawn and aerating the ground before the first freeze will help your lawn store the nutrients it needs to come back lush when the weather turns warmer.
Basic housekeeping tactics can make a huge difference in the health of your front yard. Putting down mulch in gardens is also a good way to keep your flowers health by preventing the growth of weeds. Less time pulling weeds means more time for hot chocolate wrapped in a cozy blanket. A two-inch layer of month will help contain the moisture your plants need and a uniformity of temperature.
Take a look at your trees and their susceptibility to breaking under the weight of snow or ice. Tie weaker branches together to help them bare the weight. Remove ice and snow from tree branches that seem weak.
Take care not to use snow and ice melting agents that can poison or draw water away from roots.
Take stock of where your bushes are on your property and make sure to shovel snow to a spot on your property that won’t bury and crush bushes and plantings.
Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal This Winter
Just because the cold weather season is here doesn’t mean you shouldn’t layer up and tend to your yard. Your lawn will thank you in the springtime and possibly save you some money otherwise used on putting down new grass.