Creating the Ultimate Spring Garden

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Spring into a new yard design this year by incorporating some of spring’s trendiest flowers and plants. Every spring, homeowners fall into a routine of planting the same things each year. This year, liven up your yard with bright colors and take on planting that garden you have always talked about, and spring into a new routine!

Plan the Layout

Your garden holds extraordinary potential, and maybe you have the perfect layout already in mind. But if you do not, draw up a layout of how you want your plants, herbs, vegetables and/or flowers to sit in your garden.

Pro Tip: You do not need to section off your flowers from vegetables, they can coexist and actually mix well with one another. Vegetables can actually benefit from certain plants and their shade. For example, lettuce loves the shade; place your taller flowers in front to help the growth of this vegetable.

When Less Is Better

Look for plants that are grown in your area at local nurseries or shops, because these plants will flourish in your yard. Homeowners struggle with choosing their plants because a lot of times they are not native to your area and will ultimately take a lot of extra work. So, create less work for yourself by dressing up your yard in native plants.

Add Personality

Marking your garden’s items is a great way to get creative. Plus, making DIY garden labels creates a fun project!

DIY Garden Labels:

  • Purchase chalkboard signs and write each of the herbs/vegetables you have growing in your garden.
  • Use some old bricks and write the plant names with a permanent marker.
  • Paint some rocks with the names of your plants.
  • Hammer down silverware and engrave the plant’s name onto the utensil.

Also, think about the containers you are keeping your potted plants in and try to purchase some stylish pots. You can even get crafty with your current pots and a can of paint.

Make a Calendar

Timing is everything when it comes to gardening. Making a calendar will help assure your garden grows to its highest potential. Section off the things that should be done in the early, middle, and end of spring.

Do you love to garden? Have any tips you can share with our readers? We would love to hear from you in the comments section.

Preparing for Spring with Easy Curb Appeal Ideas

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Spring, beginning March 20, marks the start of when charming curb appeal and magnificent landscaping begin to become a top priority. In the winter months, a home’s landscape and curb appeal can be easily overlooked due to unfortunate weather and other natural circumstances. You will notice that your neighbors have begun to put their best lawn forward and it is time for you to do the same. Here are our favorite curb appeal ideas to transition your home for spring:

Do General Yard Maintenance

Spring is the perfect time to get your yard back into shape. Begin by mulching, weeding, mowing, and planting your flower beds. General yard maintenance can easily transition your house from a winter nightmare into a spring paradise. 

Repaint Your Window Shutters

Older homes may need an extra coat of paint here or there, but you can also recreate your home’s look by repainting your window shutters. All it takes is a little imagination to get your house from boring to alluring. Be sure to do several coats of paint to ensure your window shutters look top-notch. 

Design with Vibrant Plants

Take advantage of different colors in your garden this year. Your yard holds a lot of potential and the items you plant in your garden can make your home stand out from the rest. Go to your local nursery and look through the different varieties of plants and flowers to get an idea of what you want for your home. It is also essential to find plants that thrive in your local climate. If you are unsure, a local nursery worker can be a significant resource. 

Add Decorative Pieces

Decorative pieces can really set a house apart from the rest. If you are trying to take your home to the next level, focus on its “glam” aspect. Include light fixtures in your yard, a doormat by the front door, beautiful containers to hold your plants, and a cozy seating area to create a gorgeous outdoor oasis. 

Spruce up Anything Dull

Winter can be a harsh month on your home’s exterior and garden. Things in your home can become dull or even fade. Try to do a yearly check-up for things that may need an extra coat of paint or maintenance.

  • Check the quality of your house numbers, mailbox, fence, garage door, etc.

Give Yourself a Place to Relax

Take advantage of the serene space you have created for yourself outdoors. Give yourself a place to sit down with guests or a place to read your favorite book. Spending time outdoors can be healthy and renewing.

  • If you live in a neighborhood, having an outdoor spot to hang out in gives you the opportunity to meet new neighbors while you sit outside.

With the weather warming up in the next couple of weeks, now is the time to tidy up your yard! We hope you enjoyed this quick and easy curb appeal updates and if you are looking to update the inside of your home, we are happy to help!

Ideas for Winter Porch Decor

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Winter can often be considered dreary and take a toll on our property’s curb appeal.  Shoveled walkways, snow-covered shrubbery, and unmanaged snow piles can be quite unattractive.  Porches that are commonly full of greenery and life lose attention and become unmaintained.  Flower baskets, patio chairs, and plants can really rejuvenate the area, but how do you go about that during the winter?  Plants cannot live through the chilly temperatures, and it is no longer an ideal hang out spot during the frigid months.  Though challenging, you can still keep your porch looking great during the winter.  To help, we put together some simple ways to keep your outdoor porch look great during the winter. Let’s take a look!

Plants

Just because its winter does not mean you cannot incorporate greenery anymore.  Using decorative pines and evergreens is a great way to add life back to your porch during the winter.  Plus, they can stay past the holidays and continue to make a powerful statement throughout the chilly season.

Rustic

Try adding different elements of nature that complement the winter season.  You can display your firewood neatly on your porch, add a wreath of whither woods, or incorporate some distressed furniture.  While your porch may not be the go-to hangout spot during the winter months, having some rustic patio furniture is a great way to keep your porch feeling welcoming and inviting. Plus, who knows, maybe you will begin to use it more with a hot cup of coffee and great company.

Seasonal Decor

Adding seasonal decor is another way you can spruce up your porch this season.  Adding holiday welcome mats, decorative items like pine cones and wood bundles, and seasonal patterns like outdoor quilts or curtains can make quite a statement.  Remember, enhancing your porch during the winter is a great way to keep up your curb appeal.

Try to spruce up your porch even during the duller months.  It is an easy way to take pride in your home and enhance your exterior.  The winter can be brutal but do not let that stop you from making your home the best you can.

Do you keep your porch looking nice all year around?  Let us know below in the comment section.