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6 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal While Spending More Time at Home

The living landscapes of a property — grass, trees, shrubs, and flowers — play a critical role in creating a first impression of a home. More time is being spent in the safe space of our backyards, and buyers more than ever understand the value of the yard as a place for children and pets to play. The yard is an extension of the home's living space and a natural setting in which to de-stress.

2 story house with backyard patio, blue trim and green lawn.

Photo Courtesy: OPEI

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) offers six tips for improving a home's landscaping to boost curb appeal as well as its purpose.

1. Spring clean

A good cleanup is the first step. A leaf blower makes quick work of clearing debris from flowerbeds, yards, and mulched areas. Also, fix bare patches in the grass and add a fresh layer of mulch to create a neat-looking outdoor space.

2. Mow the lawn

A carpet of grass is inviting and creates a crisp backdrop for the rest of any living landscape. Proper mowing helps create a beautiful, lower-maintenance, and drought-tolerant lawn. The general rule of thumb is to cut only the top third of the grass blades off at any given time.

3. Trim bushes & trees

Use a trimmer, chainsaw, or pole pruner to cut back any overgrown shrubs, bushes, or trees. Use an edger to form a polished, clean boundary between the lawn and walkways.

4. Keep safety in mind

Review handling and safety procedures for all outdoor power equipment. Follow all guidelines, and get familiar with controls. Lost the manual? Look it up online and save a copy on your computer for easy reference next time.

5. Right plant, right place

Plant colorful flowers in the flowerbeds, along fence lines, and in patio containers, especially near the front door. Selecting native plants (refer to the USDA's Plant Hardiness Zone Map) ensures your landscaping will thrive, and it will also require less water and upkeep.

6. Plant for pollinators & wildlife

Native plants attract local pollinators and wildlife, adding an extra-special touch to showings. Family yards are an important part of the connected ecosystem providing much-needed food and shelter for birds, bees, butterflies, bats, and other creatures. The Audubon Society's database can help determine which birds will be attracted to which plants in your region.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kris Kiser is the president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and the OPEI Education and Research Foundation. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry, and a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI is managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual international trade show, and the creative force behind the environmental education program, TurfMutt.com. OPEI-Canada represents members on a host of issues, including recycling, emissions and other regulatory developments across the Canadian provinces.

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