Curb Appeal: Shrubs, Trees, and Bushes

August 23, 2007 § 2 Comments

img_0001_1.jpgNext time you’re out front, take a good look at your house. Can you see it okay or are there trees and shrubs blocking the view?

It’s especially important if you’re selling your house to make sure potential buyers have a good look at your house from the street. And they like what they see, of course. If overgrown greenery is blocking the windows, the house will look neglected. Red flag to a potential buyer.

Solution: Either hire a landscaper to trim your trees and bushes professionally or give it a try yourself. Just check with a nursery to make sure you prune and shape at the right time of year, but if you’re removing the plant, go for it. If a shrub is woody and without leaves, maybe it’s seen better days.

Fresh landscaping is small and spread out and has a variety of colors and textures. Not all the same green and all the same size and shape. The nursery can advise you, but here’s a tip. If you’re planting something new, pick at least one shrub or bush that coordinates with your house. Red door, red rhododendron. Purple door, lilac bush. Then in the spring, you can stand on the curb and go “Wow!”

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