Landscaping and Curb Appeal in the Spring & Summer

April 21, 2015 | Christina

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For those thinking of selling a property, curb appeal is an important factor to consider. A well maintained lawn indicates that the owner cares about the property.  A recent article Sell You Home Sooner with these Effortless Landscaping Tips (Source: http://www.newscanada.com/en) outlines several tips by Michelle Sordi at Husqvarna that may help homeowners with landscaping.  Here are five tips to consider:

1.  Spring-cleaning
Spring-cleaning is recommended when "the snow has melted and the soil has dried up a bit".  Remove layers of leaves that may lead to the grass decaying or moulding.  If using a rake, wait until the lawn has started to grow.

2.  Mow the Lawn
For a "fine, sustainable lawn", a grass level of 5 to 9 cm is recommended.  Remember not to cut the grass "too short".

3.  Get Rid of Weeds
Remove weeds from your lawn as early as possible.

4.  Shape and Edge the Lawn
Trim the edges if you want your lawn to look great.

5.  Add Colour
Replace overgrown bushes with "leafy plants and colourful annuals.  Surround bushes and trees with dark or reddish-brown bark mulch".  Potted plants can "add a splash of colour and can be taken with you when you move."

For more information on landscape gardening, check out the following titles at the Toronto Public Library:

How to Make a Garden Gardening Basics for Canadians for Dummies Lawns for Canada
How to Make a Garden Gardening Basics for Canadians for Dummies Lawns for Canada

 
For people who live in smaller spaces or condominiums, the following titles may be of interest: 

Pot It Up Stuart Robertson's Tips on Container Gardening Small-Space Container Gardens
Pot It Up Stuart Robertson's Tips on Container Gardening Small-Space Container Gardens

For additional titles, search the Toronto Public Library catalogue with the recommended subjects:

  • Container gardening
  • Gardening
  • Landscape gardening
  • Lawns
  • Organic gardening
  • Plants, potted
  • Small gardens
  • Urban gardening

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