Advice from Your Tree Company: Easy Tips for Getting Your Landscaping Ready to Sell Your House

April 24, 2020

Selling your house can be one of the most stressful experiences. Not only do you have to get the inside of your house ready for showings and keep it clean while living in it, but you also have to keep your home’s exterior looking fresh. Your curb appeal matters and when you can make your yard look inviting to prospective buyers, you’ll increase the likelihood of selling your house quickly. Your trusted tree trimming experts want to help you get your home ready quickly. Here are a few tips to make your landscaping in Denver pop before your first showing.

Spread Fresh Mulch
Mulch is one of the best ways to protect your garden beds and young trees from erosion. However, it’s designed to break down over time. When it does, the beautiful natural wood color will start to fade. While that doesn’t mean it’s not still doing its job, it does make the yard and your garden look less pristine. 

The best thing you can do is spread a layer of fresh mulch around those areas. If you have a lot of mulch left from previous years, pick it up and throw it away. But if most of your old mulch has broken down, go ahead and spread fresh mulch on top. It won’t hurt your plants and you’ll still get a beautiful look prospective buyers can appreciate. 

Add Color with Potted Plants
If the thought of getting your hands dirty and planting a bunch of new flowers in your garden bed doesn’t sound like fun when you’re getting ready to sell your house, don’t panic. You can still add color to your home without breaking the bank or your back. 

All you have to do is invest in a few decorative pots from your local garden center. Fill those pots with flowers of your choice and set them out before showings and open houses. You can bring them inside if you’re worried about the cold weather hurting the growth. Even better, you can take them with you when you move to add color to your new yard immediately.

Trim Away Dead Growth
It’s normal for there to be some dead growth left on your plants after a long winter. This isn’t necessarily bad for the plants, but it can make your yard and, by extension your home, look run down and poorly maintained. The best thing you can do is trim away that dead growth.

Use a sharp pair of gardening shears to get rid of plant matter that’s still connected to plants that are actively growing. If the entire plant is dead, carefully dig it up and throw it away. You can always fill these spots in with new plants already started by your gardening center. The more dead growth you can get rid of, the fresher your home will look.

Get Your Trees and Shrubs Trimmed
If you only pay attention to the plants in your garden beds, you’re going to end up missing one of the biggest and most noticeable parts of your landscaping: your trees and shrubs. Believe it or not, your trees can add serious value to your property. They just have to be well taken care of. 

If they have tons of overgrowth or low-hanging branches that threaten the safety of your house, buyers won’t be as interested in your property the minute they drive up. The most helpful thing you can do both for your trees and for your home’s drive-up appeal is to hire a tree trimming team to take care of that overgrowth quickly. The sooner it’s removed, the healthier your trees and shrubs will look. More importantly, it will make your yard look more manicured and pristine. 

Give Hard Surfaces a Good Deep Cleaning
Walkways, driveways, and steps often get framed by your landscaping. When they’re new, those hardscaping elements look beautiful and make your entire yard look properly cared for. But as they age, those elements will start to collect dirt, grime, and debris that makes them look dingy at best and run-down at worst. 

Pick up a pressure washer from your local hardware store and get to work. Scrub away buildup and grime on your driveway. Clean off flagstones, stepping stones, and stairs around your home’s exterior. In most cases, these features won’t be damaged by the force of the pressure washer. Just use caution if you’re trying to clean a stained or sealed surface. 

If you don’t want to use a pressure washer, all you need to do is grab a bucket of water and a stiff scrub brush. It will take more time, but you’ll be able to scrub away the grime on your own. 

Give Your Lawn Some TLC
While you won’t be able to make your grass look green overnight, there are still a few things you can do to get your lawn ready for upcoming showings even outside the height of the growing season. Grab a rake and rake up any leaves and debris that collected on the grass during the winter. Walk around the lawn and inspect your sprinkler heads for signs of damage. If you see anything blocking the drainage areas, clean it up.

It’s also a good idea to schedule a tune-up with your sprinkler repair team or professional landscaper. They’ll be able to get your system up and running again so your yard can recover from a long winter more quickly. Just remember to pay attention to the weather before you turn the sprinkler system on. The last thing you want to do is deal with burst pipes because you turn the system on before the last hard freeze of the year.

Give Your Yard a Helping Hand
If you’re trying to sell your house, don’t just focus on the interior. Give your yard the attention it needs and use these tips to get your home’s exterior ready for prospective buyers. If you have overgrown trees on your property, contact us today to schedule a professional pruning appointment. We’ll make sure they look great and add beauty to your home’s appearance. 
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