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Increasing Curb Appeal

During the summertime, it can seem harder to maintain your lawn and front yard. There’s usually less rain, and the hot sun can dry out your grass, resulting in a patchy and brown lawn. Lawn care should always be at the top of your gardening priorities, but there are dozens of other things that you can do to maintain the physical appearance of your front yard during the hot summer months.

Here are a few simple ideas for increasing your curb appeal:

  • Do basic lawn care
  • Add some color
  • Consider adding garden decor
  • Update your windows
  • Paint your front door

Basic lawn care

Your lawn is an important, and usually large, part of your front yard. You’ll definitely want to boast a lush, green lawn this summer! The easiest way to ensure that you have the best lawn on the block is with regular watering and grass trimming. Most lawns will need to be mowed at least every other week, if not every week.

In addition, you’ll want to use a weed-whacker to remove any of the unruly weeds. Make sure you’re watering your lawn regularly to ensure that the green color remains bright. Consider getting a sprinkler system installed to make this easier.

Fertilizer treatments will also make your lawn green and healthy. Apply fertilizer starting in spring and periodically throughout the summer and fall.

Add some color

One great way to add some visual eye candy to your front yard is by adding a small flower garden. Building a small raised bed directly in front of your house is a great way to do this! Raised flowerbeds keep the plants out of your grass, so you won’t accidentally damage them while you’re caring for your lawn.

Another great way to add a garden to your yard is by building a garden box under your windows. This is an especially great idea if you have a small front yard with limited space for gardening.

Feel free to get creative with different colors and flowers in your garden! You could try arranging them in a rainbow pattern or even selecting plants that are all the same color. Try to plan a deliberate color scheme for your garden to give it some personality. When building your garden, also consider the plants you’ll grow. Make sure you pay attention to the size and shape of the plants and arrange them in a balanced, attractive way. 

Valeria Boltneva photo
Photo: Valeria Boltneva

Consider adding garden decor

A simple birdbath or small wooden trellis can turn a mediocre garden scape into a more beautiful, interesting space. Consider adding garden decor here and there to accent your garden.

Be careful, though, because too much tacky decor can distract from the focal point of your garden: the flowers. Strategically place your decor to enhance the natural beauty of your landscape and to draw viewers’ eyes to the desired focal points.

Update your windows

A great way to add some interest to the front of your house is by adding shutters to your windows. You can choose from an array of different colors or even add patterns and paintings to the front of them. By adding these to the exterior windows of your home, you’re creating something attractive for the eyes to be drawn to. It also improves the overall appearance of your home.

Replacing the windows themselves can be expensive and time-consuming, but if your window panes are outdated, changing them can also greatly improve the look of your home. A uniquely shaped window, a long porch, or a small balcony can add some beautiful contrast to the front of your home. Consider changes like these when renovating!

Paint your front door

Painting your front door a different color can add a spot of ever-present color and interest to your front yard. This is especially helpful when your flowers are in between blooms. Choose a door color that reflects the feeling you want to convey.

Bright, happy colors like yellow and pastel shades can add a bit of flare and convey a fun, modern vibe. Moody, darker shades convey a sense of seriousness and poise. Make sure that the color you choose for your door complements the theme of your home and yard. The changes you make to your home and yard should come together to form a beautiful, unified whole.


Do you need some help fertilizing your lawn or keeping weeds out of your flowerbeds this year? Stewart’s lawn care and flowerbed services are for you! Text or call 801-226-2261 today for more information and a free quote.