January 12, 2007

Curb Appeal Ideas for the Winter Months

Curb Appeal IdeasCurb appeal ideasfor the winter months can provide your landscape just what it needs to get through the long, dreary cold winter months while you await the budding of springtime. If you are one of the millions of people that find winter's long, dark days to be quite depressing, so you want to make your yard and garden as inviting and heart warming as possible.

Including evergreens into your year-round landscape will help alleviate the drabness provided from bare deciduous trees. Pines, hemlock and spruce can make the winter landscape interesting and, when the boughs are burdened with snow, they can be very picturesque. Holly, when used as a shrub with its bright red berries, adds color and greenery. These evergreens will provide shelter for wild birds and, when you hang suet balls or bird feeders from lower limbs of trees, can provide hours of entertainment watching the birds play and eat. A tall ornamental grass such as plume grass, which will extend beyond any snow drifts, is another way to add interest to the winter landscape.

Bring Pizazz to your Property

But, what can you do if you don't have any of these elements to work with in your winter landscape but you still want to add some curb appeal to your property? And, what do you do if you want more than simple elements to bring the pizazz your property? Here are some ideas to help you plan a beautiful and inviting winter home.

Potted poinsettias with their bracts fully colored can really add curb appeal during the winter. Available from around Thanksgiving until well after Christmas at any lawn and garden center, you'll find colorfully wrapped pots in various sizes. You can display these on your steps, along walkways, grouped around the base of a lamp post, on your deck or patio, or any area you have that is somewhat protected from hard freezes. If your area experiences hard freezes, you may need to protect the potted plants by covering them with a blanket, sheet, plastic, or other protection during the cold nights.

Add lights to your landscape to add lots of curb appeal at a very low cost. You can purchase solar powered landscaping lights and place them in areas of your lawn and garden to provide lighting to walkways as well as highlights to add impact to your winter landscape. These lights are attractive when not producing light and add a warmth to the winter evenings like few other additions to a landscape.

Add these little Touches

Simple techniques such as neatly piling fireplace wood in a visible location can add a homey feel to your lawn and garden, adding curb appeal and making the passerby feel as if they wish they could come inside. A basket filled with pine cones, decorated with a large ribbon is another homey touch to consider as an addition near your doorway. Choose a basket that is weather resistant or simply spray paint a basket you have on hand with polyurethane so that it will withstand the harsh winter weather. You can add matching ribbons on your lamp posts, mail box, front door, railings along door steps, or along a privacy fence. You'll easily find ribbons that are made of plastic or other weather resistant materials to use for this purpose.

The whole idea of curb appeal is to make your home a welcoming place. Add these little touches and you'll be every more happy than usual to come home at the end of your busy day. You'll find yourself enjoying the winter landscape instead of thinking of winter as a drab time of year.

Tags: Front Yard Landscaping

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