Areas to Address for Curb Appeal Front door – most striking and important feature of the home. Soften – foundations and ties home to the lot. Enframe – holds the eye to the home. Accents – leads the eye to areas of emphasis.
Existing Plant Materials Trees –Health and overall vigor –Location, right spot or in the way –Function, shade, beauty –Sentimental Value Trees – most will remain in the landscape –Small easiest to replace –Large shade trees take time
Existing Plant Materials Shrubs –Easily replaced, about 3 years –Old overgrown, over 10 years probably ready to be removed –Value to landscape –Specimen, rare, not easily replaced Rejuvenation versus replacement
10 Most Common Mistakes Overplanting Too many types Lawn cluttered Trees in middle of yard Shrubs overgrown Poor condition Uprights at corner Bright colors scattered Downspouts Plants too close to home
Overplanting Small when purchased Planted too close together Increased stress, disease, insects
Reducing Overplanting Know mature heights and spreads Decreased maintenance
Too Many Different Types of Plants Lacks continuity No Focus
Create a Flow Repeat a few basic plants to tie together. Repetition Simplicity
Lawn Cluttered Trees and shrubs break up the space and view Appears unorganized and lacks interest
Reduce Clutter Create planting beds Concept of “void and mass”
Trees in Middle of Front Lawn Block view and break home
Tree Placement Best located to the side Enframe the home Exception is shade trees
Shrubs Too Tall For Foundation Peek-a-boo effect Shrubs hide the windows Increased maintenance – pruning.
Shrub Selection Know mature height when selecting Maintenance – pruning to control size 1/3 of the plant material in the front should be evergreen.
Plants in Poor Condition Dead and dying Overgrown and tired Poor care Wrong plant wrong location