I’m Gorgeous Inside; But Really?

Fall is here! What a glorious time of year with fresh air, the changing colors of the leaves, true blue skies, and wonderfully cool evenings. I love this time of year and the change of seasons! Fall is a great time to spruce up the outside of your home and make it exude “WELCOME”. I recently saw a home for sale with a sign that said “I’m gorgeous inside”. However, the home had very little curb appeal. Well, if you want a buyer to come inside, you need to do something with the outside. This home had undefined landscape beds, with grass and weeds growing into what should have been mulched beds. I would have suggested that they hire someone to simply edge their yard and lay down some mulch in the beds…a fairly simple and inexpensive exterior home improvement. Fall is an easy time to make your home have wonderful and inviting curb appeal. Mums are inexpensive and currently available everywhere. Put a few of these on your front porch. Pumpkins are also in abundance; add a few of these to the mums, hang a fall wreath on your front door and there you have it – an easy fall transformation! And while we’re on the subject of transformation, fall is the best time of year for lawn improvement. Now is the time for aeration, over seeding and fertilizing. Over time, soil can become compacted, especially with the clay we have here in Northern Virginia. Aeration involves perforating the soil to allow air, water and nutrients to be able to reach down into the grass roots. Aeration will allow those important elements in to create a healthier, stronger lawn. Aeration machines can be rented at any home improvement store and there are a myriad of landscaping companies who also offer this service. Grass should be cut before aeration is done. If you have any bare spots in your yard, you can put down some compost and top soil and rake some grass seed into those spots. This should definitely be done after the aeration. Fertilizer should be applied at […] Read more »