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How to Improve the Value of Your Home With Front Yard Landscaping

by Chelsea Lothrop

The front yard is the first thing people see when they view your home. Whether you are looking to sell, or just want to boost your home's curb appeal, front yard landscaping is a sure way to increase your home's value. With a healthy lawn, a lighted stone walkway and some shrubbery, your front yard will catch the eyes of neighbors and visitors.

Replenishing Your Lawn

Rake your lawn with a heavy-duty rake to loosen the thatch on the lawn. Remove the thatch from your lawn.

In worn areas of the lawn, loosen the soil using a cultivator. Push the claw of the cultivator into the ground, then pull it toward you to dislodge and loosen the soil. Use the cultivator to loosen any clumps of soil you dislodge.

Wearing gloves, fertilize the lawn by walking backward across the lawn and throwing the starting fertilizer in a sweeping motion. Apply the fertilizer as evenly as possible.

Fill the hopper of the lawn spreader with lawn seed. Turn the lawn spreader to "on" and walk the length of the lawn. Before turning around at the end of the lawn, turn the spreader to "off." Continue walking the lawn in strips until the lawn is covered, being sure to overlap each strip slightly.

Immediately after spreading the lawn seed, water the lawn with a light mist.

Stone Walkway and Lighting

Mark the outline of the stone path using the spray paint marker directly on the lawn. Adjust the cutting blade on your rented power sod cutter between 4 to 5 inches. Use the sod cutter to remove the grass in the marked area and dispose of the extra grass.

Fill the path with a 2- to 3-inch layer of coarse sand. Ensure that the sand is as flat as possible using a shovel or rake.

Use a wheelbarrow to carry and set the flagstones along the sand bed. Arrange the stones in patterns along the path, being sure to leave about 2 inches between each stone.

Set the stones in place by tapping them firmly into the sand bed with a rubber mallet. Pour the small landscaping rock along the path between the stones, filling the cracks.

Line both sides of the stone walkway with solar landscaping lights. Instructions for installation vary depending on the solar lights; follow the specific instructions accompanying the lights you choose.

Planting

Visit a local nursery to select nursery stock. Choose flowers and plants that have already matured and are ready to be used for decoration.

Soak the roots of the plants in water for a few hours before planting. Dig a hole for each plant deep enough and wide enough to allow for root growth.

Remove plants from water and trim the ends of any damaged roots using garden scissors.

Position a plant in a hole and fill in several inches of soil. Gently pack the soil down to remove air pockets. Fill in the rest of the hole, packing the soil down as you fill it. Do this for all plants.

Water the plants lightly.

Items you will need
  • Heavy-duty rake (metal teeth)
  • Cultivator
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Starter fertilizer
  • Lawn seed
  • Lawn spreader
  • Spray marking paint
  • Power sod cutter (rented)
  • Shovel
  • Coarse sand
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Flagstones
  • Rubber mallet
  • Small decorative landscape rocks (1 inch or less in diameter)
  • Solar landscaping lights
  • Garden scissors
  • Soil
  • Flowers and shrubbery

Tip

  • When selecting nursery stock, choose plants with a variety of colors, shapes and textures.

Warnings

  • Before using power tools, such as a power sod cutter, thoroughly read the instruction manual to prevent injury.
  • Lifting heavy objects such as flagstones may result in injury. Use care when handling heavy objects.
  • Wear safety glasses and gloves at all times when laying the stone walkway to prevent injury.

About the Author

Based in Connecticut, Chelsea Lothrop has been writing for publication since 2009. Her primary focuses are real estate, personal health, and literature. Lothrop is a former contributor to the Speedy Tenants Rental Agency blog. She is currently completing her bachelor's degree in literature through Arizona State University.

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