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03-22-2007, 01:13 AM
I am new to the landscape design and renovation side of the business and I need a little advice on what to do to the yard to add curb appeal.

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- I had planned to install mulch in the current planted beds.
- Cut down the 2 cypress trees next to the mailbox and install a seasonal flower bed somewhere in their place.
- Reshape the bed on the right side of the house to match the bed around the mailbox.
- Take out the "vine plant" and possible transplant a tree in it's place.
- Create a mulch ring around the base of the large tree right, close to house.
- Trim bushes on left side of house.
- Overseed the yard with Fescue and Fert.

Any ideas on plant location, bed design, etc. would be an amazing help.

03-22-2007, 10:14 AM
How much are they willing to spend?

03-22-2007, 08:05 PM
I'm not sure. The customers said they wanted to clean up the outside and give it some curb appeal. The other houses in the neighborhood are lacking as well so anything done to get the yard looking "taking care of" will increase the resell. I would imagine they are probably looking to spend between a $1000 and $2000.

03-22-2007, 11:41 PM
The cheapest thing to do would be...... to do a little pruning and trimming up any wild branches on the trees and shrubs. Re mulch, redig the shovel edge.

03-22-2007, 11:48 PM
I think you are on the right track. Neatness is what makes curb appeal for a house on the market. A good lawn, nicely cut beds, and good mulch get the most return on the investment, although it does not do great things to build up your bottom line. It is matching the needs of your client.

Adam's Lawn and Garden
03-22-2007, 11:54 PM
1.) Prune back any stray branches/hedges.
2.) Take out weeds, if any.
3.) Re-edge.
4.) Re-mulch, i recommend a black mulch, or whatever matches roof.
5.) Depending on time maybe aerate or overseed front to get some good grass. If not, throw down a fert to green it up quick.

my 2 cents


03-23-2007, 12:52 AM
Thanks Guys,

Those are great suggestions. I had proposed aeration and overseeding, but they don't have an irrigation system and complained about having to pay an inflated water bill so I backed off that one. It makes no since to me, yet perfect since to them so I just let it be.

I was going to put down a 25-0-7 fert/per-em to take care of some weeds and green it up a bit.

Now i just have to figure out my numbers on the mulch install and tree removal/cleanup, etc.

NewHorizon's Land
03-23-2007, 07:11 AM
They want curb appeal but dont want good grass? LOL.

03-23-2007, 08:28 AM
I think their budget is way off compared to what they want done.


03-23-2007, 08:34 PM
I agree with the other statements about them not going for the improvements to the lawn. If they have you do the other work and then the lawn is crappy with bare spots, weeds, ect I would would think the house is still going to lack good curb appeal. Its something about a nice green lawn that pulls landscapes together...

03-23-2007, 08:56 PM
Quick thoughts: I agree with everyone, but would add trim down plants near the house (like maybe remove them) will make house look bigger and show stone veneer. watch how many plants you add if the budget is 2k.

03-25-2007, 10:11 PM
Most effect for them and most profitable for you would be remove the small plants from the beds, mulch, fert, and trim those huge shrubs around the house. Make sure you mulch the beds around the foundation.

I think a double hammered hardwood or a brown dyed hardwood would look best. If your customer likes them and you can get good prices, you may want to consider long leaf pine needles layed on thick...after all, you are in Georgia.:)


03-25-2007, 10:23 PM
Trim, edge, mulch, fertilize definately. Also, you might get a little color and attraction with some flower boxes on the porch railings with some nice annuals, or some hanging baskets? inexpensive and eye catching.
You said the neighborhood is a little dull... Get some bright green grass, some nice looking mulch and some bright flowers in there and how could anyone miss the place???