Refreshing Your Yard

While Southern California doesn’t experience severe winters, this is a great time of year for refreshing y our yard. With generally mild weather, February and March make for a great time to make some changes. Give yourself an afternoon for these little yard pick-me-ups, and enjoy well into the summer. The added benefit of the curb appeal is just icing on the cake.

Give the Entry Some Love

The front entrance is one of the first things guest see. It’s also one of the easiest things to brighten up, needing little more than some color, a personal touch, and maybe a few accessories. Bright doors are welcome additions in neighborhoods across the nation, with cheery reds, blues, yellows, and greens bringing the eye to the house. This can also serve the purpose of giving your house an edge on the competition if you would like to sell in the future, making a memorable detail. Give yourself an afternoon without rain for this project, and be sure to prime to get the most vibrant shade out of your paint.

Topiary boxwood, mums, and other greenery are welcome a cheery additions at the door as well. If you’re the proud owner of a porch, a little sitting area to encourage you to sit outdoors and your friends to join you never hurts either. For homes that will be going on to the market, the more living space you can help buyers picture, the better.

Getting a Jump On Homegrown

Your yard refresh can be useful for more than just looks. The temperate climate of Southern California makes for an excellent year-round growing season for most plants and vegetables. Urban gardens are increasingly trendy as front yard décor, and taking advantage of our thus-far wet winter is a rare chance. February and March are good months for end of winter veggies like lettuce, spinach, and other root vegetables.

This is also when your bulb plants like iris, daffodil, and ranunculus will begin to pop up if you planted them in the fall. Take a little time to check where they are planted, and to separate bulbs and tubers that have gotten too close to one another. This will make for more productive growth over the spring.

This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to create a raised garden bed in your front yard. Well placed container gardens are every bit as appealing, and can be good for preserving soil moisture. They’re also substantially easier to move around if you want to avoid direct sunlight on certain plants now or in the future. The mixture of textures and colors can also be useful for livening up xeriscaped gardens, or drawing attention to features like fire pits and seating areas. For the crafty among us, used car tires can be painted in all sorts of fantastic colors and stacked for different depths of planting.

Cleaning the Edges

Whether your front yard refresh requires lawn care or not, keeping the edges well tended makes your home look crisp year round. A little attention to the sides of the driveway and garden beds will keep weeds from growing outwards. Pruning after the worst of the cold weather will keep your Along the bottoms of hedgerows and flower beds, add two inches of mulch to clean up the appearance. The additional mulch will keep the soil damp and rich in the coming warmer months, and has a very real effect on water consumption. If you’re the proud keeper of a citrus or avocado tree, the late winter months are perfect for fertilizing to ensure a strong crop later.

If you want to add something new, wood and botanical details are big for 2017, and may be a great time to add some privacy to the yard if you have wanted it. Teak trellis, stained wood, and  containers with bamboo all make good walls to surround a garden, and easily removed if you find it distracting. If you’re in the market to replace any greenery, water-smart options like rosemary, hawthorn, and Mexican elderberry are all strong growers in warmer weather.

Try Something New

California has been pleasantly wet for the last couple months, leading to more opportunities for gardeners.  Taking enjoyment in switching out old details for new ones will keep your home fresh and appealing. If you’ve been contemplating changes, take advantage of the cool temperatures and go for it.  If you’re thinking about ways to increase your curb appeal directly, or to add value to your yard, you can always consult with a Realtor to see what will yield results for you and your house.

Looking for more tips, or thinking about selling your Southern California home in the near future? The Shannon Jones Team is here to help. Fill out the contact form below, and we’ll be happy to speak with you about your plans for your house sale and ways to get the best return on your sale.

About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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