Pre­pare yard for a spring sale

Whitsunday Times - - RESIDENTIAL -

ARE YOU sell­ing your home this spring and wor­ried you have let your yard go a bit wild and unat­tended this win­ter?

The yard is of­ten the first thing prospec­tive buy­ers see when they ar­rive at an open for in­spec­tion. An over­grown tan­gle of weeds doesn’t present the best first im­pres­sion so grab your gar­den­ing gloves and get to work on pre­par­ing the out­side of your home for a Spring sale.

Re­move the win­ter

Rake up all the ev­i­dence of win­ter. Leaves, stray sticks, stones and more are not ap­peal­ing and main­tain­ing a vis­i­bly clean yard can make the world of dif­fer­ence.

Weed

Weeds can be a pain to get rid of but it’s an es­sen­tial part of main­tain­ing your lawn and gar­den. Re­mem­ber it’s of­ten the lit­tle things that can make a big dif­fer­ence in your yard’s ap­peal. A weed-free yard will not only look health­ier, but it will show you care about all as­pects of your prop­erty.

Time for a trim

It’s im­por­tant to reg­u­larly mow your lawn to en­sure the grass is even and healthy. Re­mem­ber to also do the edges to keep it neat and en­sure the out­side of your lawn doesn’t grow faster than the mid­dle.

Keep it hy­drated

Grass will be­come dry and a dull shade of green if it’s not wa­tered reg­u­larly. If it’s been a dry win­ter then this step is es­sen­tial as grass and plants need reg­u­lar hy­dra­tion. Pay at­ten­tion to ar­eas that may be shel­tered and there­fore not re­ceive as much mois­ture when it rains.

Plant sea­sonal plants and flow­ers

Look for plants that will be in bloom dur­ing your sell­ing pe­riod. Broad-leaf fo­liage plants are great for year-round growth as they can with­stand cold and hot tem­per­a­tures and are very adapt­able (make sure you keep them away from walk­ways as they can be very sharp).

Seek ex­pert ad­vice on the most suit­able plants for your out­door space.

Prune

Trim­ming back any hedges, trees or large plants can make your house ap­pear more invit­ing. Prun­ing your plants also en­cour­ages new growth so prun­ing a few weeks be­fore your sell­ing pe­riod should mean your plants are look­ing fresh and full by the first open for in­spec­tion.

Mulch

Once ev­ery­thing else is done, spread mulch around your gar­den beds. Mulch will help keep mois­ture in your plants, make your gar­dens eas­ier to main­tain dur­ing the sale pe­riod and give your yard a fresh fin­ish. Be sure to use mulch that suits your gar­den type and style.

Some­times you have to spend money to make money, says An­thony Scott from Chan­nel 10’s Home Team, and a fresh new look can help your home ap­peal to buy­ers.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IT’S SPRING: Take ad­van­tage of the beau­ti­ful spring sea­son and tend to your gar­den. An un­kempt gar­den could turn po­ten­tial buy­ers away.

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