Flowers Can Add Quick Curb Appeal and Value
Even if you have a black thumb or hate to deal with gardening, just a simple stop at the hardware store or nursery can add lots of value to the sale of your home and you won't have to water or care for them long. They are inexpensive and easy, immediately enhancing your home's curb appeal.
You can plant them in the ground, if you have the room, but it is sometimes easier to use an inexpensive redwood planter's box. Planter's boxes are rectangular in shape and fit nicely on a porch, patio, windowsill, or practically anywhere.
For the flowers, a splash of color is what is important.
Choose whatever appeals to you, but some flowers that are colorful and easy to deal with are marigolds, pansies, snapdragons and alyssum. You can purchase for very little money. Also, go with what's in season to get the best bang for your buck.
If you want to do one-stop shopping, just step into The Garden Place, or Greenbelt Garden Center for local flowers.
First, choose how many boxes or plants you feel will help fill out the desired area. A typical box is two feet long, but they vary in size depending on what you need.
Second, you need the flowers. Marigolds are a bright yellow and vivid orange. Pansies are a variety of dark purple to pale violet. Snapdragons are taller and range from pink to blood red. Alyssum is used to fill out between the plants and have tiny white or purple flowers on a bed of green.
Third, get a bag of outdoor potting soil if you are using boxes. Potting soil adds richness to the ground too if you are planting directly in the ground If you don't know how much to buy, ask the customer service clerk who will love to help you.
All you do is fill up the box to the top with potting soil, tamp it down a little bit, make a hollow space using your fingers, pop the plant from the plastic tray and...plant it.
Plant the snapdragons in the back or middle, as they will be taller than the other flowers. Space in the pansies and marigolds using about twelve to fourteen total plants for each box (total combination of snapdragons, marigold and pansies).
Then take the alyssum and plant those in between the other plants so that everything looks full and green.
What you have is an "immediate" result, something that looks green, colorful, lush and full from the start. You don't have to wait weeks for a great-looking result.
After a few weeks, the flowers will grow taller, spread out, and the alyssum will begin to spill over the edges of the planter's box. So even if you haven't sold the house yet, your home will continue to look better and better. Make sure you keep those weeds pulls. Also, when you are done, nothing says "Finished" like mulch or bark spread over the ground. Cocoa chips make great mulch and keep slugs out plus the chocolate smell will entice those walking up to your home.
All of these plants like sunny areas to partial shade. It does not take a gardening genius to create a great effect. Use some plant food once every three weeks and water when things get dry.
Still not enough?
Get some Cyclamen in small pots. These have a base foliage of green and faintly white leaves, with red, pink, or white flowers that shoot up from the leaves. They look very nice, fit in smaller pots, and enjoy shady areas.
Why use planter's boxes and pots? Because it is less work, plus after you see the result, you'll want to take them with you. If you plant them in the ground and sell your house, they are "real estate" and must remain with the property.
But if you choose to take these plants with you it is a great way to make your new home look "dressed up and accessorized" as soon as you move in.
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