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Published by The Bowie News

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Judging a home by its appearance

is often par for the home-buying

course. In fact, according to the Na-

tional Association of Realtors

®

, 49

percent of buying decisions are made

from the street.

An appealing home exterior sug-

gests the homeowner takes pride in

his or her home and wants to make

every effort to maintain that home.

Curb appeal involves various com-

ponents a home’s exterior, but beau-

tiful landscaping can make a home

stand out.

While maintaining a lawn is some-

thing many homeowners may think is

exclusive to spring and summer, lawn

maintenance is really a year-round

endeavor. The following steps can

help anyone maintain curb appeal no

matter the season.

Spring

Spring is a season of renewal when

plants and trees will begin to look

fresh and green once more.

Spring maintenance includes ap-

plying fertilizer to lawns, replenishing

mulch in planting beds, creating more

pronounced edges around the lawn

and garden beds, and testing soil.

Some homeowners like to apply a

weed-prevention product in the spring

as well. Spring is a good time to plant

annuals that will add a pop of color to

the landscape.

For those concerned about perma-

nent planting, container gardening

allows homeowners to move around

planters in a configuration that works

best for them.

Summer

Summer landscaping is all about

maintaining what was established in

the spring. Regular mowing, weeding

and trimming can keep a landscape

manicured.

Other than drought, weeds are

perhaps the biggest lawn and garden

nuisance to a landscape in the sum-

mertime.

Black medic, carpetweed, knot-

weed, mallow and prostate spurge

are some of the weeds that will crop

up during the summer. Seeds begin to

germinate as soil warms up.

According to the University of

Maryland Extension, control with

a broadleaf postemergent herbicide

applied when the weed is actively

growing will help prevent weeds from

suffocating lawns.

Autumn

Autumn is often a forgotten season

when it comes to maintaining a land-

scape. However, fall is a key time to

keep landscapes in order.

According to the landscaping re-

source

LoveYourLandscape.com

, fall

is the ideal time to tend to a lawn that

just endured summer heat. Seeding

and fertilizing can ensure a stronger

lawn come next spring. Perennials

should be pruned and cut back. Rak-

ing leaves will help keep the property

looking presentable.

Winter

One of the ways to maintain an at-

tractive landscape throughout winter

is to install plants that can survive the

colder temperatures. Winterberry is a

cousin of holly, but loses its leaves in

the fall. The bright red berries can be

a stark contrast to the white of winter

snowfall. Camellia is an evergreen

that blooms from fall to early spring

and looks like pink roses.

Heather is a popular plant in the

United Kingdom, but is growing in

popularity on this side of the Atlantic

as well.

The Home Depot says this plant

blooms all year and offers beautiful

flowers in summer and fall.

In winter, the thick foliage makes

for an appealing contrast to the more

delicate blooms of other winter plants.

Maintaining a landscape through the

seasons makes a home attractive all

year long.

Home’s

curb

appeal

spans all

seasons

Courtesy photo

Judging a home by its appearance is often par for the home-buying course. In fact, according to the National Association

of Realtors

®

, 49 percent of buying decisions are made from the street.