Published by The Bowie News
Judging a home by its appearance
is often par for the home-buying
course. In fact, according to the Na-
tional Association of Realtors
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
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 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
For those concerned about perma-
nent planting, container gardening
allows homeowners to move around
planters in a configuration that works
best for them.
Summer landscaping is all about
maintaining what was established in
the spring. Regular mowing, weeding
and trimming can keep a landscape
Other than drought, weeds are
perhaps the biggest lawn and garden
nuisance to a landscape in the sum-
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
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-
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
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
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
Judging a home by its appearance is often par for the home-buying course. In fact, according to the National Association
, 49 percent of buying decisions are made from the street.