22 Ways to Create Curb Appeal

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. There is a saying that one can only have one first impression. That saying applies to the front of your home as well as to your personality or appearance. The front door and entry is the focal point of your home, and it conveys to the person who visits a lot about your style. These tips to Create Curb Appeal will not only jazz up your entry but may also increase the value of your home.

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This has been the summer of make overs for me. A new sponsor of mine, Gilmour, has graciously given me some garden watering products to help with my garden chores. In the past few months, I have used their products, especially their Flexogen hoses, in several garden projects. I have been growing vegetables on my back deck, I transformed my back side garden to a Southwest themed retreat, and got super great harvests from my vegetables, due in large part to their wonderful range of watering tools. Now it is time for me to tackle the project that will change the way my front yard looks. Gilmour is a company that has a wide range of products for your gardening needs, including garden pruning tools, watering nozzles and wands, and a great variety of garden hoses. They are a trusted and reliable brand with decades of American heritage. One of their products which is of special interest to me is their Flexogen hose.Gilmour FlexogenI have two Flexogen hoses and love them. The hose has made my watering chores a breeze this year. Flexogen hoses have been proudly made in the USA for over 40 years and have a lifetime warranty. They are perfect for homemakers, like me, who really put their garden tools to the test. The Flexogen hose is the only 8 layer hose on the market. It has a one-of-a-kind patented construction (many other hoses are made with only six layers) and is built to last. Flexogen is made with crush-resistant brass couplings as opposed to weaker stamped-brass fittings. This means that the hose ends won’t be destroyed if you accidentally drive over it. With these features, it is easy to see why the Flexogen hose is the longest-lasting and most durable hose in its class.

Create Curb Appeal with these tricks.

I have a very modest home. The gardens are lovely and it’s decorated nicely inside, but I have always hated the way it looks from the front. The shutters are totally outdated in color, and the front door is rusted at the bottom and has no appeal. Super huge boxwoods dwarf the entry step, the garden on the right is totally over grown, and basically the front of the house has zero curb appeal. The front entry needs a total redo to make it look more modern and inviting.Front Entry Before the Make over

Would you like to create curb appeal to your front yard, and perhaps add value to your home? Join me in seeing how I make over my front entry. Perhaps you can put some of these tips for adding curb appeal into practice to see what a difference they can make. It does not need to cost an arm and a leg either. Sometimes just a little elbow grease can go a long way.

1. Entry Door. The front door can do so much to create curb appeal to an entry. Give the door a splash of color and update your hardware. We will be painting our brick later this year to a light grey color, so we changed our old, rusty white door to a lovely dark blue color. The rounded glass panel adds interest to the door and softness as well, which the house needs since it is so rectangular. It gives the entry a huge pop of color that I love. New hardware make the whole look brand new.  See this project here.New front door

2. Make your Shutters Match. Nothing brings a look together like coordinating paint. Shutters make windows look larger and painting them the same color as the front door ties the whole look together. It is an inexpensive fix that adds a lot of appeal to the front appearance. We turned our shutters back to front and painted them. The finish of them was like new and it saved us almost $350! All it cost was some paint and a generous amount of TLC.The Shutters match the door

3. Enlarge the entry step. Do you have bushes on either side of your step that are too large? If you do, they definitely will dwarf the entry. Trim them down to size. We had two HUGE boxwoods that made the front door area look much smaller than it actually is. Cutting the bushes down to a very small size opens up the front step and gives me a blank slate to start my make over. We did this early this year to give them time to fill out by the time the makeover is finished.Cutting down overgrown shrubs adds space to the front step

The step in the photo above is larger but not very great looking. This is how it looks after cleaning and some TLC.Front Step after

4. Dress up your House Numbers. There are lots of different ways to add house numbers to a front entry. Before my make over, I had used tiered planters on the front step with my house numbers on them. I liked them when I made the project but wanted something new for my make over. Adding the house numbers to this plaque also balanced the door way opening. You can view the tutorial for the project on this page of my site.DIY House number signboard5. Change the Lighting. I am ashamed to say that the door light on the front of our house is the original one from the 1970s. The bulb could only be changed by taking the light apart, so I left the outside of it off and it was just a bulb hanging in place from the fixture. (it is amazing what one can get used to and never notice, but I bet my guests noticed it every time they came to the house!) We changed the light to one which coordinates with the glass panel on the door, and, other than the front door, it is probably the single biggest change to the appeal of the entry. Not a bad investment of $37!A new front light adds great curb appeal

6. Give the door a personal touch. Add a swag or festive wreath to give it a soft touch and to showcase your personal style. This burlap wreath is a simple project to make and can be changed as the seasons transition, and it holds up well outside too. Since my new front door has an oval center, I’m not using the wreath right now, but as the holidays approach, I will add a swag to the oval center of the door that will showcase it well and welcome holiday visitors. This photo shows it on a plain paneled door.Burlap wreath.7. Add potted plants. Containers with potted plants add lushness to the front entry and give a welcoming touch and create curb appeal. They are easy to care for with just a splash of water every few days from my Flexogen hose and also give some softness to the entry point. I have a small patio at the right side of the house, where I have added a seating area and a cluster of plants. I use a staggered, asymmetrical look to the pots and plants in this section. The chair cushion covers match the brick work of my house too. Total cost for the seating was $32!Charming Seating area

8. Make over your Mailbox. Even though the mailbox is not near the entry, it still adds to the curb appeal of the front. Try to tie your plants into the look of the plants near the house for an extra cohesive effect. The pure white mail box post matches the vinyl siding on the side of our house. I used easy to care for perennials that won’t need a lot of tending or watering. Be sure to visit this page to see the mailbox transformation.mailbox-make-over-main9. Renew the planter beds. Get the garden beds near the house in shape by pulling weeds, pruning old plants and adding new ones. My garden bed on the right of the door was overgrown. I pulled everything out of my border on the right of the entry, and added shade loving perennials that match those on the left side.

I added a layer of mulch to control the weeds and help in watering. My front entry faces north and does not get much light, so flowering plants were not an option. Fortunately for me, I love ferns, coral bells, helleborus, hydrangeas, and hostas!New side garden bed

10. Hide your hose. Hoses are necessary to keep your garden growing in tip top shape, but can look unsightly if left sitting on a lawn or a garden bed. Do you know that they actually make hose hiders? Basically they are just a big tub with a place for the hose to pull through that keeps it out of sight. I made a DIY hose pot from a large galvanized trunk. This big holder is the perfect place to store my Flexogen hose and garden nozzle. The lightweight build of the Flexogen hose greatly increase its flexibility, and the hose is super soft and coils easily. The hose pot adds a decorative touch to the front border and keeps my hose handy for times when I need it.Flexogen hose in a DIY hose pot11. Add height with a Shepherd’s hook. The brick on the front of my house can over power the surrounding garden beds and step. I added some height to the left garden bed and softened the brick facade by using a large shepherd’s hook. Begonias add a splash of color and give some much needed dimension to the wall. Two hanging baskets add some much additional softness here. The plants that I used are a chenille plant and two varieties of begonias: Rex Begonia and Angel wing begonia

.Shepherd's hooks add height to a blank brick wall.

12. Trim the edges. All of my garden beds have edging in place to keep the weeds and grass from growing into the borders. Be sure to keep them trimmed for a super neat affect that adds great curb appeal.

Trim the edges for great curb appeal

13. Incorporate a seating area. Earlier this year, I did a make over on a front garden bed to add a second pretty seating area. I have several lovely garden beds in the front yard, and the seating area adds great curb appeal and gives me a place to sit and admire my flowers. I did this make over on a budget too. You really don’t need to spend a lot to add a great deal of curb appeal.To create curb appeal add a pretty seating area in the Front yard.14. Clean the trim and discolored brick work. Brighten up the look of the eaves, siding or brick by giving them a gentle cleaning. If the house is not too grimy, a spray with a good cleaning nozzle will work just fine. Gilmour makes a great high burst cleaning nozzle that adds a steady stream to clean them up in no time at all. Clean siding, windows and brick work with Gilmour cleaning nozzles.

15. Keep the walkway weeds in check and be sure it is clean. The walk way to our front door has a small crack in it. We can’t afford to replace it now, but that does not mean that we should allow weeds to grow in the crack, or on the spaces in the brick steps. Easy ways to keep them the weeds are bay are to either boil some water and pour it on the weeds to kill them, or use a DIY weed spray to keep them in check. Using a high burst cleaning nozzle to remove the weeds and make it sparkling clean is also a simple way to go.A clean walk adds curb appeal

16. Hide your Garbage bins. Garbage bins are a necessity, of course. But they don’t have to be an eyesore too. The patio area shown above in tip #7 once housed my garbage bin, recycling bin, four or five bins for all my garden yard waste, and a huge mess of things that could easily be stored in our back shed. After cleaning the cement patio, I decided “NO MORE!!” We tidied this area up and moves the bins around to the side of the house (only about 10 extra steps to add garbage to them). You could even put a white enclosure around them if you really don’t want to see them from the side view.Garbage bins on the side of the house are less of an eyesore I had a long narrow garden border that was an overgrown mess of raspberry bushes that had never produced. I pulled them all and placed the bins in this area. They can be seen from the side but from the front it looks like a single bed. This is a great tip to create curb appeal, and it gave me a charming patio seating area in the front that actually adds to the look of the house, instead of detracting from it.

17. Lay down a welcome mat. After spending time making the door the focal point, draw the eye to it with a welcome mat. This simple addition welcomes the guests, adds a focal point, and helps to keep dirt on the outside of the front door. I was going to buy a new welcome mat, but cleaning my old one with a Gilmour nozzle got it very clean and the color now matches my brickwork, so I don’t need to replace it! What a change!Welcome Mat Before after 18. Transition the seasons. It is easy to have a welcoming look to your front door with great curb appeal in the summer time when flowers and plants are growing well. But as fall and winter approaches, think of ways to transition. Add asters and mums in pots instead of summer flowers. Colorful pumpkins welcome in fall in a fun way, and corn stalks can be added to your wreath with just a bit of a switch out. Add white lights on bushes, and a Christmas wreath to your front door to create a holiday effect. Just because summer will be gone doesn’t mean the front door won’t need decorating as the days get cooler.change your entry with the seasons The change of seasons often gives the home owner a lot of tasks. From cleaning a bird bath, to getting the trim on a house clean, a freshening up brick work, and cleaning cars. All of this can be much easier with a high burst nozzle, like a Gilmour Cleaning nozzle.

19. Plant a Tree. My favorite tree is a Japanese Maple that my daughter gave me for my birthday. It graces the front yard and I planted a small border around it to showcase it. The tree is small still, but it adds a lot of appeal to the front yard and I think of Jess every time I look at it.To creaate curb appeal, add a pretty tree. This Japanese maple tree adds great color.

20. Garden Beds add Softness. Break up your lawn area by adding a flowering cottage garden bed. I have a kidney shaped bed in my front yard and I get comments from all of my neighbors as they pass by about how beautiful it is.Front Garden bed

21. Garden decor adds so much. Garden decor breaks up garden beds and gives them a finished look. I use large urns and birdbaths in most of my garden beds. Plus it brings the birds and butterflies to the garden which is lovely! Keeping the birdbath clean requires regular maintenance though. Gilmour’s cleaning nozzles make this a light task!a bird bath adds curb appeal to a front garden bed

22. Add Matching Planters. The front entry is the perfect spot for symmetry. Nothing does this in quite the same way as a set of matching planters.

In my front entry, I have two matching pots of white caladiums at the beginning of the step area, and two tall planters at the doorway, with liriope muscari variegata in stylish tall block planters painted to match my shutters and new front door.New planters complete the look The change from start to finish is amazing, and even though our house is still quite modest, the new curb appeal of my front yard makes me feel as though I am living in style! I can’t get over how the changes of color makes the house look completely different. I’m proud to say that I love the way my house looks now!

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  227 comments for “22 Ways to Create Curb Appeal

  1. Margaret Smith
    08/01/2015 at 3:12 pm

    I love how nice your home looks. What a difference between the before and after photo.
    My tip is to either water your plants early morning or late in the day to avoid the sun from burning them.

    • admin
      08/01/2015 at 4:33 pm

      HI Margaret. Thanks for the tip. Morning is best I think especially if you live in the North. Here in the south, it dries out quickly no matter when. Sometimes we have to do it morning and night! Carol

  2. Katherine
    08/01/2015 at 3:23 pm

    Stay ahead of the weeds

    • admin
      08/01/2015 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Katherine? Do you have a secret for that? I spend so much time weeding. Carol

      • Katherine
        08/02/2015 at 9:13 am

        I put them all in a bucket and I try to weed atleast an hour a day to keep ahead of it. If it rains and I can’t get out I just know I will have to spend more time on another day

        • admin
          08/02/2015 at 11:26 am

          Hi Katherine. I have a bucket out there handy too. It reminds me to weed and not let them grow. Carol

  3. 08/01/2015 at 8:13 pm

    my tip is not to worry about the grass. It will come up on it’s own. If it gets a little brown and water isn’t an issue, hose it down in the evening.

    • admin
      08/02/2015 at 11:24 am

      Thanks for the tip Kimberly. Our lawn is full of weeds. I need to reseed this fall. Carol

  4. harolde
    08/01/2015 at 10:24 pm

    My tip, I use household products to kill my weeds, vinegar, salt, dish liquid and water.

    • admin
      08/02/2015 at 11:25 am

      Hi Harolde. Thanks for the tip. I love using organic means for weed control. Carol

  5. Ann Fantom
    08/02/2015 at 9:10 am

    Use a drip hose in the garden instead of a sprinkler to conserve water and reduce the possibility of plant disease

    • admin
      08/02/2015 at 11:25 am

      Great tip Ann.Thanks for leaving it. Carol

  6. 08/02/2015 at 11:06 am

    So glad to hear about Gilmer Flexogen hoses…it’s always difficult finding a decent hose that’ll last. I take good care of my equipment but if you start with junk, you’ll still have junk.
    The burlap wreath…beautiful and love how it can be adjusted seasonally.
    The re-bar hose guide…brilliant and love the color. Until your tip re. re-bar, I’d given up on hose guides.
    Very nice post, full of useful information and thanks for the opportunity to win.

    • admin
      08/02/2015 at 11:27 am

      Hi Sandra.Thank you for all the nice comments. Best of luck on your entry. It really is a fabulous hose. Carol

  7. 08/02/2015 at 11:07 am

    The dark blue paint and the light fixture add the most, imo. I weed after a rain, when the ground is soft. Next place I live, I’ll have soaker hoses.

    • admin
      08/02/2015 at 11:27 am

      Thanks Sandra. I love weeding after it rains too. So much easier! Carol

  8. Jennifer Nielsen
    08/02/2015 at 12:04 pm

    The best tip I ever recieved – don’t water your yard for 15 minutes a day, you need to soak it to establish roots deeper in the ground. Water every 3 days for longer.

    • admin
      08/02/2015 at 9:42 pm

      That is a great tip Jennifer and so true too! Carol

  9. Denise S
    08/02/2015 at 7:56 pm

    My tip is to stay on top of the weeds. They get out of hand so fast!

    • admin
      08/02/2015 at 9:42 pm

      I wish I could Denise! Carol

  10. nickie
    08/03/2015 at 12:12 am

    create natural markers using flat faces of stones of various sizes. Use a permanent marker and place the stones at or near the base of your plants.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 12:34 am

      Thanks Nickie. I have seen markers like this and love them! Carol

  11. Mike B
    08/03/2015 at 6:45 am

    Keep shrubs trimmed. I know it’s work, but it is SO worth it in making your house look neater and clean. I recommend having at least a couple of kids to train for this particular job. An added benefit is that it tends to keep them out of the house for a while.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 10:47 am

      Great tip Mike. Thanks for sharing it. Carol

  12. Debbie F
    08/03/2015 at 8:36 am

    I have to agree with some of the people who have already posted: Water either very early morning or just before it gets too dark to see.
    I live in Texas so it’s not only good so the sun doesn’t dry out the water too quickly but also being in the Texas heat in the afternoon is waaaaaay too draining. 🙂
    Thanks!

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Debbie. It is amazing how many times I see people watering in the middle of the day. Total waste of water! Carol

  13. Richard Hicks
    08/03/2015 at 9:04 am

    My tip is to keep things weeded on weekly basis and stay ahead of them

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Richard. I agree. My problem is actually doing it EVERY week! LOL Carol

  14. Kristen C
    08/03/2015 at 9:12 am

    Use a rain barrel to save on water costs for watering your lawn and flowers!

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 10:48 am

      Great tip Kristen. I wish we had gutters. I would love to save rain water. Carol

  15. Melissa C
    08/03/2015 at 9:20 am

    Feed your flowers/plants every 7-14 days with plant food.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 10:49 am

      Thanks Melissa. The flowers (and vegetables) do benefit from nourishment just like we do! Carol

  16. Ryan Campbell
    08/03/2015 at 10:15 am

    Keep your garden weeded! We let ours get a bit out of control this year…the weeds were taller than the some of the plants. It we would have just kept up with it, it wouldn’t have taken so long to get it back to normal.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 10:50 am

      Hi Ryan. They can get out of control. I once had what I thought was a day lily plant that was a piece of crab grass monster sized! Carol

  17. Cindy Peterson
    08/03/2015 at 10:25 am

    To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you’ll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can’t collect beneath them. Then, after you’ve finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 10:50 am

      Great tips Cindy. I think of this each time I am in the shower AFTER weeding. LOL Carol

  18. Jennifer Juenke
    08/03/2015 at 10:25 am

    My tip is to try to do everything natural. I might get less of a harvest but better taste.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 10:51 am

      So agree Jennifer. Carol

  19. Tina
    08/03/2015 at 10:27 am

    Use plants that continue to flower all summer and into the fall for maximum eye appeal and enjoyment.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 10:51 am

      That is a great tip Tina. Rebloomers are just wonderful in the garden. Carol

  20. Jennifer Heintz
    08/03/2015 at 10:36 am

    My tip is try to do your watering early morning, don’t wait until the sun is blasting.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 10:52 am

      Hi Jennifer. Thanks for sharing. Very good tip! Carol

  21. Arielle
    08/03/2015 at 11:33 am

    Plant complementary plants together to help them grow faster and tastier, like tomatoes and basil.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 5:02 pm

      Great tip Arielle. It really does make a big difference. Carol

  22. Kelly D
    08/03/2015 at 12:13 pm

    My favorite tip is to use garden decor. I have lots!

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Kelly. A lady after my heart! I LOVE garden decor of all types. Carol

  23. DJ
    08/03/2015 at 1:26 pm

    Use companion planting to help your plants grow better.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Dj…great tip. Thanks for adding it. Carol

  24. Bridget Merker
    08/03/2015 at 1:28 pm

    Don’t be afraid to try new flowers in your yard – we are still learning what works well for our yard and our area. We tried a lily and it has come back for 3 years now.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 5:03 pm

      That is so true Bridget. Sometimes it takes a while to see what works. Carol

  25. lanae
    08/03/2015 at 2:50 pm

    If possible water your plants in the early morning as opposed to watering them late at night!!!

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 5:04 pm

      Very good tip Lanae. It’s warm here in NC so I can water a little later, but morning is best. Carol

  26. Sarah Cool
    08/03/2015 at 3:03 pm

    Weeds are the enemy stay on top of them and your yard will look great

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Sarah. I need to get out there and do some weeding! LOL Carol

  27. Kim Kihega
    08/03/2015 at 5:08 pm

    Weeds are horrible in our yard! We have to stay on top of them or they grow so darn fast! And, also water early in the morning.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Kim. It is the same for us here. I totally weeded everything in the spring and put down a heavy layer on mulch. There is still one (as well as crab grass) that just won’t quit. Carol

  28. Liberty T.
    08/03/2015 at 5:33 pm

    We always put down a weed barrier and re-mulch our flower beds every year to keep them fresh.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 5:48 pm

      Good tip Liberty. What do you use as a weed barrier? Carol

  29. DailyWoman (Lacey)
    08/03/2015 at 6:39 pm

    Using old coffee grinds in gardens.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 7:03 pm

      Hi Lacey. Roses, hydrangeas and azaleas love this! Carol

  30. Jennifer S
    08/03/2015 at 6:43 pm

    Water daily?? I’m still learning to turn my brown thumb green.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 7:04 pm

      thanks for the tip Jennifer. I water daily when it is really hot but not so often as it gets cooler. Plants in containers often need daily watering. Carol

  31. karen
    08/03/2015 at 9:59 pm

    Take pictures of when the garden is blooming, so when you are planting new plants, you can remember what has already been planted.

    • admin
      08/03/2015 at 10:23 pm

      HI Karen. That is a great idea, especially for bulbs that lose leaves as the summer goes on. Carol

  32. Brittney House
    08/03/2015 at 10:48 pm

    Make sure you are planting the right flowers/plants for the right seasons.

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 9:35 am

      That is a great tip Brittney. It also means that you will have flowers all through the seasons too. Carol

  33. 08/03/2015 at 11:56 pm

    Living in the South-water daily!

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 9:35 am

      Unfortunately I have to agree. It is a daily job here in NC too! Carol

  34. Amanda Welling
    08/04/2015 at 5:15 am

    Plant marigolds by your veggies! I had a huge pest problem the first time I planted veggies and someone told me to try planting marigolds to keep the pest away. It works!

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 9:36 am

      Thanks for the tip Amanda. I planted them last year and had good results. Carol

  35. kathy viviano
    08/04/2015 at 5:30 am

    Save your used coffee grinds and use them on your tomato plants — tomatoes love the acid.

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Kathy. Other plants do too…roses, azaleas, blueberries and hydrangeas love them. Carol

  36. sandra
    08/04/2015 at 11:06 am

    use water resistant grass to save water

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 11:15 am

      That is a great tip Sandra. What grass do you use? I’m going to reseed this fall. Carol

  37. Lyndsey
    08/04/2015 at 11:18 am

    Use vinegar to kill weeds!

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks for the tip Lindsey. It does work well! Carol

  38. Vicky Watkins
    08/04/2015 at 11:47 am

    Trim you rose bushes faithfully to promote growth

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks for the tip Vicky. That reminds me….need to trim my roses! Carol

  39. 08/04/2015 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for the tips, love a neat garden with no weeds. I worry about mowing all the time. Hate for my yard to look scraggly. Have planters and birdbath in my yard and tired of pulling weeds. What weed killer do you use if any?

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 2:29 pm

      HI Carolyn. My weed killer is my hands. LOL. Although when they get out of control, I do look at the round up bottle and want to use it! Carol

  40. Rust
    08/04/2015 at 2:53 pm

    Plant a match or two around your pepper plants. They love the sulfur.

    Also, epsom salts make a huge difference in your garden with both veggies and flowering plants. They love the magnesium! . Spread it like you would an extended release fertilizer like osmocote, or put a teaspoon in the hole before you plant your bedding plants.

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Rust. Thanks for the tips. Some of them I had not heard of yet! Carol

  41. Laura Royal
    08/04/2015 at 3:22 pm

    I love adding flower baskets on the porch for added color!

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 5:17 pm

      Hi Laura. Such a good tip. I have a lot of planters and baskets this year and love them. Carol

  42. Lea
    08/04/2015 at 3:25 pm

    Use rocks in an area where you have open space between shrubs. They add curb appeal without much maintenance.

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks for the tip Lea. I added a few rocks in my front border this year and love the way they look. Carol

  43. Rachel Mauffray
    08/04/2015 at 3:39 pm

    Don’t be overly ambitious when planting your garden. The more you plant the more you take care of.

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 5:23 pm

      HI Rachel. GREAT tip. My husband would totally agree. He keeps trying to get me to downsize. Carol

  44. Erica Beaver
    08/04/2015 at 5:03 pm

    Always water in the morning and that in the evening to prevent the water from being to absorbed.

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks for the tip Erica. Carol

  45. Missy
    08/04/2015 at 7:11 pm

    When purchasing your garden tools, buy the best you can afford, and take care of them. They will serve you well if you do.

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 7:34 pm

      Hi Missy. That is a very good tip. Many people try to save by purchasing cheap tools but they just do not last. Carol

  46. desiree
    08/04/2015 at 8:31 pm

    when i live in country we use cow manure and then dig up the garden and then re do before ready to plant we got over 20 ft sunflower and had it in the paper

    • admin
      08/04/2015 at 8:42 pm

      Hi Desiree. Thanks for the tip. I wish I had access to cow manure. It is like a miracle with plants. Carol

  47. Ashley C
    08/05/2015 at 9:13 am

    I try to do lots of research on perennial plants and what grows best in my state. I only planted things that had excellent growing recommendations for her, and it all will come back year after year so that saves me save gardening time and money each spring

    • admin
      08/05/2015 at 11:03 am

      Very good tip Ashley. This saves on watering costs too. Carol

  48. heather e.g. kaufman
    08/05/2015 at 12:54 pm

    We tend to water the lawn in early morning.

    • admin
      08/05/2015 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Heather. That really is the best time to do it, isn’t it? CArol

  49. Debbie Welchert
    08/05/2015 at 12:58 pm

    My husband puts down a sheet of black plastic and cuts holes where he wants to plant flowers and then he covers the plastic with mulch and then there are no weeds.

    • admin
      08/05/2015 at 1:05 pm

      That is a great tip Debbie. I do something similar in some of my garden beds too. Carol

  50. Candice
    08/05/2015 at 1:33 pm

    We weed almost weekly, to maintain our lawn/yard.

    • admin
      08/05/2015 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Candice. That is such a good tip for keeping on top of the weeds. Carol

  51. JIll Hanson
    08/05/2015 at 2:15 pm

    growing native plants and getting starts from local friends and neighbors. I live in high desert country and the only plants I have had continued success with are those that have been climatized to the area. They also will be more hardy.

    • admin
      08/05/2015 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Jill. It really makes a big difference not to fight nature. Carol

  52. Kelly
    08/05/2015 at 3:34 pm

    Compost your organic trash, and use in the garden. I have the best soil, and I keep organic material out of the landfill.

    • admin
      08/05/2015 at 4:47 pm

      Hi Kelly. I love this tip. Gardens really make great use of our trash, especially kitchen trash. Carol

  53. Francine Farmer
    08/05/2015 at 10:30 pm

    Plant marigolds around other plants to discourage insects, try to water the soil rather than pouring water on top of plants, a spray of baking soda and water helps rose leaves fight black spot.

    • admin
      08/05/2015 at 10:53 pm

      Hi Francine. All very good tips. Thanks so much for adding them to the comments. Carol

  54. cassie
    08/06/2015 at 2:59 am

    lay newspaper under soil/mulch in beds to prevent weed growth

    • admin
      08/06/2015 at 11:08 am

      Hi Cassie. Thanks for the tip. Cardboard also works the same way too. Carol

  55. 08/06/2015 at 12:58 pm

    I’ve learned that I’m not much of a gardener, but I love a pretty garden. When we moved into our new home we created low maintenance flower perennial flower beds and they have looks great for the last 2 years with very little upkeep.

    • admin
      08/06/2015 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Sarah. That seems to be a lesson I keep needing to relearn. I have 8 garden beds and they are all large. As much as I love them, I have to admit, I can’t keep them up. Too much work. Carol

  56. christine burd
    08/07/2015 at 1:24 am

    I asked a garden nursery worker how they got the plants to bloom so well and she told me they fertilize the heck out of them … Since fertilizing the heck out of my plants (especially in the pots) my plants have done very well.

    • admin
      08/07/2015 at 1:30 am

      Hi Christine, Thanks for the tip. Glad this is working well for you. Carol

  57. 08/07/2015 at 10:57 am

    I love all the simple changes you made that make up into such great curb appeal. We need to do some tweaking to the outside of our home.

    • admin
      08/07/2015 at 11:06 am

      Hi Barb. Thanks for the nice comment. It really was fun doing the whole project. I’m very pleased with the way it came together. Carol

  58. Kim L
    08/07/2015 at 11:00 am

    I LOVE your hose pot…I love to put items like that in my yard. I found a broken bench in the garbage, which was missing the legs. I attached it to 2 log stumps and display plants on it. It cost $0.

    • admin
      08/07/2015 at 11:06 am

      Hi Kim. My kind of project. I love to save money on redos. Carol

  59. Jana
    08/07/2015 at 11:39 am

    I Love the new door!

    • admin
      08/07/2015 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Jana. Thanks! That is my favorite part too. Carol

  60. Meg K
    08/07/2015 at 1:12 pm

    I like your tips & I would love a seating area! 😀

    • admin
      08/07/2015 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Meg. I have them all over my garden. So nice to just sit and admire the flowers when I get a chance. Carol

  61. 08/07/2015 at 7:13 pm

    Fantastic job! I can hardly believe it is the same house. Love the door, and what a great idea to hide the hose! Well done

    • admin
      08/07/2015 at 7:18 pm

      Hi Maureen. Thanks! I feel the same way when I look at the front of the house. It is as though it is someone else’s house. Carol

  62. 08/08/2015 at 12:48 am

    I have to agree, your front porch and door make over looks amazing. Planting plants and vegetables native to your area will greatly reduce the amount of water you need. If your local area allows it, rain water tanks can be a great way to reduce your water consumption. Use the tank water for gardening.

    • admin
      08/08/2015 at 10:31 am

      Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for the nice comment. And also thanks for the gardening tips. Carol

  63. Katherine Cassinelli
    08/08/2015 at 12:32 pm

    Salt and vinegar poured on weeds ends the progress

    • admin
      08/08/2015 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Katherine. Thanks for the tip. This really does work too! Carol

  64. Pat S
    08/08/2015 at 2:17 pm

    Water early in the day, especially when it is going to be 100 like today!

    • admin
      08/08/2015 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Pat. Yes. that is a good tip. Watering in the heat of the day just wastes water. Carol

  65. 08/08/2015 at 4:07 pm

    Love the blue and white together!!!

    • admin
      08/08/2015 at 9:52 pm

      Hi Danielle. Thanks for the nice comment. Carol

  66. Amanda
    08/09/2015 at 9:08 am

    I know people are said similar things but I like to garden early in the day when it isn’t too hot! Thanks for the chance!

    • admin
      08/09/2015 at 11:36 am

      No problem on the repetition Amanda. It is interesting to see what it most important to others. Carol

  67. Marilyn Nawara
    08/09/2015 at 12:42 pm

    Take a sample of your soil in for analysis so that you know exactly what you need to get it looking good.

    • admin
      08/09/2015 at 4:42 pm

      Hi Marilyn. Very good tip and one that many people ignore too often! Carol

  68. Ken Haggerty
    08/09/2015 at 3:56 pm

    “Embrace the bugs. There are a number of bugs that are helpful for your garden. Ladybugs, praying mantises, bees, and even many spiders are helpful at keeping the pesky bugs at bay. Consider building a “bug hotel” to make your backyard a more bug-friendly place.”

    • admin
      08/09/2015 at 4:43 pm

      HI Ken. Thanks for the tip. You are right. People reach for chemicals way too often But many bugs are beneficial. Carol

  69. Monique Rizzo
    08/10/2015 at 1:28 pm

    Honestly, hire someone to do it, because I kill everything!! LOL Thank you for the chance.

    • admin
      08/10/2015 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Monique. LOL. I know the feeling. I do very well in spring and then the hot weather hits and I always lose one thing after another. Carol

  70. Jen S.
    08/10/2015 at 2:12 pm

    I grind up egg shells and plant them below my tomatoes. The calcium keeps the blossom rot away and gives the tomatoes a tiny calcium boost.

    • admin
      08/10/2015 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Jen. Thanks for the tips. Good to hear this works. Carol

  71. Janet Panecki
    08/12/2015 at 10:27 am

    I use a layer of brown bark mulch to help keep weeds down and keep moisture in the soil.

    I also like to keep my watering can on the front porch, when it rains, it fills and i use that water for potted plants. Plus it looks decorative, useful, but not messy!

    • admin
      08/12/2015 at 10:43 am

      Hi Janet. I love the idea of the decorative watering can that collects rain water. Must try that. Carol

  72. Audra O'Hara
    08/12/2015 at 10:07 pm

    My tip is to weed the day after it rains and not to try to pull a weed in hot dry weather. Also pine needle mulch is the best I’ve found to control weeds in the first place.

    • admin
      08/12/2015 at 11:18 pm

      HI Audra. Thanks for the tip. I actually enjoy weeding the day after it rains! Carol

  73. Mattie
    08/16/2015 at 1:40 pm

    My tip is to remember to clean and oil your tools at the end of the season so they don’t rust. And give your lawn mower a tune up & oil change as needed.

    • admin
      08/16/2015 at 2:23 pm

      That is a great tip Mattie and one that so many overlook! Carol

  74. patty hinger
    08/16/2015 at 6:41 pm

    I try to build up my soil naturally. We have a couple compost bins which I like to call the magic dirt boxes. Also there is a mushroom farm that gives away free compost ,when I have a chance I go there to collect some to mix in the beds. Also we save all egg shells. After they dry well, put them in a blender, then add to the soil. And no chemicals of course.

    • admin
      08/16/2015 at 9:14 pm

      Hi Patty. Your soil must be wonderful with all those additives! Carol

  75. Julie
    08/16/2015 at 7:08 pm

    I water early in the morning and make sure it gets down to the roots..

    • admin
      08/16/2015 at 9:14 pm

      Very good tip Julie. Deep watering is so good for plants. Carol

    • admin
      08/16/2015 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Julie. Tomatoes like slightly acid soil but not too much different from other veggies. The amount of baking soda would not lower it too much I think. Carol

  76. Janet
    08/16/2015 at 9:23 pm

    Sprinkle salt between your sidewalk blocks to kill weeds.

    • admin
      08/16/2015 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks for the tip Janet. Boiling water works for this too! Carol

  77. natalie yeoman
    08/17/2015 at 4:32 pm

    trying to not over water the plants

    • admin
      08/17/2015 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks for the tip Natalie. I have the opposite problem. I underwater! Carol

  78. Amanda Whitley
    08/17/2015 at 4:37 pm

    my favorite tip is to use newspaper to stop weeds from growing

    • admin
      08/17/2015 at 6:05 pm

      Hi Amanda. That is a great tip an it really works! Carol

  79. linda w.
    08/18/2015 at 2:50 pm

    I use full strength vinegar on the weeds that grow on my sidewalk.

    • admin
      08/18/2015 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks for the tip Linda. Vinegar works very well. Adding some dishwashing soap to it will also work. (it makes it cling to the leaves.) Carol

  80. James Nickerson
    08/21/2015 at 12:47 pm

    Here in CA we now are trying to do less lawn because of our shortage of water. Any ideas for us? A good hose that doesn’t leak is a good start!

    • admin
      08/21/2015 at 1:04 pm

      Hi James, The only thing that I can think is to use southwest designed plants that need very little water. You can landscape around them with rocks and gravel to use less lawn. Caorl

  81. Dianna Davis
    08/21/2015 at 1:42 pm

    I love gardening, flowers, fruits veggies, I try taking pictures, of what they look like in the prime. I know at some point I will be down sizing do to aging,so I want the prime ones of each when that time comes–I write facts on each and have them in a 3 ring photo card holder

    • admin
      08/21/2015 at 2:14 pm

      HI Dianna. What a great idea. It also shows what you have in each area of the garden too come spring when things have not started growing. Carol

  82. Mary V
    08/21/2015 at 2:04 pm

    We like to start our garden in early spring, and we water & tend it in the evening, when the sun is going down to stay cool and and help our garden absorb the water and growth products Thanks for the chance!

    • admin
      08/21/2015 at 2:15 pm

      Great tip Mary. I find that my garden is so much nicer in the early spring too. It gets so hot here in the summer and everything suffers a bit. Carol

  83. Danielle
    08/21/2015 at 10:55 pm

    We have such a large yard and trying to keep all the spots watered can be tough especially trying to do a garden in the front and back.

    • admin
      08/22/2015 at 8:28 am

      Hi Danielle. I know what you mean. I’m better at it early in the spring than during the summer when it gets so hot. Carol

  84. Missy
    08/22/2015 at 10:35 am

    I like to water in the middle of the night, it helps not waste water.

  85. David
    08/22/2015 at 12:38 pm

    My favorite tip is to keep you grass long in the summer(the fourth or fifth highest setting on your mower) to shield the soil from sunlight, which helps it retain moisture.

    • admin
      08/22/2015 at 8:54 pm

      Hi David. My husband also does this. He says it really helps the lawn. Carol

  86. Jennifer H.
    08/22/2015 at 1:41 pm

    We water at night when it’s cooler. It seems to last longer that way.

  87. Jessica To
    08/22/2015 at 1:47 pm

    My tip is to use a rain barrel so that you can water your garden with it.

    • admin
      08/22/2015 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Jessica. Great tip. I wish we had gutters on our house so we could add a rain spout. Carol

  88. Erica B.
    08/22/2015 at 2:26 pm

    Keep things simple.

    • admin
      08/22/2015 at 8:56 pm

      VERY good tip Erica. It does get over powering if you don’t limit what you do with gardens. Carol

  89. 08/22/2015 at 5:35 pm

    I have no tip. My thumb is nowhere near green and hiring a gardener is mandatory for me. Actually – I think that’s my tip! Keep your gardener happy so they’ll do a good job!

    • admin
      08/22/2015 at 8:57 pm

      Hi Denise. I am almost to the point this summer where I want to pay someone to keep on top of the tasks. Carol

  90. Elizabeth H.
    08/22/2015 at 5:50 pm

    You should find plants that best fit the type of sunlight you have throughout the year: full sun, half sun or shade.

    • admin
      08/22/2015 at 8:58 pm

      Another good tip Elizabeth. It makes a huge difference to play for the spot. Carol

  91. Hesper Fry
    08/22/2015 at 8:29 pm

    Keep your grass a little taller, to about 3-3 1/2 inches, to reduce evaporation and keep weeds at bay.

    • admin
      08/22/2015 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Hesper. We do this especially when it is the hottest days. Carol

  92. laurie murley
    08/22/2015 at 9:45 pm

    my tip is adding mulch help your flowers retain water

    • admin
      08/22/2015 at 10:20 pm

      Hi Laurie. We do this every year and it makes a big difference. Carol

  93. liz l
    08/22/2015 at 10:08 pm

    During the summer, cut the lawn after dinner on Fridays. Makes you think you still have your whole weekend-lol

    • admin
      08/22/2015 at 10:20 pm

      Hi Liz. I LOVE this tip. Carol

  94. Elizabeth B
    08/23/2015 at 12:32 am

    Mulching saves on weeding time!

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 9:59 am

      HI Elizabeth. thanks for the tip. It really does make a big difference Carol

  95. Daniel G.
    08/23/2015 at 3:23 am

    Make a watering schedule

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 10:00 am

      Thanks Daniel. And once it is made, be sure to stick to it! Carol

  96. John H.
    08/23/2015 at 3:25 am

    Keep up with pulling the weeds from your garden so your garden doesn’t get over run by them.

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 10:01 am

      Hi John. Weeding is so much easier if you don’t let it get out of control, isn’t it? Carol

  97. Michelle Garrity
    08/23/2015 at 8:43 am

    This is a weird tip, lol, but I trained our new puppy to only “do his business” in the mulch, thereby avoiding stepping in poo on the lawn and simultaneously fertilizing the mulch/garden bed. It was actually not too hard to do, and people were amazed he didn’t poo on the lawn!

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 10:01 am

      Hi Michelle. Wow…would not have thought of doing that. Carol

  98. Aimee
    08/23/2015 at 10:31 am

    Is it bad if I don’t have a favorite tip!? I am just learning a lot of gardening stuff! I think if you keep your bushes and such trimmed back then they grow back must faster and healthier.

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Aimee. that is a great tip and it is exactly what happens when you trim them! Carol

  99. Candiee Bailey
    08/23/2015 at 11:47 am

    Watch long range weather forcast to prioity
    schedule your daily task

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Candilee. I do that too. It is nice to know that I won’t have to water when rain is expected. Carol

  100. clynsg
    08/23/2015 at 12:16 pm

    Use native grasses and other plants to both help the environment and keep your lawn in tune with your geographical area.

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 8:33 pm

      HI, Thanks for the tip. It really is best to go with nature instead of against it! Carol

  101. tina reynolds
    08/23/2015 at 12:17 pm

    My tip don’t go overboard with flowers scrubs only plant what you have time to take care of. I have learned from experience.

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 8:33 pm

      Me too Tina! Carol

  102. Keeley Sullivan
    08/23/2015 at 12:34 pm

    I love when you paint the door a POP out color!

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 8:34 pm

      Me too Keeley. I replaced mine this year and love the way it looks against my two garden beds near it. Carol

  103. wen budro
    08/23/2015 at 2:07 pm

    My tip is to do a little lawn and yard care everyday…..that way it doesn’t get too out of control.

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Wen. Very good tip. It is much easier to do the jobs if they aren’t overwhelming! Carol

  104. Candie L
    08/23/2015 at 5:55 pm

    I wish I had snippets of advice. I seem to kill everything. But we do have an amazing rose bush that has been alive for over 20 years. Thank you

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 8:35 pm

      You must have a “rose thumb” Candie! Carol

  105. tallcapp
    08/23/2015 at 6:48 pm

    My favorite tip for the area I live in, is to buy plants that don’t need to be watered more than 1x a week. Difficult to find, but a necessity in the drought area I live in.

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 8:36 pm

      Hi, Perennials are usually pretty good after the first year in regards to watering. Annuals take much more. Carol

  106. Renee G
    08/23/2015 at 7:53 pm

    My favorite tip is pick veggies when mature, but small.

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 8:37 pm

      Good tip Renee. They taste much better that way too. Carol

  107. Julie M
    08/23/2015 at 8:28 pm

    I love trimming the edges. It gives such a neat look to the yard.

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 8:37 pm

      I do as well, Julie. They really show off a garden bed well, when the edges are trimmed. Carol

  108. Danielle Magee
    08/23/2015 at 8:34 pm

    Prevent the line on your string trimmer from jamming or breaking, treat with a spray vegetable oil before installing it in the trimmer.

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 9:31 pm

      Hi Danielle. Thanks for the tip. That is a good one. Carol

  109. Laurie Emerson
    08/23/2015 at 9:23 pm

    My favorite gardening tip is to plant your flowers on a tier. I like to plants small ones in one row, medium ones in the row behind it and so forth. I always make my last tier my Gladiolas in honor of my mom who loved them. It looks so nice when they are tiered this way.

    • admin
      08/23/2015 at 9:29 pm

      that is a good tip Laurie. It shows them all off to their best advantage. Carol

  110. Lisa V.
    08/23/2015 at 9:59 pm

    I find that keeping the grass cut at least once a week makes it more managable.

  111. Rhonda R.
    08/23/2015 at 10:27 pm

    I try to catch as much rain water as I can to water my flowers. If I use water from the tap, I let it sit for a while to let the chlorine and chemicals evaporate.

  112. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
    08/23/2015 at 10:30 pm

    Using Miracle-Gro, fish oil and Messenger on plants and even trees and bushes,

    • admin
      08/24/2015 at 8:55 am

      Hi Jessylyn. Thanks for the tip. Carol

  113. Carolyn Daley
    08/23/2015 at 10:40 pm

    Honestly, I am not the one with the green thumb in the family. The only tip I can think of is to water your plants frequently.

    • admin
      08/24/2015 at 8:56 am

      Hi Carolyn. Thanks for the tip. Best of luck with the giveaway. Carol

  114. Bryan E.
    08/23/2015 at 11:47 pm

    Thank You for the giveaway…Keep Your Mower Blade Sharp and High(er) in The Summer i.e. Allow all grasses to grow taller in summer and during drought.

    • admin
      08/24/2015 at 8:53 am

      Hi Bryan. Thanks for the tip. Carol

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