Its garage sale season and you’re ready to throw a well-organized, meticulously staged and totally awesome garage sale. Everything looks great and you can’t wait for the excited hordes of buyers to come pouring in. At least you think everything looks great, does it though? Does it Reeeally? Well let’s see: you’ve got your tables set up, you’ve got your sale items organized by price and type, you’ve put away anything you don’t want to sell. What else is there?? Well, what about your front yard? Lots of people are going to be coming to your house to view your garage sale, which is likely held in, or next to your front yard. What a great opportunity to show off some hard work and creativity to the community by sprucing it up. With that in mind, here are some easy tips to turn a lawn from meh, into magnificent.
Give your lawn a Shave and a Haircut: first things first, make sure your lawn is mowed and presentable, weed any areas that need weeding, trim up your hedges, maybe lay down some eye catching red or black mulch and make good use of that weed-whacker. Something my husband taught me about weed whacking since we bought a house, is that you can use it to edge your driveway. Just flip it upside down and go to town. Probably common sense to a lot of you but I was like: wow it looks so much better edged! Seriously, mind blown.
Create a Focal point: A center piece to draw the eye of your visitors can add a great deal of visual appeal to your yard. This can be as simple as putting in a tree. Whether you choose a stately oak, a classic maple, a beautiful and fragile Japanese cherry or a playfully useful fruit tree, trees provide shade and character to any space. Other good focal point choices could include a small pond, a rock garden, a bench and birdbath combination or really anything that draws the eye without being gaudy.
Add a splash of colour: everyone loves flowers! They can be bold and colourful and just bursting with scent. Lilac bushes are a favorite in the north, they are cold hardy and have pretty purple blooms and a heady scent that makes your yard smell amazing. Perennials are very popular because you only need to plant them once and they’ll return year after year making them a smart, garage saler like investment. You can also choose to put in annuals every year, petunias have a wide variety of colours and can be used to create stunning patterns. You could also put perennials and annuals together in the same garden to create a visual feast of colour and variety. Flowers can be placed in a small garden or rock-garden; you can also put in planters for mobility or dig out an area that follows your front walk for a grand entrance.
Step it up: Decorative terracing is big this year and pinterest is chock full of beautiful terraced gardens and front walks. If your front yard is on a slope you can add dimension to it by creating a step down terrace garden. Retaining wall materials can be found at most home improvement stores. If you don’t have the time and/or money to invest in putting in a larger terrace you can surround a focal point tree with a terrace to class it up or even purchase a small terrace box garden from your local garden center.
Invite some feathered friends: Birds can be a nature provided decorative feature to any front garden. You can hang a classic hummingbird feeder or plant hummingbird friendly flowers like impatiens, petunias and daylilies to invite these living breathing drones to zip around your front yard. You can also put in nest boxes, bird feeders and bird baths to encourage robins, jays and a variety of other avian species to fill your space with colour and song.
Light the Way: Solar lights, while not generally a requirement for impressing garage sale goers, draw positive attention to your house at night. You can find a variety of different sizes and shapes of solar lights, some more bright than others, and even find some that cast interesting and appealing patterns of light on the ground where they are planted. As an added bonus, more light around your house at night discourages prowlers. Evening curb appeal, who’d a thunk it?
Add a dash of whimsy: You can show off the fun side of your personality by adding a few personal touches to your front yard space. Some people put in stone lawn gnomes, fairies or other statuesque creations. There are a lot of nifty solar light stakes in different shapes and colours (I have a red, blue and green hummingbird one in my front garden). You can add kinetic pieces in the form of small pinwheels or larger artistic moving sculptures. You can install paving stones with quotes or designs that mean something to you. Put up a flag to show your patriotic side or put in a pink flamingo to show your ironic sense of humor. Personal decorative pieces can give your guests a clue about your personality, are you super serious or fun and flirty? Old school or totally mod? Just don’t overdo it, it’s a front yard not a Chuck E. Cheese.
Hopefully I’ve inspired you to get out there and do some yardwork! Sounds like so much fun right?! See you next time.
I would love to hear your suggestions on how you make your yard beautiful, please leave a comment below