How to Prepare Your Garden for a Viewing
When it’s time to get
your garden in the best shape possible, it can be a little tricky to know where
to start. With so many urgent jobs seemingly demanding your attention at the
same time, you can just freeze, and do nothing. To make sure you never fall victim
to the kind of costly delays that this will cause, we’ve created a simple guide
that tells you everything you need to know. Work through it one step at a time,
and before you know it, your garden will look better than it has in years.
Mow the lawn early to prevent it from turning brown
Taking too much off your lawn in one go is a
surefire way to ensure it turns brown overnight. While that’s still better than
an overgrown and out of control lawn, wouldn’t it be nicer to have a green one?
If you go out and take the top 2 inches off as soon as you’re done reading,
you’ll be moving things in the right direction. You can then get busy in a
weeks’ time and take off another two inches. This weekly regimen will make sure
that you’re not shocking the grass by cutting it too much and forcing it to
retreat—thus making it go brown.
Add some mulch to your flowerbeds for the perfect visual
Weeds are every gardener’s enemy, and the
problem is they just keep coming back over and over again. If you want to be
able to stay on top of them with next to no effort, add
mulch to your flowerbeds. It makes the path to the daylight so much
harder for every weed, and it also does a great job at helping the soil retain
all those nutrients your flowers need to bloom. It will take an afternoon of
shoveling to get everything into place, but trust us, it’ll be well worth the
effort when you’re done and stand back to admire your handiwork.
Clear away any broken tools or pots
It only takes a couple of minutes to gather up
your tools and chuck out that cracked plastic pot, but you’d be amazed at the
difference it makes. Think about it like this: what would your first
impressions of someone else’s garden be if that was the first thing you saw? It
wouldn’t be a glowing endorsement, would it? Over time, we all get used to
seeing the same old bits and pieces about the place, so pretend you’re giving a
tour of the garden, and then identify any bits you’d rather not show your
visitors. Once you’ve found them, these are the bits and pieces that need to
Make sure you’re not using your garden as a dumping ground
This point follows on naturally from the last, and it only takes a few minutes to straighten things out. If you have a mower, wheelbarrow, and a couple dozen pots scattered all over the place, it’s going to make even the best-kept garden look a real mess. Spend a few minutes gathering everything up and storing it neatly in the shed. It won’t just make the garden look great again, it’ll also make it so much easier for you to find the right tool for the job as you work your way down this list! Store your metal garden furniture too!
Get busy pruning to make everything looks just right
Pruning takes time to begin with, but it’s so
worth it when you get on top of things. A quick Google search will tell you how
to prune each type of plant in your garden, and you’ll be a pro before you know
it. As you start to see everything take shape before your eyes, you’ll probably
wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. It’s that much fun!
Rake up any leaves to show off your lawn in all its glory
This one is a given, but you’d be amazed by
the number of people who don’t think to do it when they have an open house. If
you want to give a great impression of the stunning interiors that lie within
your four walls, take the time to get those brown leaves off the lawn. It won’t take all that
long, you’ll get some good exercise, and you’ll be able to show off that
perfect green lawn in all its glory again.
Pressure wash your paths and patio
Last but not least, pressure wash any stonework you want people to
walk on. When it goes green it not only doesn’t do your home justice, it can
also be very slippery in the wet. Take an afternoon to get everything looking
as good as new and you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes.
Now that you’ve made everything impeccable,
you can add a finishing touch and put an
attractive pull-up banner and inform your potential buyers where
exactly your open house is.