By G. M. Filisko, contributing writer, HouseLogic
Sellers have a lot of plates in the air during their home sale, and sometimes making their yard stand out is the plate that drops.
Make sellers’ lawn-job easier with tips on landscaping for curb appeal from the June “Exterior Upgrades” package of articles now available at the REALTOR® Content Resource. Here are just three tips on keeping grass looking golf-course green:
1. Green up the grass. If your house has a front yard, you don’t want bare spots, sprawling weeds, or an untrimmed appearance. “It’s so simple to go to Home Depot, buy fertilizer, apply it every six weeks, and water it,” says Mitch Kalamian, a landscape designer in Huntington Beach, Calif.
2. Get sod. If the yard looks really scruffy, you may decide to invest in some sod. According to the National Gardening Association, the average cost of sod is 15 to 35 cents per square foot. If you hire a landscaper to sod your yard for you, labor will add 30 percent to 50percent to the total cost of the project.
3. Substitute turf grass for sod. Another alternative is to plant low-maintenance turf grasses. Turf grasses are durable and drought-resistant. Expect to pay $18 to $30 for enough turf grass seed to plant 1,000 square feet of lawn area.
Get even more tips on landscaping for curb appeal at the REALTOR® Content Resource. Also available as part of the “Exterior Upgrades” article package are tips on choosing an exterior door, achieving the perfect paint job, low-maintenance lawn alternatives, and outdoor lighting for curb appeal and safety.
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