Summer brings long sunny days that make your garden and lawn bloom into its prime. Having beautiful curb appeal for your home doesn’t just happen on its own accord, however. Read our tips below to keep your yard low maintenance so you can spend more time enjoying it with your family and less time working to keep it looking great.

Organize your Tools:

A small tool shed or a dedicated spot in your garage to keep your tools organized is a good way to help you know where to find everything you need; instead of wasting time looking for your garden shears in the place where you thought you left them. You’ll be able to find everything quickly and easily, making your chores get done sooner.

Gardening Guide:

If you love to have beautiful gardens but wish it required a little less work from your green thumb, plant perennials instead of annuals. Perennials are plants that will grow back each year on their own and don’t require as much work as using annuals. It’s best to pick perennials that are native to the area where you live so that they will thrive in your yard with very little maintenance. If you like to mulch your garden but think that it’s looking old halfway through the summer. Simply rake the mulch you have in the garden all ready to turn it over and freshen it up. This is an inexpensive and time-saving answer instead of having to buy and spread new mulch.

Not-so-green Thumb:

If you’re not a big fan of getting in the dirt too much, an alternative to having a lush garden in your yard, you can plant (or buy) beautiful hanging baskets or window boxes to give the front of your house an extra boost of color and curb appeal. Both mini-gardens are contained and easy to maintain.

Power Wash:

A quick way to keep your house looking new, power wash your siding and decks in the springtime or whenever you feel like your house is looking dirty. Power washing your house can extend the life of your siding and your deck, which will save you hundreds because you will not have to replace it sooner than necessary.