Whether your home is on the market, or you plan on selling this fall or next spring, it’s time to take a few minutes and take stock of what needs to be done with your landscaping to ensure that it is in good condition in the months to come. What you do now, can make a huge difference if your home will be on the market. Curb appeal? It’s a must. Healthy lawn? Well-kept borders with seasonal flowers? Essential!
If your lawn is dry and weather-beaten, then with little effort, you can improve your lawn’s health and appearance to make sure it will thrive this fall, winter and into next spring.
If this month sees some rain, then make sure that you begin raking leaves as soon as possible. Wet, heavy leaves create a home for pests. Make sure that you seed or sod new lawn areas as well as overseed bare patches. This not only creates a lush appearance, but also prevents moss and weeds from taking over. Over the next few months, don’t forget to apply a fall or winter fertilizer to promote a greener grass with healthy roots. If needed, thatch, followed by fertilizing and then over seeding. You won’t regret it and buyers will take note.
Chances are, your perennials are overcrowded and the overall appearance is, well, cluttered and messy. If this is the case, now you can dig them up and divide them. Give the plants plenty of water. If you plan on selling your home in the spring, then consider planting bulbs for a spring flower display. This inexpensive bit of landscaping does wonders for curb appeal. Once the soil has cooled to less than 60 degrees, plant spring bloomers such as hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and crocuses.
For color this fall, plant mums, winter pansies and flowering kale. Again, this is a huge bonus for buyers.
Trees and Shrubs
If you are planning to sell your home this spring and you know there are areas of your landscaping that needs improving, fall is a great time to plant for new shrubs and trees so they can establish roots over the winter. Not only that, but often nurseries have some great deals on plants this time of year. If appropriate, consider planting evergreen trees and/or trees that have bright fall colors.
September is a month where over ripening fruits and vegetables need to be picked. If your vegetable garden is looking ragged, now is the time to clean it up. Make it look tidy and well-kept as this can be a good feature for a potential buyer who likes to garden. They won’t be as interested if they see a garden that needs lots of work.
Finally, pest control is a big issue this time of year. Slugs start to lay eggs so make sure to get rid of them now before they start to eat your plants in the spring. Ants, spiders and rodents are busy looking to find a new winter home, so make sure it’s not yours by storing all pet food, including birdseed in sealed containers.
Take the time to eliminate all cracks and openings around your home as mice can squeeze through almost anything. Remember, overgrown landscaping needs to be cut back and make sure all dead leaves are removed from around the foundation of your home and gutters. Keep garage doors closed, doors are sealed shut and to cap your chimneys. The reason? What buyer wants to find out this fall that you have a rodent problem?
Another good idea: If you are storing firewood this fall, make sure it is at least 20 feet away from the home to avoid insect infestations. This is also a good time to check that all screens are in good shape so even the tiniest of insects can’t enter your home.
By following these steps, your home may be well ahead of its competition when put your Windsor property on the market in the near future.