The green (and much warmer) season of spring officially begins in late March. Now is the time to start planning your front of house landscaping for this colorful and (hopefully) balmy time of year.
Don’t have a great talent—or love—for gardening? No worries. We have five easy front of home landscaping ideas for spring that anyone can maintain.
Get ready to spring into spring with pastels, eggs, and greenery for a front lawn that’s bursting with color!
5 Easy Front of House Ideas
1. Tulips Galore!
Spring is the time for one amazing flower: tulips! These perky flowers synonymous with Holland come in a range of pastel hues and usher in the easy lighthearted ambiance of spring. And, for those who hate to tend to the garden, tulips also are really easy to maintain. Two cardinal rules for growing tulips are sun and drainage. Gardening Know How states that tulips thrive in sunlight but do not like soil that is too wet (they will rot!).
When planting tulips, you can opt for one color or mix and match for a spring bouquet featuring many hues.
2. Lazy Daisies
Daisies are an easy flower, too. These flowers are delicate, sweet and closely tied to the bohemian Hippie culture of the 60s and 70s. It’s hard not to love a daisy! You might notice daisies (or a related flower) growing in the wild. So what do you need to know about growing them in your front yard?
Daisies grow best in full sun, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. So make sure that any place you plant those seeds receives LOTS of sunlight. The Almanac says that you only need to water daisies during summer if there is less than an inch of rain (each week). During rainy summer weeks, don’t stress about watering those lazy daisies! Plants like daisies that don’t use much water also are an eco-friendly way to beautify the front lawn.
3. Painted Eggs
Spring is the season of Easter eggs! The tradition of the egg dates back to ancient times when eggs were a symbol of fertility. Today, the egg may have a different meaning depending on religious beliefs. However, during spring, egg hunts abound! Embrace this egg-cellent symbol of spring by adding eggs to your front lawn décor.
Use egg-shaped rocks or stones and decorate them for the season. Choose pastel hues for designs, and scatter your eggs around the garden. Stones can be used to create accent borders or halos around flower gardens, too.
4. Geometric Hedges
Spring is the green season. Celebrate the evergreen beauty of the season by using sculpted hedges as your front lawn focal point. If your lawn already features hedges, trim them into unique shapes to create interest.
Visit your local nursery to inquire about the best hedges for your front yard. Expert landscape architects can help create an amazing design bursting with curb appeal.
5. Keep the Lawn Green & Clean
Not interested in a garden or other front of house designs? The easiest way to create amazing curb appeal with your front lawn is to keep the grass trim and beautifully green. By choosing the appropriate plants and watering carefully, you can both save money and the planet!
As the rainfall may increase during spring, you may need to mow the grass more often. Use the right height on your mower and don’t forget to pluck those weeds! Family Handyman also recommends aerating the lawn.
While these ideas will help add curb appeal to your home, some spring front lawn décor ideas are best avoided. Here are five common ways that you may be killing the look of your front of house landscaping.
Five Front of House Landscaping Looks to Avoid
1. Lawn Ornaments!
Yes, some lawn ornaments are fun or just plain cute. Others, though, are simply obnoxious. If you’re front of house landscaping is littered with ornaments, well, it’s time for some serious spring cleaning!
If you’re prepping your home for Easter or other spring holidays, it’s ok to place a cute bunny or another figure in your front lawn. However, remove it after the holiday (as you would a holiday snow globe or inflatable).
2. Uncut Grass
Taking care of your lawn is a homeowner’s responsibility. If your grass looks like the wild fields in the country, it’s time to pull out the mower. You also might get a not-so-nice letter from your municipality or your neighbors if you let the grass grow too high!
3. All Those Toys
The front yard is not the place to store wagons, bikes, and other toys. Take those into the garage where they will be safe and undamaged by the elements. Littering the lawn with toys just looks unkempt.
4. Dead Trees and Dead Tree Limbs
That drooping dead tree limb can be a homeowner’s liability. Always maintain trees so that limbs don’t threaten your home, your neighbor’s home or cause other injuries or damage. Not sure if it’s dead? Davey has a list of all the signs of a dying tree. If you don’t know how to remove a dead tree, call a professional!
5. Faded House Paint
Yes, your house affects the look of your lawn…and can seriously kill the curb appeal. If the paint on your home is looking worn or faded, it’s time for a colorful facelift. Plus, spring is a great time to get outside and swipe on new paint!
Spring is the beginning of warmer days and colorful landscapes. Spruce up your front of home landscaping with flowers, colorful stones, greener grass or unique hedge designs. However, it’s best to steer clear of too many lawn ornaments or other lawn clutter. Spring also is the ideal time to repaint the house and audit those trees! Spring into spring by amping up your home’s curb appeal!