It calls all right.
It’s calling me out for the almost-criminal neglect of the front of our home during the winter.
It’s not like Winter really prevented me from doing anything.
But in Florida, I still have to mow the lawn in January. Water plants and pluck weeds, too.
And I probably haven’t done much of that since last summer. But summer here ends…well…this should make it easy to understand:
So read this post now. ‘Cause Spring will be over by like Monday.
Unless you live just about anywhere else.
Anyway. Go outside. Clean it up. Plant some stuff. Be the first. Show up the neighbors. Wear short shorts. Jump off the garage with a bedsheet parachute—it’s Spring![Don’t jump off the garage. Pete and I absolutely know that bedsheet parachutes do not work. Also: cactus spines will pierce the sole of your shoe, lightning can be transmitted through a cathode ray tube television and wasps will not drown. ]
So what put the pep in my spring step, you ask?
It got me thinking of a bunch of little projects I could do to create some curb appeal, and make my neighbors feel like they have to get out and do the same thing next weekend. In the heat of the summer…suckers.
This is the list of low-budget, high-impact curb appeal projects I came up with:
- Fix the dents and scratches in the front door. Paint it.
- Pressure-wash the soffits, walkways and landscape blocks
- Redo the planting bed
- Paint the containers and replace dead plants
- Add some pathway lighting
- Replace the porch lighting
I was able to complete the door, planting bed container plants and pathway lights, but my pressure washer broke about half-way through. And the porch lighting will probably take weeks of pouring over options before I take all of ten minutes to hook it up.
So. Future posts on fixing a pressure washer and installing a porch light, right?
Use Bondo to Fix Dents in a Door.
I have a metal front door. Over time, it’s received a fair share of dents and scratches. Moving furniture. Kids. Oversized packages. Head butts from a criminal. (Comment and I’ll tell the story)
So the door is ready for paint. I’m not going into that here. It’s painted red again. You’ll see it at the end. But you learned about Bondo. It’ll work on other stuff like wood and fiberglass too.
Plant Stuff Because it’s Spring.
This here’s the meat and potatoes of this post.
I had the scraggly little “giant” liriope here for like ten years. They’ve never gotten bigger. And they’re just too small in scale for this area. I’d rather have something a little larger that I can keep trimmed back to form a little hedge.
And that guarantees me the use of power tools in the front yard to illustrate my superior manliness to all neighbors. Go put your weak little pruners away.
Let me tell you about planting distance. Every plant label has this suggested distance you should plant them apart from each other.
Ignore that. And cut the distance in half.
They never seem to spread out to the full potential and I don’t want to wait until I’m 70 to have a hedge. I’m sure I’ll get some comments about how I’m wrong. But maybe I’ll follow up in a year with my hedge. In your face.
The new holly shrubs should fill out really nicely. And a splash of color in the newly painted containers. The lights work pretty well, they charged up same day and were still going about midnight—the label said they’d last about 8 hours on a full charge.
I still need to do a few things: fix the pressure washer and take care of the paver walkway. That would also take care of the all the little weeds growing in the pavers—I’m not much for weedkiller products. And then I can start looking for a new porchlight.
All in all I spent about a two and a half days doing this. Although I spread it out over two weekends. And I probably have about $220 into everything you see here—the plants, mulch, manure and lighting.
I did have a can of bondo and the paint for the front door already, so that could set you back about $50 if you include sandpaper for your sander.
Well Spring called and I answered. What are you going to do for some curb appeal? Share it with us. Take a pic, then post it to our FB wall with the #SpringIsCalling hashtag,
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