Affordable Ways to Improve Curb Appeal: Front Yard Landscaping in Boise, ID

It’s a phrase that’s thrown around frequently among homeowners, and is no doubt a phrase you’ve heard in the past couple years as the housing market here in Boise, ID has gone from one extreme to another; while it’s a familiar phrase, it can sometimes be an elusive concept when considering how to make it happen, especially without a grand overhaul or brand new landscape design. At Bella Vista Landscaping, we are passionate about serving clients beyond just our standard landscaping services, and today, we’ll be sharing six tips for how to improve the curb appeal of your home without breaking the bank. 

What is curb appeal? 

Simply put, curb appeal is how attractive a home looks from the curb. If a passerby drove or walked by your home, how beautiful and appealing would it be? While the structure of the home is difficult to change, curb appeal extends beyond the architecture, encompassing the home exterior, landscaping, outdoor fixtures, walkways and driveways, and more. Obviously, some of these components can be extremely costly to change, but there are a number of improvements you can make on a tight budget: 

  1. Fertilize your lawn

There’s no denying it: residential homes here in the Treasure Valley often have lawns that take up a large portion of the front yard. The fastest--and perhaps easiest--way to improve your curb appeal is to fertilize your lawn. If you can help your lawn look fantastic, and your lawn is 90% of your yard, you’re already winning the battle! 

  1. Prune overgrown bushes and shrubs

Just like a fresh haircut can serve as a breath of fresh air and transform your look, trimming your shrubs and bushes immediately makes your yard look freshly manicured and well-maintained in a way that few other things can. A word of caution: some bushes are particular on the season of pruning, the exact spot on branches they can be pruned, and more, so be sure to do your research before busting out the pruning shears. 

  1. Refresh mulch and bark

Mulch should be replaced every 1-5 years. Mulch helps preserve moisture and keeps plants from drying out too quickly, which is a concern sometimes seen in our desert. It also serves as insulation against extreme temperatures and prevents weeds--what’s not to love? Adding fresh mulch is the landscaping version of applying a fresh coat of paint; even though the structure of the landscaping remains the same, it immediately freshens everything up and brings your yard to life. 

  1. Add planters or potted plants

Greenery is an excellent way to cultivate your unique style and really bring your yard to life! Adding planters along your front-facing windows or placing large potted plants symmetrically around your front door can inspire a sense of intentionality and really level up the curb appeal of a home. Whether you choose large, ornamental pots with shapely statement plants or small, delicate trailing flowers garnishing your windows, planters and potted plants are easy to bring to your home without making any permanent changes to your property.  

  1. Illuminate the way

Installing outdoor lighting along pathways in your front yard can make your home feel inviting and safe to visitors; illuminating your property during the nighttime hours is a fast and easy way to increase the value of your home. Solar lights are a popular option because they draw upon the sun and therefore don’t require any electrical wiring. Many solar lights are designed to be stakes that can quickly be placed in the ground in whatever location you desire. 

  1. Update your house numbers

Another affordable and easy way to spruce up your home. House numbers can be a large statement piece to your property or a subtle detail. Whether the vision you hold for your home is a hyper-modern structure with matte black details or a cozy cottage that embraces natural materials and country accents, choosing your house numbers lets you customize your home and bring your own unique flavor for just a few dollars per number. 

We love serving our friends and neighbors here in Boise, ID through our exceptional landscaping services. Our team of experts at Bella Vista Landscaping prides themselves on serving each client with high-quality services that reflect each client’s unique vision for their yard, and we are excited to bring your vision to a reality. We serve Boise, Kuna, Middleton, Caldwell, Meridian, Star, Eagle, ID, and all surrounding areas. Call (208) 995-3532 or fill out our online contact form today for more information or to schedule a consultation!


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