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Old 11-30-2019, 05:39 AM
 
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How can I add curb appeal to this home? Picture is of the front and backyard area of the home.
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Old 11-30-2019, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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How can I add curb appeal to this home? Picture is of the front and backyard area of the home.
It would be helpful to know either your location or the zone.
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Old 11-30-2019, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Personally, (and I emphasize that word, lol), I would add a nice long garden bed in the back yard with bright flowering plants if your climate allows for them. They would really brighten up the yard. I put nine garden beds in my new home's yard this year, and three of them are in the front lawn and look fab!
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Old 11-30-2019, 07:24 AM
 
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No, do not add a fence.
On the curve you could add a bed of low-maintenance interesting plants.
Nothing that would get higher than 1-2' so the front door is visible.
Since you are tropical climate I suggest bromeliad family, lots of interesting shapes and colors and they bloom every now and then in orange and red.
Make the bed follow the lines of the curve so the mowing is easy, no wavy bed in other words.

You can start with a small bed and increase length since bromeliads can be expensive.
In the long run they are less expensive because they don't need attention or replacement.
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Old 11-30-2019, 10:46 AM
 
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It would be helpful to know either your location or the zone.
The water mark on the photos says San Diego, so I'm guessing that's where it is.


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Add a fence, knock down the tree or repair the entrance for curb appeal

How can I add curb appeal to this home? Picture is of the front and backyard area of the home.
Curb appeal? Are you intending to sell the house? You mention repair to the entrance, but I'm not seeing damages that need to be repaired. What damages should we be looking for?

I'd say keep the tree in the raised bed in the front lawn and plant some low growing colourful plants in that raised bed. I'd remove the tree that's growing along the driveway. Right now the property in the front looks open, spacious and inviting which is good so don't put up a fence or else it will look tight and cramped.

I think it needs some colour all around the house and the present colour of the house is an ideal background colour for adding some bright coloured plants that show off and contrast against the walls. If you're in San Diego (as indicated on the pictures) I don't think you should be creating a lot of in-ground flower beds since that will really increase the amount of water you need to use annually and your water bill will go up. But you could counteract that by placing several large brightly coloured glazed patio containers around the house in back and front and maybe down the sides of the driveway, with lots of colourful flowering plants in them and still conserve water that way.
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Old 11-30-2019, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Personally, (and I emphasize that word, lol), I would add a nice long garden bed in the back yard with bright flowering plants if your climate allows for them. They would really brighten up the yard. I put nine garden beds in my new home's yard this year, and three of them are in the front lawn and look fab!
That would be me too. The existing beds in the front could definitely use more plants.

OP, if you're asking because you want to sell, fill the existing beds with flowering annuals, because anyone who wants to buy will probably want to change things anyway.

But if you are looking to improve the looks of a place you intend to keep, then look at shrubs and perennials.

BTW, many non-big-box nurseries would be happy to help you out with free advice as to exactly which plants you should use.
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Old 11-30-2019, 11:08 AM
 
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Have you trimmed down/back the larger tree in your front yard? You might not need to cut it all the way back.
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Old 11-30-2019, 12:04 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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How can I add curb appeal to this home?
There's no percentage in making the effort beyond staining the fence.
Just keep it all clean and orderly and working.
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Old 11-30-2019, 12:39 PM
 
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Since you just bought it (are you even in yet?) I'd live with it a little before I did anything drastic.

Personally I'd leave the big tree in the raised bed. It's a lovely tree and adds a lot of character to the property. I'd probably take down the palm next to the driveway. It just seems out of place, plus palms can be a pain (and expensive) to maintain.

I took the liberty of looking at the street view of the property - the OP had previously posted the real estate listing in the San Diego forum, so the address was readily available to all . . . I'm not stalking or anything.

On the street view, there appears to be a bed to the right of the driveway. I'd put some colorful plantings there. I'd also put colorful plants along the front wall of the house between the banana tree and the palm and probably in front of the fence to the right of the driveway. And yes, the fence needs staining.

I wouldn't add a fence - there will be plenty going on in the yard by the time you add plants. But rather than a fence, if you really want to edge the property, how about a low hedge along the sidewalk - like boxwood or something? Oh, and what's the scrubby thing growing along the little wall to the right of the driveway, by the neighbor's big palms? If it's going to bloom and be an asset, maybe it could use a trim, or if it isn't, maybe it should go away.

That's all I have for now . . . hope it provides some food for thought.
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Old 11-30-2019, 03:34 PM
 
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Yes, not sure if you're coming or going. You ask about curb appeal but mention the side enclosed yard as well as the front. If you're purchasing and staying...for the side yard have you explored a narrow lap pool? The kind where you swim sort of staying in place.

That deck above the house is fabulous. What an amazing view.
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