Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal with a Few Simple Steps
Follows these tips from Lowe's to makeover your home's first impression in a weekend or less
MOORESVILLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Spring has sprung, and warm weather is finally making its annual debut. Now's the time to get outside for the first cut of the season and add some color to that winter-worn lawn. With a little help from Lowe's your yard will make the neighbors green with envy.
Gear up and get ready
Purchase a new lawn mower for easier cutting. The innovative Husqvarna AWD Push Mower features more power than standard 2WD push mowers and a better turning radius, which requires less work to get the job done. For larger yards or avid outdoorsmen, the Raven 46-in. Hybrid Riding Lawn Mower provides hybrid gas-electric power and a built in generator. Its ATV-style shocks, frame and suspension system are capable of taking on tough terrain. With a top speed of 17 MPH you can get around your property faster and provide power to equipment on the go.
For those looking for an environmentally friendly option, the new Greenworks Push Mowers have a powerful 13-amp motor for excellent cutting. With 3-in-1 capabilities the Greenworks machines can mulch, bag or side discharge cut grass.
If you aren't in the market for a new mower, be sure to tune-up your existing equipment by sharpening blades, tuning engines and restringing trimmers.
You're only as good as your last mow
You may have to mow your lawn more often in the spring and summer since that's the time it's actively growing. Just remember, never cut off more than one-third of the grass blade when mowing the lawn. Cutting your grass too short prevents maximum water absorption and increases the chances of weeds. Also, be sure to mow when the grass is dry as the blades will be upright and less likely to clump when cut.
Grass develops a grain based on your mowing direction and tends to lean toward the direction you mow, so alternate your mowing pattern each time to help cause more upright growth.
Build those beds
Plant early-season annuals and perennials in tones that reflect your personality and group them by color with small plants in the front and taller ones in the back. Lowe's offers regional varieties of plants that will grow best for the conditions in your area. And if your trees, shrubs or perennials somehow don't survive their first year, we'll replace them free of charge; just bring the plant and receipt to your local store.
When landscaping, selecting the right tools for the job means less work and ensures your plants will heal more quickly. Hand pruners work well for small jobs while loppers tend to help with larger projects. Keeping your tools clean and sharp will extend the tool life and make cleaner cuts, saving you time and money. Lowe's launched new Fiskars product in 2013 with fully hardened steel blades and our exclusive DuraSharp coating, which cuts with less effort, making it 3x easier.
Follow these tips as you embark on your first excursion into the season and your yard will be spring-worthy in no time. Visit the Lowe's How-To Channel on YouTube for more tips on getting your outdoors ready for spring. For more inspiring spring ideas and projects, visit LowesCreativeIdeas.com, or download the free iPad app in the iTunes Newsstand, and follow Lowe's on Facebook and Pinterest.
With fiscal year 2012 sales of $50.5 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 100 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,750 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.
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