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"Make sure trees and shrubs aren't
touching the house, and aren't blocking
a view of the house from the street," says
Hostetler. "Walkways should be clear of
branches...don't block paths."
Prune trees in a natural shape, instead
of lopping off the tops, which looks
jarring and can make trees susceptible
to wind damage. Fresh mulch in beds
will protect plants from weeds and help
them stay hydrated. A two- to threeinch base of mulch in your beds looks
best and provides optimal protection.
Avoid red-tinted mulch, says Hostetler,
and go for brown or black. To save your
back from hauling bags of mulch out
of the car, have a landscaping company
deliver a scoop to your driveway.

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"You can also invest in quality outdoor
lighting to upgrade your curb appeal,"
says Mangus. "Consider updating the
post lights for a walkway and the lights
at the front door."
Mangus reminds that scale is crucial,
and you can go bigger than you think.
A porch light that looks large in the box
can be dwarfed by the size of your house.
Bigger is better here-and that also goes
for the planters flanking your front door.
"The biggest mistake I see with
planters on the porch is that people
choose ones that are too small," says
Hostetler. "You want to see it from the
street, so go with something at least 20
inches in diameter."
The bonus, Hostetler says, is that
larger planters are easier to maintain.
The larger it is, the less you have to
water.
For a classic look, Mangus says, opt
for boxwood topiaries on a covered front
porch. Make sure your pot is twice the
size of the root ball, and water well until
established. These hardy plants can last
a long time with a little care and always
look on point, no matter the season.

CLEAN AND PAINT
Renting a power washer can make your
sidewalk and driveway look new-but be
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