Before people step foot in your home, they pull up to your curb. The exterior of your home will determine how they feel about your home even before they enter it and may even lessen the effect that the nice interior has on them. This is an especially big deal if you’re trying to sell your home and the people visiting are prospective buyers but it’s also important if visitors are friends or family members. Some landscaping can go a long way in improving the appearance of your home from the curb so here are six front yard landscaping ideas to try.
Make a landscaping plan
Your front yard is more than just your lawn and a few plants. Your front yard also includes your driveway, walkways, trees, and front porch. If you want the entire look to come together, then you need to come up with a landscaping plan before you even start to landscape. A local garden center may provide landscaping consultations for free if you agree to buy plants from them. You could also pay a landscape architect per hour to assist you in creating a landscaping plan.
Pick the right plants
Plants are the building blocks of landscapers. They’re the foundation of everything so good landscaping starts with carefully selected plants. Plants can range from flowers to small shrubs to large trees. They provide your yard with color, height, texture, and even movement. You have to choose plants that will do all of that but also plants that can thrive in your yard so you need to do a soil test to understand its composition, pH levels, and nutrient quality. Then you can take the results to a garden center to begin selecting plants.
Stagger the heights and depths of greenery
Plants don’t look nice when they’re arranged in straight lines. Uniformity is fine for tree farms and rows of corn but for your landscaping you’ll want to vary the heights and depths. Plant taller species on the ends of plant beds and plant the shorter species in the middle. Keep in mind that height will vary as the plants mature so you may have to put up with things looking a little weird while the trees are growing. You don’t want to put a shrub that’s going to be seven feet tall directly in front of a window.
Mix evergreen with deciduous trees
Deciduous trees lose their leaves each year and those leaves will also change colors before they fall. A good mixture of evergreen trees and deciduous trees will create a nice effect, especially in the spring, summer, and fall. Aim to have evergreens on the side of your house where prevailing winds occur as they can serve as a natural windscreen.
Light it right
With all the work you’ll be putting into landscaping, it’s a shame to think that people won’t be able to see it at night. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in some lighting for dramatic effect. Use a mixture of lights that point up at taller plants and lights that point down at smaller ones to create a lot of visual interest. Landscape lighting done right adds lots of texture and depth to your yard.
Water your plants the easy way
The last thing you want is for your expensive landscaping to go to waste when plants die due to lack of water. So invest in an in-ground irrigation system that will keep all of your plant-life hydrated. If you live in an area prone to droughts and water use restrictions, you may want to select plant-life that requires little water.
Selling a home can be a very stressful experience. If you don’t want to hire a professional to do it for you, then consider the following ideas-
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Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.