On West 29th and Glenview in Austin, Texas there is a home that has a polka dot yard!

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Photo via www.keepaustinweird.comAnd, on Oak Knoll Drive in North Austin, Mr. Gabriel Trinidad decided to “Hook ‘Em!” in his front yard with his curb appeal!
Look for our Green Clean Machines all over the Austin area!Everyone has their own style but hopefully dead grass isn’t your “style.”  Before the summer heat approaches in Texas, let’s get a plan in place that doesn’t take too much time but leaves a wonderful lasting impression on your neighbor’s mind…Curb Appeal!

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photo credit: meg’s my name via photopinccMy home sits on the corner of a four way intersection.  I try to keep a company car placed outside so all that stop at the stop sign take a second glance at our Green Clean Machine. I call it my sneaky marketing approach.  I can guarantee you that if my yard looked like a weed infested jungle most people wouldn’t want to do business with me.  (Even though I don’t own a yard care service).  My yard is not perfect – but I do take into consideration how people view me before even stepping inside my door by the way the outside of my home appears.  I like to take the same approach in yard care that most modern home magazines take in their pictures…Simple. 

Check out these simple steps to grab some curb appeal before the summer heat approaches.

Weed/Feed/Cut/Edge

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photo credit: colemama via photopinccWe are in much need of many more days, nights, and weeks of rain; however, we just have to take what we can get for now.  Most neighborhoods here in the Austin area are on a water restriction plan where you are only to water on certain days depending on your street address.  Click here to find the day(s) that you should water according to the LCRA.  

Green grass is the first approach to curb appeal.  Now is the time to lay down some Weed And Feed (please make sure you use the one specific to your grade of grass) and water at least twice a week (if restrictions allow). 

Cut your grass using a high setting on your lawn mower so that the length of the grass keeps the soil moist longer.  

Edging grass is a task that I myself have not mastered but I love to see perfectly high edged grass.  Your local hardware store has many tools to help aide us in getting that perfect line.

A Pop Of Color: Times Two Please

If you have a flower bed, add some color into your green.  Remember green is the main color and one or two accent colors that pop from a distance can really make your home look nice and inviting.  

It was so nice stopping by one of my client’s homes last week and noticing her new pops of color.  She chose purple and white hanger baskets and placed them in large containers outside of her front door.  Purple and white represent her son’s decision on attending TCU and that was her personal touch on her curb appeal. How nice is that?  Her home looks beautiful from the outside to others, but at the same time when she sees the colors she smiles knowing that there is a personal reason she chose those flowers to brighten her doorway!  

If you want to keep your watering costs down and don’t have time to water flowers in planters everyday, try choosing planter containers that are bold in color.  Then add a green plant or even a cactus that needs less water than the dog and your pops of color should be good until next summer!

Brighten That Driveway And Sidewalk

You will never really notice it until you do it, so I suggest you do it…. Hire the Pro’s at Austin Steam It with their huge power washer.  They have the largest pressure washer in the state of Texas and they’ve named it “The Beast.”  They can turn your driveway and sidewalk brighter within an hour by removing all the dirt, grime, oil, pollen, and other stains that have built up over the years.

“The Beast” – The largest pressure washer in Texas owned by Austin Steam It!

Welcome, Please Come In!

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photo credit: goingslo via photopinccSummer is going to come with some heat this year!  Add a pop of color or new varnish over the old wood to give it some pre-summer life.  

Nice planters outside the front door that are in view by the passers-by are always welcoming.

Summer is a time of fun.  It’s a time to gather together and enjoy the wonderful outside.  Let’s get our homes ready to welcome friends and family!