STOP THE CAR ! is the reaction you want to evoke from your buyer. With "For Sale" signs breeding like rabbits, it is the wise seller whose property "wows" drive bys. So how do you get the "gotta have it" emotion in the buyers mind?
Just as you declutter the inside do the same for the outside. Remove all tacky lawn and garden ornaments. Mow lawns. Spread Green Valley 18/6/12 over the lawns for a quick pick me up. Fill in the bare and low patches with blend soil ($28 a yard, delivery extra) Spread seed and water.
After pruning, string trimming, edging and weeding add a top dressing to the now defined gardens. Newer on the market , this composted bark mluch is fine ground and is dyed black with vegetable dye. It is a "green' product biodegradable into soil. ($35 a yard, delivery extra) It does not fade and lose its colour like the old brand. Great stuff--- it holds the moisture and discourages weeds. Your supplier should suggest a blower truck for the larger jobs.
Add bright colour with containers. In my area, a local nursery supplies planting skill for free -- if I bring in containers and pay for the soil and plants. It is great service. Source out one near you. Now that Mother's day is over , nurseries are blowing out all hanging baskets --- they will usually fit a 12/14 inch container. Remove the hanging wires and voila instant colour for the front deck and gardens. Top dress with the composted bark mulch for a finished look. By placing the container directly in the soil the seller can take them to his next property. Check out www,gardensoxx.com for another quick planting system. Small shrubs, boxwood. hydrangeas and many grasses also can supply instant colour and texture.
Trend wise match the colours of your plants to your container. One colour containers are in, re: black and chartreuse , all white flowers, or vivid double impatiens. Another big trend is foilage only-- coeleus comes in the great lime green as well as purple and all colours inbetween--add trailing sweet potato vine and creeping Jenny
One final touch add solar lighting along the pathway to the front door.(Canadian Tire sale $29.95 for 10)
So much to know! Use your local nursery's talent and expertise and make your clients happy with minimal expense.