Here is a better view of what I am working with 4 pines how can I make this sellable?

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here is a better view of what i am working with 4 pines how can i make this sellable, landscape, real estate
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  • Sheila E Sheila E on Jun 12, 2013
    I'm wondering if Scott's Heat Tolerant Blue might work for you. I tried it here in VA and it's beautiful but it doesn't seem to like the heat and sun. I'd throw down some azimite and compost mix and give it a shot. Or carve it up into shapes, fill it up with mulch,or wood chips, hostas and monkey grass. The spaces between the shapes could also be covered in wood chips or stone as a wandering path.
  • CindyandGeorge Schaeffer CindyandGeorge Schaeffer on Jun 13, 2013
    I am no landscaper but I think I would use the existing trees to avoid the expense of removal. I would lay out a freeform shape with a garden hose that would encompass both trees. I would use as cheap a landscape block as I could find and follow the shape. It really only needs to be high enough to hold in some mulch. Then I would plant maybe 5 (odd #) azaleas in purple and white in between the 2 trees. At the base of both trees I would plant a few sprigs of what we call "wandering jewe" it is a variegated purple and silver long leaf (about 6") plant which will immediately turn into a spreading ground cover and grow very fast. Mulch the new bed and you're done with that problem. I would definitely pull out the large single shrub at the front of the house and repeat the landscape blocks to pull it together. I would replant with azaleas on the ends (to repeat the color) and fill in with the least expensive shrubs Home Depot recommended. SAVE your RECEIPTS as they guarantee their plants for 1 year and you can pass the receipts on to your buyer. Hope this gives you some ideas.
  • I would remove the trees completely. The root system is much to exposed to have any real luck in making the lawn look good. In addition I would then remove that over sized shrub next to steps and replant gardens on both side of the house with bright colorful plants to attract peoples eyes towards the house, after all that is what your selling. Then replace the driveway, its a tripping hazard, and I assume the walkway is the same. From experience I can tell you that if you spend some money on the outside and make the house really attractive, you will see a big increase of traffic in wanting to purchase the home. And end up selling for more then you could get even if you just put sod down and made the lawn look pretty for a short while.
  • Nancy Hand Nancy Hand on Jun 13, 2013
    Cheaply...... add top soil and lay sod, put flowering plants in pots on each side of the front door. Maybe re-paint the driveway black. A small face lift will help a lot. It will cost a bunch of money for have those pine trees taken out. The new owner might like trees! :)
  • Patty Davidson Patty Davidson on Jun 13, 2013
    Line the soil around the trees in a pleasing shape, looks like it might be pretty large, with brick to match the house. Then fill it with mulch or gravel. An old friend told me once that he give a area where grass isn't growing two times to grow and if it won't then he covers it in mulch and places potted plants on it.
  • Jossi Jossi on Jun 14, 2013
    Oh boy. I'd remove the shrub in front of the house, maybe till a 3' wide bed with an irregular shape all across the front of the house and use mulch(check w/ your local power company or town crew for free wood chips !), inexpensive flowers (annuals, maybe bought in flats from a home improvement store). Then i'd till the entire front lawn area, amend soil with as much Peat moss and topsoil as you can afford, plant as many appropriate flowers/shrubs as you can afford and use wood chips.mulch/grass for the rest ! Find or build a cute bench for the area under trees to take up space and make it welcoming. Also, paint window trim of house and the front door a nice, bright color, get a new "welcome" mat and power wash the house front !
  • Cyndi Moore Tippett Cyndi Moore Tippett on Jun 14, 2013
    I looks like you have some BIG issues with this yard, trees, driveway, and shrubs. Have you thought about getting the inside looking clean and fresh and then giving the new owners a discount or $3,000 towards landscaping (like when you don't want to replace the carpet bc you are afraid the new owners won't like the color). Then the new owners will be able to get the landscape done like they want and it will save you a LOT of work. Money always makes ugly look better, especially if they know they will have money set aside or given to them for the repairs.
  • Fre126950 Fre126950 on Jun 14, 2013
    I would edge a cool design( in the empty area) and fill with a dark mulch. Then add pots with a pop of color! That bush has got to go, replace with a little sod and add larger pot with more eye popping color. If you have a bench or a couple of chairs and a small table you have a shade spot for R & R! Our last home we added a cement patio in the front and got tons of compliments. Good Luck
  • CindyandGeorge Schaeffer CindyandGeorge Schaeffer on Jun 15, 2013
    Wow Amy you have gotten so many great ideas on your post! Isn't Hometalk wonderful! I also wanted to add that the shutters and door need a fresh coat of paint in a MATCHING color. I can't help with what color because being in FL I'm not accustomed to seeing a lot of brick. Good Luck on your sale. I agree that curb appeal is MOST important. You have to draw them in before you can sell. I would definitely choose light colors when selecting plants, even the greens should be light and variegated, flowers is white & pinks. The house just looks so dark, maybe white shutters to go with the white door?
  • Cynthia Cynthia on Jun 20, 2013
    I'd cut them down and build a berm over them. Create some different berms and install flowers where the trunks use to be. Quick and easy fix. Remove that other shrub as well. Reseed the lawn quickly by laying 1/4 inch layer of peat in bare areas, seed and water for two weeks. Fertilize with 38-0-0 and watch the grass grow. Create a simple bed along the house and walkway. Don't overdo, it doesn't help sell homes any faster so I'm finding out. Have a full beautifully landscape garden and people don't like alot of work, so they rule me out.
  • Grouchy Grouchy on Dec 29, 2014
    I'd not remove the trees without doing some serious thinking. First of all, you have clay soil there and it has been used for parking and is thus packed very hard. Second, the pines are not friendly to a lot of grass types. Third you need to figure out a plan that deals with both and this may mean talking to someone who knows the planting format for your area--and show them the photos. I think you might want to loosen the clay soil and then install good planting soil over it. Last, your concrete looks terrible so you might want to think about a solution--it won't be cheap. By the way, I've dealt with all of this at a house in Tallahassee. You have professionals there who can advise you so ask them!
  • Verilea poole Verilea poole on May 22, 2015
    Cut down the trees add shrubs front of house make natural area large pots of flowers that come back....
  • Bar1738694 Bar1738694 on Jul 10, 2015
    You need to have an arborist to look at your trees, It looks like they are not in the ground very deep. You could haul some top soil in, just cover the roots good, but don't put it up against the tree trunk. It will rot the tree. Then plant some plants that like acid soil. I would plant native plants.
  • Renee Renee on Mar 09, 2016
    Personally, I would leave the trees & hang a hammock to make the home feel more inviting. I would freshen up the paint & redo the drive way, meaning....fix cracks, stains & then have it stained or do it yourself to have a ton of money. Put a nice med.sized potted plant on the corner of the side or three small potted plants going down to sidewalk. Remove the shrub, it does nothing for the house, put a smaller hedge shrub all the way down or make a plant bed there. Two colors of paint, like terra cotta & a light green would be perfect for your home. So far, Iv sold three homes, I have a little experience but not an expert by any means, lol. I hope you find this helpful.