There’s a reason it’s called “curb appeal.” The view from the curb of your home is everything, especially when the time comes to sell. A large part of that view is your driveway, which treats your guests to their first impression of your house.
The key to an eye-pleasing driveway is landscaping. With the right trees and shrubberies, as well as some strategic lighting, you can turn your driveway into a beautiful space.
1. CREATE A TUNNEL
Longer driveways can struggle to maintain a good impression. A tree canopy creates a beautiful tunnel on the drive-in, with branches from trees on both sides meeting in the middle to form an arch.
Setting up a tree canopy can be tricky, though. You’ll need the right kind of trees, with branches that tend to grow horizontally. Red maples are great for this, and they look beautiful in the fall while you’re waiting for them to grow.
2. ADD SOME PRIVACY
If your driveway directly connects to a neighbor’s yard or driveway, a privacy hedge could separate things a little. For shorter hedges, plant evergreens like Emerald or Nigra Arborvitae. American and Green Giant Arborvitaes grow taller.
You don’t need a full hedge for privacy, though. Shrubs like winter gem or wintergreen boxwoods can set a clear property line while also extending your green space.
3. LIGHT THE WAY
Landscape lighting does more than light the path for drivers. It also enhances any landscaping you’ve done and enhances your front yard. Solar-powered lighting can be tempting due to how easy and eco-friendly it is, but you may find the results not quite as bright as you’d prefer.
Outdoor LED lighting offers both energy efficiency and brilliance. There are a variety of lighting options, including bollard lights and garden lights. Make sure any driveway lighting you choose is weather resistant.
4. ROCKS AND STEPPING STONES
There are various ways to enhance your driveway using rocks and stones, including creating a wall. This can span the full length of your driveway or serve as a welcome at the entrance. You could also combine small stones with greenery for a rock garden.
Another fun way to get creative with your landscaping is to use stepping stones. Your stones don’t even have to lead to your front door. Surround them with flowers and shrubs for an interesting addition to your front lawn.
If you live in the greater Washington, D.C. area, Great American Landscapes can bring the wow factor to your outdoor areas. Give us a call at (301) 972-5681 to find out how we can boost your home’s curb appeal.