The curb appeal of your driveway and front walk is really important in creating a good impression of your house. After a tiring day at work, a beautiful front walk is something which makes the entry to your sweet home refreshing. Also, if the driveway is damaged, the tires of your car can get damaged as well. So, here’s a guide on how to increase the curb appeal of the driveway or front walk of your house.
Get rid of the cracks.
Cracked asphalt on the driveway should be replaced by a new layer of asphalt. Stones and gravel that were previously installed may scatter up and need to be replenished.
If you are not willing to repair cracks at the moment, you can hide the cracks by using plants and bushes. The material that you choose for repairing the cracks or building the pavement depends on the place where you live and the durability of the material. If you are looking for long-lasting stuff, cobblestones and pavers would be the ideal ones to choose since they last longer. For easy installation, crushed stones and gravel work best.
Asphalt, on the other hand, is suitable for use in cold environments, but it does not last long.
Decorate the edges.
If the asphalt is in proper condition, you may decorate the edges to boost the curb appeal. It can be done by using bricks, stones, and pavers. Tiny fences can also be used.
Look into doing a checkerboard style.
If you can’t decide which one to choose among pavers and turf, let’s have both! This can be done in various ways. The pavers can be placed diagonally over a grass lawn or in a grid pattern. Care should be taken to ensure the grass is properly trimmed from time to time. Otherwise, it does not do proper justice to the landscape of the driveway.
Add some outdoor lighting.
There is a variety of entrance lights, such as tire lighting, globe lighting, and mushroom lighting, that operate on low voltage and can be used to light up the front walk of your home, making it more pleasant and visually appealing. Install the lampposts on both sides of the driveway, keeping uniform gaps between every two pairs of posts. You can do it on your own or appoint professionals for the purpose.
The wattage of your transformer should be a little more than the total wattage, which is calculated by multiplying the number of lights and wattage of each light. The cost of tire lighting is $9–$20 per unit while that of solar lighting is $13–$30. You can also install entrance lights within $10–$20.
Before you proceed, it must be kept in mind that the light must produce a shadowy, mysterious effect and should never be of the same intensity as daylight.
Do a bit of gardening.
A touch of greenery can add a bit of beauty to the driveway or front walk. This can be done in various ways. The most common way is to dig out the border on both sides and plant bushy trees there. Low plantings and manicured lawns can also be added.
Alternatively, you could go for tall trees separated at a uniform distance that line up with the pavement. If you are choosing this option, light stands should not be there. The trees should be trimmed from time to time and must be of equal height. Another idea is to plant trees in a pattern of increasing heights. So, the first tree should be the shortest and the one nearest to the house must be the tallest.
Thinking which tree to choose? For building an alley of trees, ornamental pear trees would work best. If bushy plants are your choice, Zelkova and Annabelle are the right ones to go for. Others include Fairy-tale rose, Germanium, Japanese Forest grass, Lady’s Mantle, Alyssum, and Barrenwort. Flowering plants not only add to the beauty of the driveway or pavement with their attractive hues but also attract butterflies, transforming your place to a heavenly paradise!
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