41. Fertilize your lawn
For most lawns, you’ll need to apply fertilizer only once or twice per year. Depending on the size of your lawn and the method of fertilizer you plan to use, allow for two to six hours to complete the project. View our complete guide to fertilizing your lawn.
42. Clean your pool
Keep your pool in pristine condition by spending 30–45 minutes skimming off leaves and debris from the pool surface, vacuuming the bottom and sides of your pool, and cleaning out the skimmers.
43. Get rid of crabgrass
For those who take pride in a lush and beautiful lawn, eradicating crabgrass should be top priority. Go the natural route and pull crabgrass yourself or use crabgrass herbicides to effectively remove the plant.
44. Plant a vertical vegetable garden
Switch up your landscape with a vertical vegetable garden. Make sure you have a spot in your yard that gets plenty of sun. Ideally, your vertical vegetable garden will get six to eight hours of sunlight every day. Check out these four vertical garden plans for inspiration.
45. Repair fencing
All fences need periodic maintenance to keep them functioning properly and looking their best.
46. Add window boxes
This is a great way to add a little charm and pop of color to your home. Add petunias, black-eyed Susans, daffodils, snowdrops, or hyacinths to window boxes for maximum visual effect.
47. Plant marigolds
Marigolds are simple to grow, easy to maintain, and act as a great companion plant to other flowers. Not to mention, their bright, bold, bountiful blooms are definitely an eye-catcher. Plant these flowers in planters or in your garden.
48. Get rid of mildew
Mildew can form on your home’s siding and in your garden, leaving grayish-white spots in its wake. Dedicate a couple of hours to assessing the mildew in and around your home and getting rid of it with a store-bought cleaner and scrubbing brush.
49. Decorate for seasons and holidays
Nothing is more welcoming than a seasonal wreath on your front door during the holidays or a few pumpkins on your doorstep in the fall.
50. Repair broken patio pavers
Fixing cracked or chipped patio pavers is a simple and inexpensive task. Simply pry up the damaged bricks and replace them with new ones. You can buy patio pavers at your local home improvement store.
51. Plant winter-blooming flowers
While spring is considered prime time for most gardens, some flower varieties prefer cooler temperatures and can be planted in the winter. These five hardy winter-blooming flowers will add months to your gardening season and vibrant colors to a typically neutral winter palette.
52. Start an herb garden
An herb garden is incredibly easy to start: all you need is a little sunshine, well-draining soil, and a little fertilizer or compost.
53. Hide your outdoor air conditioning unit
Cover up your outdoor air conditioning unit with lattice and greenery, or consider building a DIY pallet fence. Paint an old shipping pallet to match the color scheme of your home and dress it up with solar lights and hanging plants.
54. Stage the front of your home
Home staging doesn’t just apply to your home’s interior: your front entrance needs to be warm and inviting, too. A bistro table and chairs can cost around $800 with an ROI of 40–60% and pots of flowers can range between $20–$200 with an ROI of 100–200%.
55. Caulk holes in your home’s exterior
Check your home for cracks in door frames, windows, and walls. If you find any holes, seal them with caulk. Not only will this make your house look more polished, it will prevent pests from getting inside.
56. Add hanging planters to your porch
A porch can become more prominent and inviting with hanging basket planters filled with colorful flowers. Browse your local nursery for flower and plant options.
57. Camouflage your electrical boxes
Notoriously unattractive, your outdoor electrical boxes can be covered up with a layer of paint that matches the color of your home’s exterior, evenly spaced shrubs, or large rocks and boulders.
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