Lawn & Garden Month: Clean Up That Yard! [Gift Card Giveaway]

With all of the lawn and garden tips we’ve highlighted this month, we’re sure you could give Martha Stewart a run for her money! We couldn’t think of a  better way to celebrate the end of Lawn and Garden month than  hosting a gift card giveaway for all our new and experienced green thumbs. Simply […]

Delmar, NY home

This Delmar, NY home, listed on, has beautiful curb appeal.

With all of the lawn and garden tips we’ve highlighted this month, we’re sure you could give Martha Stewart a run for her money! We couldn’t think of a  better way to celebrate the end of Lawn and Garden month than  hosting a gift card giveaway for all our new and experienced green thumbs.

Simply leave us your  tip in the comments section below, on how you would use lawn and gardening to give a home beautiful curb appeal. Leaving your tip will automatically enter you for a chance to win a $100 gift card! The winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, May 4th, 2012. Be sure to leave your tip by May 2nd, 2012 in order to be considered.


Official Rules


Need to get those creative juices flowing? Jessica Edwards, a Sales Associate with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, talks about the importance of keeping a tidy yard and provides fantastic tips to help ensure your home has eye-catching curb appeal.

Remember…To sell your house you have got to clean up that yard!

5/13/12 Congratulations to Manda S. from Lexington, KY. She has won the gift card. Thanks to all who participated and please be on the lookout for more great giveaways!

Lindsay is the Senior Manager of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and is a licensed real estate agent. She was born and raised in New Jersey and just bought her first home in Livingston, where she grew up. When Lindsay isn’t busy facebooking, tweeting or instagramming she is enjoying life with her husband Joe and cat Rory. She enjoys binging on Netflix, cooking and Zumba.

  • Erin Bruce

    If your lawn is mown and clean of debris and trash it will surely have beautiful curb appeal! – Erin Bruce, Coldwell Banker Johnson & Thomas Realtors

  • mbowlersr

    First impressions count for almost everything, especially a home :-)

  • RosevilleAndRocklin

    Another thing that is always a bummer to see is pooling water, over-watering or lawn brown spots – get the sprinkler heads working, uncovered, and hitting the yard properly. And I do love a splash of color, like Jessica mentioned, to just add some visual interest to break up the greens and browns. And make sure those rose bushes, palm trees or any plants needing to be trimmed or cleaned-up, get their regular attention “yard haircuts.” :-)

  • Susanballrealtor

    I would use the gift certificate to improve the front yard where we have a variety of trees and bushes, but lacking ground cover in this wooded oasis, a focal point in our yard. We’ve tried mulch and bark, but weeds and grass invade. If we could plant a creeping, flowering plant, that might be better.

    • Maraki3

       To keep curb appeal for your home sweep all leaves and debris from curb, driveways and front stoop

  • Lauren Cassill

    For keeping beds free of weeds, get out early in the spring and do all your weeding then sprinkle with a weed suppressant like Preen (that can be purchased @ Costco for very little), plant perrenials that will spread over time and fill in with annuals.  Top with mulch and you should have a fairly low maintenance garden.

  • Kate

    So much depends on the house, the lot, the current landscaping already in place. Most any home can probably benefit from one or more window boxes. Bring color and life to the facade of the home in this way. Have a porch? Try some hanging planters filled with colorful flowers. Another option is a simple container or two flanking the front door.

    If the property has few or no trees, plant some trees! You can never go wrong with a flowering tree. There are numerous small trees if your yard is not large. If you have fencing and a gate, make sure they’re both in good shape and that the gate opens easily. Add a wreath or small flower container to the gate for a very welcoming look.

  • Scott Crow

    Sound Advice!
    A poorly maintained yard alone can be perceived as a warning sign to home buyers that-
    There might be underlying costly repair conditions needed for other parts of the property.

  • Manda

    I like a freshly mowed lawn.  A few flowers and trees!

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  • leslie

    get new house numbers and mail box

  • Judy Bass

    1st impressions mean the most. flowers will give an instant color bang. make them beautiful but do not over due that people think they can not take care of them themselves

  • Squishy67

    remove all broken branches and dead wood in the spring

  • Dasuri

    To improve the curb appeal of our front yard we need to brighten up the yard with bushes and flowers.  Spring is here, it’s time to spend some energy on the front of our house.

  • BarbaraAnsell

    The first impression is so important so having a well kept lawn and garden is vital. Having a walkway clean swept and bright flowers near the entrance is always nice.

  • Kelly S.

    Start working like Michelangelo on our overgrown jungle of a yard is one example how I would use lawn and gardening to give a home beautiful curb appeal.  Sculpt away.

  • Cynthia

    a well kept lawn and shrubs make a home and yard look loved and classy!

  • flowergal

    Bright flowers in pots at the entrance door looks very inviting.  Don’t forget to mow the lawn and have all toys and such put away.

  • Jessica Griffin

    flowers!  lots of flowers!

  • Cristine

    Edge your flower beds- it makes it look really well kept and tidy.

  • Mdempsey3

    Powerwash porch/sidewalk regularly and EDGE the sidewalk.  Nothing can finish even a simple yard more that edgeing the walkways.  It gives it a lovely, professional look for only a little effort.

  • Rachel Faulkner

    Weed a little each day so you don’t get overwhelmed.

  • Marcie

    Put down mulch around your flower beds, it makes the flowers stand out more.

  • Bnksamy

    Flowers, flowers flowers!  Rose bushes.  Dense shurbs.  Oh and a Japanese maple.  Mulch too.

  • Jenna’s Mom

    I will definitely be buying mulch if I win the gift card!!!!

  • Couponbeck

    I would use it to buy flowers to spruce up my curb appeal!

  • Ann Dell

    We just removed 20+ trees on our front lawn as they were interferring with the electric lines and after many years of over-pruning by the electrical company they were pretty much dead. So our yard can certainly use a make-over and we have just started to replant grass. Would love to win to spruce up with a shrub or two, trim the current plants in the front (which are now visible to the street!), help us purchase a tree, etc.

  • Michelle

    Our American Flag!

  • George Osorio

    It can help me eliminate the dirt spots that I have in my front lawn :D

  • olearyd4

    I would definately love to buy some flowers for my deck.

  • Lisa Parisi

    I would clean up my entire yard and start over with new flowers.

  • Sharon Fisher

    I would have a large old shrub removed that is dying – will have to be done professionally though because it is so close to my foundation and driveway.

  • winningentry999

     a well maintained yard is inviting to the buyer and says that we take care of out home insides and outside.

  • Megan Livesey

    A freshly mowed lawn and blooming flowers can do wonders for the curb appeal of a home!

  • Lindsmlamana

    A hook and some hanging plants. It’s accents architectural aspects of your home. brings your eyes up which give the illusion of a larger home. Than just cut fresh lawn and a swept porch.

  • Jessica Lane

    I don’t have a yard because I live in an apartment complex but I have a balcony. I love to add curb appeal by hanging plants, flower beds, and using big green plants to fill in space!

  • Denise Schwartz

    Solar lights along the pathway make the walk to the front door (and back if you wish) more inviting.

  • Apostalicmom

    HIRE SOMEONE!  A good lawn company and some landscaping should do the trick!  Well worth the investment!

  • Sarah Linette

    Save those leaves instead of bagging them each fall! They make for great dirt/mulch in the spring that is full of worms – great for your flower beds.
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  • Ian & Jamie

    Clear path to the door and trees, bushes and flowers that frame the house. Well maintained and clean is always a good tip for anything.

  • Sheilabowers69

    tip,not only the grass /flowers….

    spray wash the truly will help….

  • KJ

    Prune your trees and large bushes on a regular basis.  Pruning is important to the health and appearance of your greenery!

  • Smcfadden

    Buy fresh mulch and flowers to spruce up your property!

  • kmunn

    Hire Twin Valley Property Management, they have the expertise to spruce up any landscape/hardscape for an appealing sale!!!!

  • Joe Jackson

    Fresh flowers always look good

  • Nicole Hanaburgh

    Fresh mulch and some perenials !!! :-)

  • Patricia Blair Alner

    I love fresh flowers so planting some beautiful annuals will add a splash of memorable color to your yard and will increase your curb appeal

  • Pontowd

    Put flowering shrubs in the front of the yard.  It makes a word of difference when there is a pop of color.

  • Christy Marie

    I keep my yard mulched around each tree flower bed, and the mailbox.  Dark cocoa mulch looks good in our yard.  Thanks for the contest !