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Our Curb Appeal Project {before}

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After every winter, about this time when the snow starts melting, we start getting anxious to get outside and clean up the flower beds. This year, curb appeal is top on the list of projects. Lets just say between the snow and dogs, the grass and flower beds are a disaster. This is a three part series sponsored by Spectracide and I couldn’t have been more happy to have been asked to participate in their “Back Yard Project Series.”

We have a few flower beds around our home and this one happens to be one of the largest. As you can see, the hydrangeas and their surroundings are looking a little pathetic!

I plan on raking out the entire bed and creating a clean area to spread new mulch. Unfortunately, as you can see, the weed blocking fabric got chewed up by the snow blower and needs to be completely removed.

This is one of my inspirational photos to keep me motivated! I will not be adding the rock border but a simple grass edge border instead. I absolutely love how clean and fresh this flower bed looks.

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Once everything is removed, I plan on creating a new edge to separate the flower bed from the grass area. Once the edging is complete, I will spread Spectracide weed and grass killer and allow it to dry completely before I add new mulch.

I swear weeds love our yard! Sometimes I think they invade only our yard and leave the neighbors alone :). I know you know what I mean! Do you have a problem with weeds and grass taking over your yard or flower beds?

Towards the end of last summer, the grass managed to take over a portion of the flower bed. The edge essentially disappeared.

Adding curb appeal to your home not only adds value but for us, it’s a sense of pride. Our yard requires ongoing maintenance but if you do it yourself and see the beautiful results, it leaves you feeling accomplished and very proud. We are all about DIY here at our home, inside and out. Looking forward to the snow melting and getting started on this outdoor project. Stay tuned, we’ll be back in a couple weeks during the process of renovating and restoring our existing flower beds.

To all of my yard warriors, whether you are after a total yard overhaul or just want to keep your yard looking its best, visit the Spectracide Facebook page for tips and savings to get started.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Spectracide. The opinions and text are all mine.

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