When people visit your home, the front yard is the first impression you make of yourself and your family. Realtors call this "curb appeal", meaning that as a person drives up or walks by, your front yard sets an expectation of what's to come. Like a job interview, your first presentation sticks in the minds of viewers long after the interview.

Even if your front yard is sloppily overgrown and laid out, your visitors will not only get an uncomfortable impression of your home but also you and your family, which is certainly not desirable. When trying to sell your home, your front yard landscape can ruin the deal before they even set foot in your home.

So you see that professional front yard landscaping matters. You may not see yourself as an artistic gardener and don't know how to do it. If you can afford it, the easiest solution is to contact a reputable gardener to help you. Depending on the size of your front yard and the effort involved, a professional front yard design can be quite expensive.

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However, even if you do not feel up to the entire task, there are a number of aspects you can define and tasks easily accomplished before consulting a professional. For example, if you have overgrown areas which you obviously want to get rid of, get out the weed whacker and spend the morning clearing that area.

Just like cleaning up a cluttered room, you will immediately have a better idea of both space and what you have to work with. If you have got toys, bikes, or a bunch of pots from summer garden work cluttering the area, clean that up as well. Simple tasks like these can inspire you with ideas of what you might like to see in their place.

The cleared area you have serviced with the weed whacker may be larger than you would have thought and in your mind's eye, your new front yard landscape should have an eye-filling burst of springtime color, with tulips and daffodils dotting the area. Maybe a climbing rose would look nice making its way along with the porch supports. Look through garden magazines and books, which are full of front yard landscape ideas.