Add value to your home with these 10 Spring gardening jobs!

Getting a home's interior up to scratch is always a priority for many home owners. That often means the yard becomes one of those 'I'll get around to it eventually' areas. However, neglecting to fix this area is not a smart idea if you want to increase the value of your home.

A survey by mortgage lender State Custodians of 1,000 people reveals more than one third of respondents (36 percent) believe landscaped, well-presented yards are one of the best ways to increase the sale price of your home.

"This is especially important if you're planning to sell soon," says State Custodian's general manager Joanna Pretty. "Even if you want to stay put, it's still a good idea to maintain these areas to lift the property's overall appearance, and so the amount of work won't be overwhelming when it does come time to leave."

With the sun shining and most of the rain clearing, spring is an ideal time to spruce up and prepare your garden for summer. You don't have to be a master handyman or green thumb, most yard jobs are fairly simple and just require a bit of elbow grease.

Define lawn edges
If you can't bear to spend much time in your yard, at the very least mow and edge your lawn! Edging with a trimmer, a pair of shears or a sharp spade edge, really neatens a garden and gives an impression of lower maintenance which is a popular selling point. Also consider re-laying new patches of lawn if sections have dried out over winter.

Stain your wood fence
Now that the sun is out in force, it's time to protect your timber fence. Sunlight degrades wood fibres which allows water to penetrate and turn the surface grey. Use a semi-transparent stain that is fortified with UV blockers combined with a warm tone for a lift. Replacing a worn fence is often a headache for a buyer, so it's best to present one in good condition.

Add a splash of colour
Spring is the best time of the year to show off your garden's colours, so add welcoming potted plants to entryways and fill pots with bright flowering annuals or perennials to give your garden an immediate lift, especially out the front where first impressions count.

Get rid of excess foliage
How often have you passed by a house entirely shrouded in overgrown trees and plants? Needless to say, this does nothing for a home's kerb appeal! Just because a tree has been in a yard for many years doesn't mean you have to keep it if it's an eyesore. Call tree removers for a professional opinion and only have a manageable amount of plants.

Repair your paths
Everyone loves the look of a welcoming path, however paver joints can deplete with winter rain. Fill loosening paver joints with new stone, dust or sand. Hose down the pavers and then repeat. For a true spring touch, if your paver spaces are quite wide consider growing groundcovers in between the cracks such as miniature mat daisy to soften sharp edges.

Put up a green screen
A garden with extra features will always score more brownie points. Get your greenery prepped for summer by starting a plant trellis. Buy a pre-made trellis made from treated wood or rust resistant metal. Fasten to a wall or fence with blocks or brackets to allow enough room for plants to climb through. Choose plants based on your area and how much sun the trellis gets during the day.

Repair or install a new retaining wall
There's nothing more unappealing that a teetering, neglected retaining wall. The function of this wall is to hold back earth and water, so if yours isn't up to scratch the front of your yard will start to erode. The wall may also cause injury to someone if it collapses. Anything that appears to be a health hazard can drop the price of your home. Install or repair a stone or brick wall or else replace with a neat fence if there is not too much soil to be contained.

Add a raised garden bed
With so much emphasis on sustainability these days, you'll increase your garden's appeal by having a reserved area for growing vegies. Installing a vegetable patch that is somewhat raised off the ground is a good idea because soil in raised beds thaws out better after a winter frost. Now's a good time to sow beans, broccoli, capsicum, cucumber, zucchini and tomatoes.

Create privacy with plants
Houses that have degree of privacy are always more prized. Screen out nosy neighbours or a busy road with screening plants and visual barriers such as trellises, hedges or tall bamboo plants. This won't do much to alleviate any noise problems, but it will give extra privacy for outdoor entertaining.

Get weeding, mulching and pruning
A good weed and mulch will do wonders for the overall look and health of your plants. Mulching – especially larger bark chips - will also look much neater than bare earth around plants. Pruning or tidying up plants and trees will help them to flourish and look much neater - but don't get carried away and over prune as it may take time for them to recover.

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