Science Says Don’t Rake Your Leaves, But What About Your Curb Appeal? We Have the Answer!

should you rake your leaves?Autumn is undoubtedly a stunning season here in the Greater St. Louis region. Each year, we are treated to seas of gold, ruby, and burnt orange in our neighborhoods, our favorite local parks, and along the roads that we travel each day. While the leaves on the trees are one of the residents’ favorite things about the fall season, the leaves that fall off the trees and blanket the ground soon become an annoyance and burden for many homeowners. After all, raking is an arduous task to tackle, and many homeowners just wish the leaves would magically blow away.

Just a few days ago, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) released a report stating that homeowners everywhere should greatly consider leaving their leaves on the ground alone. The Federation says that leaves on the ground act as a mini ecosystem for a variety of species such as chipmunks, turtles, salamanders, toads, and several helpful insects, providing them with shelter and food throughout the fall and winter months. If you’re a butterfly fan, you’ll definitely want to reconsider raking those leaves, the NFW says, because various species of butterflies live in the leaves as pupae during the winter.

You might be rejoicing at this science-backed “excuse” to leave the leaves alone, but what if you’re trying to sell your home? After all, curb appeal is essential when it comes to enticing potential homebuyers to come in and look at everything your home has to offer. A yard littered with leaves can look unkempt and can possibly scare away those in the hunt for a new home. What’s a seller to do?

We have the answer that you’re searching for: mulch them!

If you want your yard looking picked up and neat but still want to take care of the environment, just cut the grass in your yard and mulch up the leaves. It won’t only be good for the mini-ecosystem around your home, but it will also serve as fertilizer for your grass. You can also scatter the mulch in your planting beds to provide them with rich nutrients and guard them from sneaky weeds. Plus, mulching takes much less time to do than raking, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy your yard and the fall season with your loved ones!

Unable to mulch them? It’s best to rake them up for aesthetic purposes. Remember, a well-kept lawn will enhance your home’s curb appeal by leaps and bounds!

Looking for more fall tips? Want to know how you can make your yard look the best it can to entice those buyers? Call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298! You can also check us out online at to look at our listings, learn more about us, or read more great tips!

8 Plants That Will Set Your Curb Appeal Apart From the Rest!

best flowers for curb appealIt’s finally springtime, which means it’s time to break out the plant soil and gardening tools to prepare your lawn and garden for the change in season! In between rainy days and surprise cold fronts, you will want to take advantage of the pleasant afternoons to help make your garden look great and build up your curb appeal. Plants can really help increase your curb appeal, especially when you use different types, colors, and sizes of plants to help get the job done.

When you visit your local garden center next time, keep an open mind and think outside the box. Flowers look pretty, but their growing season doesn’t last too long. Leafy plants, however, can give you a world of colorful possibilities.

Here are 8 reliable plants that will make your lawn and garden pop!

Black Mondo Grass – This type of lily possesses leaves that resemble inky black grass. It can provide a dramatic contrast next to the standard green leaves of regular mondo grass, or it can complement a bright patch of colorful flowers. Give this plant partial to full shade to make it happy, and it will grow to be between 6 and 12 inches tall.

Canna – These plants are typically grown for their flowers, but they can also look showy and tropical with their gorgeous leaves, which range from nearly black to green striped with gold. Phasion and Durban species have purple leaves streaked with orange, colors that will add an unexpected punch to your garden. This plant needs full sun and will grow 4 to 6 feet in height.

Coleus – Looking for a tropical perennial with colorful leaves? Coleus is the plant for you! From yellow to purple leaves, this plant is happy in either partial shade or full sun. Give it some space, because it can grow from 12 to 36 inches tall.

Coral Bells – You can enjoy a wide variety of leaf shapes with the coral bells! From frilly to scalloped leaves grown in radiant bold colors, these plants need good drainage and thrive in high humidity. Full sun in cool climates to partial shade in warmer climates is needed, and this plant can grow anywhere from 8 to 24 inches in height.

Encore Azalea – Are those sunny spots in your yard destroying your other azaleas? Give the encore azaleas a shot! This group of 25 hybrids bloom in spring and then again in late summer or early fall. Your garden will be bedecked with blooms in white, red, pink, or purple, and this plant grows to be between 3 to 5 feet in height.

Hosta – This popular shade plants is absolutely perfect for borders! Enjoy varieties of leaf shapes including hearts, lances, circles, or ovals, and textures from crinkled to glossy to matte. You don’t have to just have green hostas either; you can enjoy hostas in yellow and gray-blue as well! Just give this plant partial shade, and it can grow anywhere between 15 and 36 inches tall.

Hydrangea – If you’ve been in any stores that sell flowers recently, you’ve probably seen bouquets of blue, pink, or green blossoms on these plants. If you don’t have a hydrangea in your garden yet, buy one of these beauties today! Place it in front and center locations where their thick foliage and beautiful blooms work to hide boring foundation walls. They can grow to be between 3 and 5 feet, so be sure to give them at least 2 feet from your siding to prevent moisture problems!

Knockout Rose – Let’s face it – rose plants can be fussy at best. Knockout roses, however, will ensure that your house looks gorgeous from spring to the first frost. These 4 foot high plants are relatively disease-resistant and easy to take care of. Be sure to cut it back in late winter in order to minimize the chances of the plant catching any diseases or viruses.

Looking to sell your home but not sure where to start? Make sure that your curb appeal is up to snuff with these gorgeous plants first. Then call the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to find out what the next step is! Until then, be sure to read our blog for several tips and tricks you won’t find anywhere else!

8 Curb Appeal Ideas to Attract Homebuyers

curb appeal tipsPerhaps the most important question you need to ask yourself right now if you’re selling your home is, “What will be the first thing that potential homebuyers will see?” Quickly after you ask that question, you should additionally ask yourself if the things that will attract or deter them from your home.

Usually, the first thing that homebuyers will notice when looking for homes is your front yard, the color of your home, the landscaping, and if the home has an attractive exterior. They won’t be able to see the new kitchen appliances you have or the gorgeous, original hardwood floors that are throughout your home. If your curb appeal is subpar, the homebuyers won’t even bother coming through your front door to check out the inside of your home.

But what’s a homeowner to do? Well, don’t fret and continue reading – we have 8 tips that will help you improve your curb appeal and attract homebuyers to your lovely abode pronto!

Reevaluate Your Exterior Paint – Before you even begin on your yard work, look up and check out your home’s exterior. Is the pain cracking, dingy, or old? Is it incongruent with the colors that are present in the neighborhood, or does it not matchup with the style of the home itself? If so, you might want to reevaluate your home’s paint color. If nothing else, do consider pressure washing your siding or brick; it’ll look just like new after you do so!

Keep Your Accents Fresh – Whether your house is adorned with shutters, columns, or planters, be sure that all the accents are in good condition. If there is any damage to your planters, driveway, fences, or exterior lighting, be sure to address them and repair the damaged areas.

Take Note of Walkways – Next on the list are your walkways and entryways. Are the sidewalks cracked and old? Are the stepping stone paths broken? Are weeds sprouting up in the cracks in your driveway? Consider giving extra attention to these areas. Pull the weeds, and fix any broken areas. Additionally, power wash these areas to make them look just like new once more. You’ll notice a difference right away!

Pick Up Your Toys – Curb appeal is associated with how you and your family live your lives day in and day out. Make sure that you don’t leave any objects out on the lawn, or your potential homebuyers could draw up opinions about you and how you care for your home. When you’re finished with gardening tools, put them away immediately. The same goes for your children’s toys – be sure to teach them to put them away when they’re done playing with them. This will help prevent your lawn from appearing unkempt.

Love Your Lawn – Now it’s time to look at your lawn. How do your plants, grass, and surrounding areas look? Does your lawn look beautifully-kept or like a scraggly eyesore to the unbiased eye? Be sure to pull weeds where you can and fix unsightly areas in your yard, and consider employing new landscaping in your yard if it looks a little, well, sad in the landscaping department.

Out With the Old – This may seem kind of crazy, but even the simplest things like your mailbox or house numbers can turn a buyer off. If you’ve lived in your home for a while now (or if your mailbox has seen better days), replace your old mailbox and house numbers with new, more inviting ones!

Add a Pop of Color – Does your home need some extra color? Add an instant pop of color with planters filled with seasonal plants at your front door, in your yard, or at the sides of your garage. The plants will make future homebuyers happy to see what else is inside!

When trying to revamp your curb appeal, remember that it doesn’t have to be difficult or cost you al lot of money. If you’re having trouble attracting homebuyers, try the 8 tips above to help, or go ahead and give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298! You can also visit us online at to see how we can help you sell your home and get the dream home you’ve always wanted!