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Sprucing up your lawn before selling your home

start of spring means sprucing up yards.

WESTBROOK (WGME) -- Whether you're a homeowner planning to sell or you just want a fresh look, spring is a popular time to spruce up your yard.

As the snow starts to melt, lawns show signs of wear from winter.

"A lot of times you'll see downed branches from the winter," says Justin Hayden, President of AC Yard Services, "Acorns, leftover leaves that might have blown in, before the snow came."

Hayden says the calls are already coming in, many from people who want to add some curb appeal before they list their homes for sale.

"'Cause that's the first thing you see when you pull up, that's what you see, the exterior, the landscape, you know, how everything looks before you get out of the vehicle," says Hayden.

Hayden says it can start with simply picking up the leaves, branches and acorns, then look for overgrown bushes.

"If there's shrubs or trees up against the house, prune that off 'cause it also, it doesn't look good but it will also create moisture against the siding which you don't want," Hayden says.

Use a shovel to create clean borders by edging flower beds, driveways and walkways. Pluck out those weeds and plant colorful annuals, like petunias.

"Putting a new layer of black bark mulch over, that helps really make it pop against the home and look good," says Hayden.

Whether you're doing it yourself or hiring a professional, Hayden says you can start right away. He also says some homeowners may see more significant lawn damage this year from plows and snowblowers because we had storms early and late in the season, when the ground wasn't frozen.

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