Landscaping is one of the simplest and most important ways to increase curb appeal. But don’t fret, a total renovation isn’t always necessary to create an inviting entrance to your home. First, prune trees, shrubs, and ground covers and get rid of all the weeds. These maintenance steps “clean up” your front yard and clear the way of any distracting visuals. Try to look at your home as though you were a first-time visitor to the house. From the street, what do you see first? Is there a clear and inviting path to the front door? Are there any obstacles in the way? Do all the plants look healthy? Is there any non-landscape maintenance that needs attention? The attached photos don’t have a lot of color or wow, but you can see the difference it makes when you open up your walkway by trimming back overgrown shrubbery.Next, remove anything that blocks the view of your front door or entryway. Add plants like grasses and groundcovers with colorful foliage and flowers, lantana is always a good choice for summer. Add vertical interest with shade and ornamental trees or climbing vines. If you add a tree(s) be sure to position it so you don’t block the view of the front door. Add plants where you want to disguise or hide unattractive features like air handling units and outdoor faucets & hoses. Maintaining the appeal of bold color via flowers is tough in Phoenix come summer time. You can plant annual flowers at the sidewalk, near the front door, or along a walkway but if your find yourself struggling to keep them alive, try planting succulents in colorful pots like the one pictured. Succulents do well in our climate with little attention, it’s just a matter of making sure you plant the right ones for sun or shade conditions. Before heading out to the nursery make notes on where you want to plant and what the conditions are. Will they be in pots or in the ground and how much sun and shade do those areas receive during the day? Make sure to pick up extra soil to give your new plants the best start possible. Doing a little pre-planning will prevent you from making extra trips to the nursery. Then, get busy planting and enjoy the rewards all year long!