Before you schedule that holiday party or family gathering, set aside some time to do some early prep-work. First, take a broad look at your property:
- Does the front yard landscaping need some fill-in work?
- Are the tree branches overgrown?
- Are there still items outside from your Summer garage sale?
- Are last year’s holiday lights still up?
Here are some ideas you can use to make your property look more welcoming to your guests and neighbors:
- Fill-in bare spots in the front yard with rock, decomposed granite, or drought-tolerant plants. You’ll enhance the curb appeal of your property and won’t have to concern yourself with next year’s Summer water bills! Click here for water-wise landscaping ideas.
- Trim any vegetation that blocks natural light or impedes passage on the sidewalk or street.
- Order a bulky item pick-up from Waste Management or redeem a dump voucher to haul off unwanted household items. Better yet, consider donating gently-used items to SAVES.
- Spruce up and renew that holiday display for the whole street to enjoy. (Just don’t neglect to take it down after the New Year!)
You might find that a little up-front work will make the holiday season less stressful. And it’s easy to spread good cheer by offering to help a neighbor do the same. Something as simple as bringing in the trash cart for an elderly or sick neighbor can be an expression of good will. Reaching out to those close to you can be a benefit the whole block!
From all of us in Neighborhood Services, happy holidays!