Grooming Your Outdoor Spaces

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By Vickie Williamson Custom Framer and Interior Designer


With summer comes more time spent outdoors. Now is the time to reevaluate the condition of your outdoor spaces. Well-groomed landscapes help improve the curb appeal of any home.


  • Clean, power wash and seal your deck. This can be a do-it-yourself project or you can hire a professional. I enjoy the work and the savings of doing it myself.
  • Reseed and fertilize your lawn. Hopefully, you’ve already done this. Watering and fertilizing are absolutely necessary during the hot summer months. If you’re like me, there is great pride in a perfect lawn.
  • Stay on top of maintenance. Weeding and treating pests are considered continuous chores. Help control the weeds in your flower beds with a fresh layer of mulch about 3 inches thick. This is also a good time, of course, to sharpen the mower blades, as well as use them.
  • Edge your garden. I did the research and considered several options for edging my flower beds before settling on an edge-cutting Garden Weasel® tool. With a tool like this, you can create an attractive, sculpted edge for your garden, driveway or patio. It’s a simple, costeffective way to keep the mulch in and the grass out.
  • Include new plantings. It’s always a pleasure to watch new plantings grow and flourish in your perfectly edged flower beds.
  • Deck out your deck or patio. It’s time to take a look at your old patio furniture and cushions and determine if replacements are needed. If you’re skilled at sewing, you can make new covers for the old cushions with the outdoor fabric of your choice. Even the market umbrella canopy can be updated with a new coordinating fabric. Another suggestion is to take your time and enjoy the process, and once you’ve completed the items on your list, sit back and admire a job well done.

Prince William resident Vickie Williamson owns Fine Design Custom Framing & Interiors in Woodbridge. She has worked in the fine art, framing and decorating industry for more than
25 years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.


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