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Improve Your Curb Appeal for Less


This summer my list of home improvements is long but still reasonable I hope. I really want to work on those little things that are just so hard to get to during the cold, busy months. So, lots of little projects. One of the first projects on my list was to add some curb appeal to our mailbox. Our mailbox isn’t ugly or pretty. Rather, it’s just a regular, plain mailbox. I wanted to add something to our normal, plain mailbox to spice it up. I mean, it is one of the first things people see right?

So, I set off to the store to get some supplies and came away with what I needed to landscape around the mailbox. For about $20 and 45 minutes I had added interest and color to my once old and drab mailbox. Easy curb appeal!

imageThis blog is really more about inspiring you to get out there and pretty up your yard but for those of you who really want to know exactly what I did, here is the tutorial.

What I used:

13 Allegheny Flagstone Retaining Wall Block from Lowes

Four small flowering plants on sale for $1 each at Lowes (I was looking to make this a budget friendly project)


A tool to loosen up the dirt. I just used a barbecue pitchfork tool we had at the house since that was free :).

What I did:

1. First, I cleared out and loosened up all the dirt in about a foot and half radius around the mailbox. I simply stuck my pitchfork into the dirt about 8″ down, turned it, and pulled up. As I did this I also pulled up the existing grass to clear out the area for my new flower bed.

2. Add in some topsoil and mix it with the loosened dirt. I tried to get a half topsoil, half dirt mix.

3. Create your border by laying your blocks around the area you just cleared. To be different I decided to make a circle but you could do a square or triangle. Totally up to you.

4. Create holes in your dirt/topsoil mix wide enough to fit your plants and about half as deep as your plant needs.

5. Remove your plants from their pots, loosen the bottom roots, and place into the hole you have created.

6. Fill up the rest of the planter with the remaining topsoil.

7. Once all plants are “planted” in your bed, fill up any remaining roots with the remaining topsoil.

8. Water your plants to be sure they have enough moisture in their new home.

That’s it. Literally, so easy. Now get out there and add some curb appeal to your mailbox!

What do you think? Let me know how you pretty up your mailbox and don’t forget to check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. Coming soon will be a tutorial on how I made the mailbox hanger shown in the picture above. And, as always, if you enjoy what you are reading then feel free to follow my blog to get all my latest decorating and money-saving ideas and tips.

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