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Lowe's Helps Kick up Your Home's Curb Appeal in One Weekend

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Four easy and affordable ways to boost curb appeal and make over your home's first impression</i> </p>

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lowe's Helps Kick up Your Home's Curb Appeal in One Weekend09:13 EDT Wednesday, April 11, 2012 MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Business Wire) -- Enhancing your home's curb appeal is an easy weekend project that doesn't take a huge remodel. In a few short hours, you can revitalize the look of your home, tackling it one area at the time with a little help from Lowe's. Create a Nonstop Flower Show Most of the flowers in your yard probably bloom in the late spring, creating a beautiful show but leaving your yard bland for the other 10 or 11 months of the year. Lowe's garden specialists can help you select bulbs, shrubs and trees that bloom at different times, so there will always be something performing in the yard. To enhance flower beds, add a new layer of mulch. Lowe's premium color mulch (item # 90954) comes with a 12-month color guarantee and is available in various colors. It's an easy way to keep your yard vibrant year-round.For an even quicker fix, simply stir up existing mulch to make it look fresh. Prune with Care Pruning promotes growth, and it's important to prune your trees and shrubs to keep them clean and healthy. To remove diseased, dead or broken branches, try the Corona Extendable Handle Compound Lopper (item #10153), designed to resist corrosion and reduce arm and shoulder fatigue. To browse an assortment of gardening materials, tools and plants, visit the Lowes.com Garden Center. Wash the House Clean the exterior of the house, including mildewed brick or siding and muddy areas of the foundation. A pressure washer, such as the Greenworks 1700 PSI 1.4 GPM Electric Pressure Washer (item # 336396), can make quick work of a cleaning job. It's also important to clean gutters and downspouts, inside and out. Insider tip: Be sure to use the proper nozzle to avoid damage to siding. You can also use the power washer to clean patio furniture. Make a Grand Entrance Instead of adding a new door, update the one you have in a couple of hours. Paint it a new color, replace generic house numbers or add a new entry rug. To finish off the look, update door locks, kick plates and porch lights with items made of antiqued copper, bronze or brushed nickel. Insider tip No. 2: The front entry is a great place to add potted in-season flowers to brighten the space and draw eyes away from not-so-pleasant areas. For something closer to the curb, replace the standard, black mailbox with an updated design, such as the Postal Pro Antique Bronze Metal Mailbox (item #368455) for just under $30. From the front door to the mailbox, Lowe's offers quick, easy and inexpensive ways to update your curb appeal, leaving time in your weekend to relax and enjoy your home's new look. For more inspiring ideas, tips and projects, visit LowesCreativeIdeas.com or download the free app in the iTunes store, and follow Lowe's on Facebook and Pinterest. About Lowe's With fiscal year 2011 sales of $50.2 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,745 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com. Lowe?s Companies, Inc.Colleen Maiura, 704-758-2282colleen.m.maiura@lowes.comorJaclyn Pardini, 704-758-4317jaclyn.pardini@lowes.com