Many factors contribute to curb appeal, but for your home to make a great first impression, few elements matter as much as attractive landscaping. For precisely that reason, owners invest no small amount of money and effort in the plantings around their homes. The irony is that, as much as shrubs, flowers, and other greenery need water to survive, too much water can hasten their demise. Gutters offer protection by preventing overwhelming volumes of water from cascading onto foundation plantings—but only if the gutters are properly maintained. If, however, you allow clogs to render your gutters ineffective, it could take only one heavy storm to compromise or even erode your landscaping.