If you're hoping to add some quick value to your home, you might consider improving the landscape. Landscape design can improve your curb appeal and the perception of how well-cared for your property is, which makes it more appealing to buyers. Plus, a usable landscape extends the living area from the home to make better use of the land it sits on.
Here are some landscape features that can add value to your home.
1. Matching landscape periods
Many historic homes have beautiful architecture and feature the craftsmanship of a time gone by. Gardens and yards should be an extension of this design. A country garden, for example, will only highlight the charm of a Cape Cod home. Conversely, synthetic grass or an all-rock garden with a Queen Anne Victorian will detract from the home and may actually be a negative for buyers.
2. Diverse plants
Don't be too conservative with your vegetation choices. Too much of one type, height, or color just makes your landscape fade into the background without adding any interest to your home. Try to design with all seasons in mind. Plant evergreens to give some color during the winter, along with shrubs that hold onto red berries when the weather gets cold. For fall, consider the color of the tree foliage. And spring requires planting bulbs and early grasses from some fresh green as the snow is melting.
Make some feature plants the focal point of your flora, allowing the others to become the canvas.
3. More trees
Unless the trees overshadow the home or become a structural safety issue, there is no such thing as too many trees. Homeowners like to see mature trees in the yard, especially in the backyard where people relax in the shade or enjoy time playing together as a family. A well-chosen small tree in the front yard can bring more dimension to a home design, especially if your house looks similar to all the other houses on the street.
You might be considering lawn edging to be an unnecessary extra, but it has some advantages. A lawn with edging looks neater and immediately gives the impression of easy maintenance. And it is easier to maintain a lawn that has edging—fewer places that need weed whipping, manual edging, or weed pulling along flower beds.
For more information on how you can quickly add value with landscaping, contact a professional, such as those found at ProTurf, in your area.
I have always been someone who absolutely adores being outside, which is probably one of the reasons I decided to buy a home with a large lot. However, as soon as I moved in, I realized that yard work was a lot more challenging than I had anticipated, which is why I called in a team of professional landscapers. They were amazing to work with and got right to it, and within a few days, the yard was looking amazing. I wanted to create a blog all about creating beautiful outdoors spaces so that other people can help to beautify the world.