Homeowners often turn to landscaping and diligent lawn care to increase the curb appeal of their home—whether they are trying to sell their home or simply want a more welcoming frontage. However, some landscaping choices actually hinder the value of a home rather than increase it, so it is important to consider each aspect carefully while planning out the look of your yard.
Below are some tips on how to make smarter landscaping decisions so that you don’t make expensive mistakes.
Match Landscaping to the House
Think of landscaping as an extension of the home. The landscaping and the outside of your home should have a similar theme, or the effect could be jarring, unnatural, and unpleasant to the eye. For instance, a Japanese garden set in front of a ranch-style home. Both are perfectly beautiful on their own, but together, they do not work.
- Take time to plan.
- Consider the home’s style when determining what type of landscaping to choose.
- Start with small changes, and add as you go.
- Don’t plant monstrous trees and lavish flower beds in front of a tiny house and vice versa; keep things in scale.
- Don’t overdo things, especially at first. Let your landscaping needs reveal themselves to you over time.
Choose Plants Wisely
Whether you are looking to sell your home or not, choosing the right plants that work for your area will pay dividends in lower maintenance costs and/or increased property value.
- Choose native plants as they cost far less to maintain than non-native plants. That is because native plants are well adapted to the specific climate and may not require as much watering and care. Homebuyers will also see the added value in this.
- Pick out plants that will work with your soil with minimal care. Certain plants and trees can dry out your soil and potentially cause issues with ground shifts and shrinking, which could affect your home’s foundation. Be sure to thoroughly check soil moisture levels in your area.
- Look at what works and does not work in the neighbor’s yard. If something is struggling in the yard across the street, it is likely to struggle in your yard as well.
- Don’t assume that your soil is healthy. Have it tested before you begin, which can save you time and money in the long run.
- Don’t put in landscaping that requires a ton of maintenance as your potential buyers may see it as an added burden.
- Don’t choose the wrong plants. While ivy can look beautiful on the side of a house, the vines can damage paint, siding, and even brick as it grows, which can cause issues with structural integrity. If it reaches the roof, it can cause even more costly damage.
Perform Basic Lawn Care and Maintenance
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