The views of your lawn and garden are the first things visitors see when coming to your home. Your home landscape provides a lasting impression people have of your home and property. Landscaping plays an essential role in enhancing the beauty, and increasing the value, of your property.
Landscaping of your home does cost money, but the investment is worth the time and effort. Not only will the property value be improved by a good landscape design, you will enjoy your home more. Professional landscaping can be very expensive and may be out of your budget. Fortunately, homeowners can turn their own landscapes into works of art at an affordable price.
Landscaping to Increase Home Value
There are many things you can do to increase the value of your home with landscaping.
Maintain the Lawn
One of the first things people notice is your lawn. If it looks shabby with many weeds and dead areas, it’s time to do something about it. Spray the weeds with a good weed killer. Plant grass in the dead areas. Fertilize the lawn to promote grass growth. Water the lawn. If the lawn is beyond repair, consider starting over. Replacing your lawn is a big job and many people have that professionally done.
Clean Up Planting Beds
If you have areas with shrubs and flowers, trim the shrubs to make them more appealing to visitors. Remove the weeds from around your plantings and, to help keep the weeds down, add mulch around your shrubs and flowers.
Add Plants to Your Landscape
If your home landscape is sparse, consider adding more plantings. But, make sure you have a plan for doing this. Don’t just go out and buy plants. Do the research necessary to make sure you get the right plants for the areas where you will be placing them. There are many resources on the Internet that provide information about specific plants. To help you with your home landscape design, you can use one of the many landscape software products available.
Add Other Landscape Features
The ideas for adding landscape features are limited only by your creativity and budget. Consider adding some solar lighting, yard ward water features like ponds, and decrative stones to your home landscape. Adding borders around planting beds improves their look and makes mowing the lawn easier.
In the current economic situation, if you are planning on selling your home, you want to make it as appealing as possible to get the best price. Maintaining your current landscape and adding new features to your home landscape can help increase your home’s value. Just make sure you do the design and research needed when landscaping. Making bad selections may actually decrease the value of your property.