Tips for adding landscaping to your home
Landscaping is one of the easiest ways to add instant curb appeal to their homes; in real estate, a well-maintained exterior can help improve a home’s value by as much as 10 percent. However, many homeowners feel lost when it comes to choosing plants or designing gardens. The following tips can help you choose landscaping that will help improve curb appeal – and add value to your home.
- Consider location
Before adding any landscaping elements to your home, thoughtfully consider their location. A new patio on the west side of the house, for example, will make outdoor dinners in August a sweltering, sweaty mess. Likewise, a garden filled with delicate succulents will quickly wither if the space receives too much sun. Think about what the wind and sun do at different times of the day – and different times of the year – when planning new landscaping designs.
- Create a barrier
Homeowners often complain that their yards lack privacy or they feel as if they are “on top” of their neighbors. Create a beautiful barrier between your home by planting shrubs such as holly, Russian olive, or flowering camellias; these types of plants grow quickly and can merge together to form hedges. Likewise, evergreen trees such as cedar or juniper can add a layer of privacy to backyard spaces.
- Select seasonal blooms
Planting a garden full of daffodils, tulips, and lilies will give you a beautiful spring garden – but leave you with no flowers when fall arrives. Instead, choose plants with varied blooming times throughout the garden. Planting daffodils, coneflowers, and mums in the same bed, for example, ensures you will have flowers blooming throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
- Add edging
Edging is a barrier created by gravel, stone, brick, or pavers; it can be used to separate the lawn from the driveway, sidewalk, or other flower beds or landscaping elements. Thoughtful edging serves two purposes: first, it helps keep yards looking neat and meticulously maintained. Second, it reduces the amount of grass in the yard, reducing mowing time and the amount of water needed for the lawn.
- Choose native plants
Not a green thumb? Ask for help choosing native plants and grasses for the nursery. Native plants are adapted to the growing conditions in your climate; they often need less water – and less upkeep – than other choices, making them ideal for beginning gardeners.
- Highlight a focal point
Outdoor spaces, like indoor spaces, need a design focal point. In the backyard, a trellis, sculpture, tree, water feature, or even a series of bushes can all serve as a focal point. In the front yard, highlight the front door with planters filled with colorful perennials.