So you’ve moved into your new home. Congratulations!
Everything has been unloaded, boxes unpacked, and you’ve settled in. Right now is the perfect time to make this new home completely yours. At the moment, it’s a blank slate, waiting for you to put your creative touches on it.
One of the best places to begin to see immediate personalized effects is within your yard or lawn.
There’s just something about a beautifully designed landscape – it holds real value to your home. It conserves natural resources, makes more of a comfortable environment for you and your family, creates a setting for living, and achieves outdoor function. Not to mention, it adds personal beautiful touches that are visually appealing and refreshing.
Investing in landscaping can ensure greater returns in the long run. An attractive and well-maintained landscape can increase the value of your home by as much as 10 percent. But, landscaping can be a daunting task. Particularly for a new homeowner.
Here are five great landscaping tips to creating the perfect well-maintained outdoor space.
Plan it out
Before tackling any outdoor project, it’s important to create a plan for how you would like to design your landscape. Your basic plan should include determining its purpose and function. Do you want a harvestable garden? Will it be designed to entertain guests? Is it a space for solitude? Are there certain key features such as a fountain or pool your landscape design needs to emphasize?
Defining these parameters will be the drivers for your design process. The answers to these questions will also create a budget and priority of work necessary to build your design to fruition. Avoid cutting corners during the planning process as this will ensure failure in the long run.
Plant with diversity
When designing curb appeal, consider the overall aesthetic of your home. Boost its aesthetic by planting a variety of both native and exotic plants. This will add seasonal and annual color to your design, creating immediate curb appeal.
At the same time, consider introducing decorative pots and outdoor containers to your overall design. Both add considerable interest in walkways and interactive zones throughout your landscape. Displaying container plants and decorative pots in patios, walkways, and doorways can enhance the landscape’s vibrant design.
Adding outdoor lighting to your landscape not only increases its visual aesthetics but extends the landscape’s investment. Effective outdoor lighting can set a certain mood and ambiance that your landscape may lose in the evenings. It also extends entertaining hours well past sundown.
A well-designed outdoor lighting plan also provides benefits beyond simply enhancing your outdoor features. It improves safety, deters potential crime, and improves outdoor functionality. Deciding where to put certain lighting features should be determined by the specific mood you want to set.
A soft mood is achievable with hidden lighting designs under shrubs. Potential trip hazards such as benches or shadowy garden corners should be illuminated to enhance safety and security.
If you’re limited in your ability to grow plants, consider planting a tree. Planting trees are an affordable way to add investments back into your home. Not to mention the positive impacts they have on the environment.
Trees moderate the effects of sun and wind, they improve air quality, and much like your home, appreciate value over time. If they’re planted in the right places, they can reduce air-conditioning costs in the summer. But most importantly, they’re low-maintenance ways to beautify your landscape.
New homeowners should also consider building a fence around their landscape. Not only does having a fence improve security around the home, but also increases privacy while boosting property value.
Maintenance is key
All landscaping designs require a certain degree of consideration. The more features your landscape has, the more maintenance it will require. A new homeowner can do significant wonders to their landscaping design by maintaining aesthetics and functionality.
Herbaceous plants and new trees will require considerable attention; the frequency of periodic watering is dependent upon the individual species. Talk to your garden expert for advice. It’s also essential that lawns are mowed regularly.
Regular lawn maintenance improves the health and appearance of your grass. This can add significant impact to its aesthetic appeal and increase the value of your home.
For those limited by their green thumb or lack thereof, consider hiring a landscaping consultant. A professional horticulturist and landscaper will maximize your landscape’s curb appeal while enhancing the home’s property value. Their knowledge and expertise will go a long way in creating the garden of your dreams.
December 28, 2017