When it comes to adding value to your home, there are some obvious steps to take. One of the easiest ways to add value is through landscaping, but with all of the possible styles, designs and options, where do you start?
First of all, unless you are a trained professional landscaper, you should avoid over-complicating your outdoor area. You may have a natural talent for landscaping, but many people like to keep their lawns and gardens simple. Remember that when you consider what plants you want in your garden!
Here are a few tips on how to landscape with ease:
Trees and Shrubs
A single tree is a beautiful thing. It can offer shade in the summer and shelter in the winter, but if trees are planted too close together they can cause problems. Trees that grow too close together will rub against each other during storms and windy weather. This constant rubbing can cause damage to the bark which can lead to rotting. If your trees are spaced too closely together they will also compete for water and nutrients from the soil, leading to weaker trees more susceptible to disease and infestation by insects.
Fencing is a great way to accentuate the lines of your property. It can give the illusion of more space and help to keep pets and children safe in the yard. There are a variety of fencing options available including wood, vinyl, chainlink, and wrought iron.
Mulch is an inexpensive landscaping option that adds both color and texture to gardens, flowerbeds, and trees. It helps retain moisture in soil so requires less watering during hot summer months and also helps control weeds by keeping sunlight from reaching them.
There are many articles outlining the value of having a green lawn but the point here is that creating a beautiful yard will add value. By offering different types of grasses and incorporating appropriate plantings your lawn can complement the home, unique to your taste.