Homeowners looking to add curb appeal or market value to their homes can get started with landscaping ideas and products at local garden centers. Planting trees and selecting colorful flowers will not only provide a welcoming atmosphere to visiting guests, but doing so may also raise the sale price of the home. The right kind of mulch can be an easy and inexpensive way to polish up a yard’s appearance, cover up problem areas, and promote the health of existing plants. The upkeep of grass with products and regular maintenance will ensure its healthy and attractive shade of green remains. Finally, colorful pottery can brighten dark spots, while installing lawn art, such as wind chimes and sculptures, adds a unique and personal touch to the home’s exterior.
Add Trees and the Right Flowers
As many people associate trees with cleaner air, less pollution, and a step away from an urban environment, planting a few trees in the front yard not only improves the general aesthetic of a home’s exterior, but it can also boost a home’s market value. According to a study, homes on the real estate market with trees-especially those planted between the sidewalk and street, called “street trees”-sold for an average of $7,100 more than houses without trees.
Colorful flowers and plants don’t have to be limited to flower beds; they can be arranged around the mailbox, on the edge of the driveway, or along the entryway. With the right combination of plants, colors, and pattern arrangements, landscaping homeowners can provide a welcoming and cheerful scene for visiting guests and prospective home buyers.
Selecting the best flowers may depend on the right color scheme desired, the time of year that homeowners choose to showcase their homes to guests or potential home buyers, and how much upkeep an individual is willing to do. Annuals attract buyers and guests for their brightly colored blooms, but must be replaced every year. Perennials, however, bloom at different times of the year and last longer-more than two years on average. Those working on a landscaping project may ask for advice at garden centers when choosing the right flowers. Homeowners should also have a landscaping design in mind. Trees and flowers must be placed with adequate space in between to avoid a disorganized clutter, rather than the desired look of manicured scenery.
Mulch the Flower Beds
Simply adding a two-inch layer of mulch in the flower bed or on the dirt surrounding plants and trees can instantly give a lawn a more refreshed and polished look, while also covering up problem areas, such as dead patches usually found around trees. Homeowners looking to sell their houses may find that mulch and its variety of colors and smells may appeal to the senses of potential home buyers.
Additionally, mulch promotes plant health as it holds in much-needed moisture, maintains a moderate soil temperature, and reduces weed growth. For maximum curb appeal, experts warn against the use of red mulch. While this bright and eye-catching color can grab people’s attention, red mulch can easily clash with the color schemes of other flowers and landscaping accessories. Instead, stay neutral with darker colors such as dark brown and black.
Grass usually makes up the largest part of the lawn, so its health and appearance plays a major role in a home’s curb appeal and general first impression. Homeowners can opt to restart or refresh their lawn by seeding or choosing new grass at the garden center. The right type of grass selected should be based on the location’s climate and amount of annual rainfall. For example, those who live in areas with low annual rainfall should consider Buffalo, Bermuda, and other types of grass that are considered drought-resistant.
In the meantime, healthy grass with an attractive shade of green can be achieved with a few maintenance tips, such as the use of fertilizers and other products; regular mowing, edging, and trimming, and also keeping a watchful eye for various diseases.
The Use of Colored Pots and Lawn Art
Landscaping homeowners can remedy gloomy spots and corners when they shop for colorful pottery at garden centers. Lawn art pieces such as bird baths, wind chimes in the entry way, or even cherubic sculptures are a great way to add a dramatic touch. Also, individuals have an opportunity to add their own personality to a landscaping project when they select pieces that best reflect their unique tastes.
It is imperative that homeowners select lawn pieces that are resistant to all forms of weather, such as rain, wind, and snow. With the wrong kind of material placed in the front lawn, a shopper could be replacing a bird bath every time it’s damaged by rain or windy weather-or having to deal with guests taking a second glance at a tarnished eyesore.
Also, while it could be enjoyable to shop for sculptures and pottery, it can also be easy to take it too far without a landscaping design plan in mind. Homeowners should remember that much of the curb appeal of a home’s exterior relies on minimal upkeep, making big differences with small simple changes, and a crisp and clean view for onlookers and guests. While lawn art can be unique and great to look at, too much art-especially when arranged close together-can distract from a lawn’s natural beauty.