Select Indigenous Plants
Choosing native rather than exotic plants for your landscaping will reduce maintenance and increase curb appeal.Indigenous grasses, trees and shrubs grow well together and to predictable sizes. They do not need watering (exceptduring establishment), nor do they require chemical fertilizers because they are already adapted to local conditionsand insects. Native plants not only accent your home, they also attract colorful birds and butterflies.
Bring Life to Small Spaces
Small garden areas should not feature too many different kinds of plants and materials. This will make yourlandscaping look cluttered. Paint outdoor walls and fences light shades to open up the space. Take advantage ofvertical space with shelves, trellises and hanging pots. Container gardening can work miracles in small spaces, with theadded benefit of being easy to move according to the plants’ needs. If you live in a condo or apartment, revitalize yourentryway, patio or balcony with attractive hanging baskets, planters and unique personal accessories.
Cold Weather Gardening
Keep your landscape from looking cold and bare in the fall and winter months by choosing hardy plants that look greatyear round. Instead of foliage and flowers, it is important to think in terms of bark, berries and shape. Japanese mapletrees have unusually colored bark, while others such as the Japanesepagoda tree have interesting fruits or seeds that form during the fall andwinter. Wisteria can form strange, twisting branches, and evergreen plantsprovide visual appeal against a winter landscape.
Create an Outdoor Space
Create an outside living area by adding a deck or patio for entertainingand relaxing year round. This addition is also a great investment inyour home. A 2008 Cost vs. Value Report produced by
stated that installing a deck provides up to 81.8% return oninvestment. There are a variety of different surfaces to fit any particularstyle or budget, including concrete pavers, natural clay, wood, stonesand bricks. Pebbles, gravel, bricks and tiles can also be incorporatedeasily and inexpensively.
Landscaping Enhances Your Curb Appeal—And Home Value.
Makesure walkwaysare in good condi-tion and ree o cracks.Paint or stain concretewalks, steps andporches.Keepshrubs trimmed,add color with plantsand keep the soil reeo weeds with mulchor ground cover.Giveyour rontdoor a resh coat o contrasting paint orstain. Paint the trim i you have a tightbudget.
Get the entire amily involved. Everyone can play a roleand will have pride when your landscaping project is complete.
Replace yourporch light witha new fxture thatcomplements yourhome’s style.
Landscaping Can Add 7-15%
to Your Home’s Value.
Colorful landscaping, a fresh coat of paint andattention to detail not only bring you enjoymentevery day, but they also increase the value of yourhome. Landscaping can return 100-200% of yourinvestment when it comes time to sell, while
reports that a swimming poolreturns only 20-50% of your money. Mature land-scaping can lower energy costs, dampen noise andhelp reduce air pollution. Here are a number of waysto enhance your home’s value through some simple,fun and relatively inexpensive landscaping ideas.
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