Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Landscaping 101

Landscaping can add 7 to 15% to your home's value. Colorful landscaping, a fresh coat of paint and attention to detail not only bring you enjoyment every day, but also increases the value of your home.

Select Indigenous Plants
Choosing native rather than exotic plants for your landscaping will reduce maintenance and increase curb appeal. They don't need watering except during establishment, nor chemical fertilizers because they are already adapted to local conditions. Native plants not only accent your home, they also attract colorful birds and butterflies.

Cold Weather
Keep your landscape from looking cold and bare in the fall and winter months by choosing hardy plants that look good year around. It's important to think in terms of bark, berries and shape.

Bring Life to Small Spaces
Small garden ares should not feature too many different kinds of plants and materials. This will make your landscaping look cluttered. Container gardening can work miracles in small spaces, with the added benefit of being easy to move according to the plants needs. If you live in an apartment or condo, revitalize your entryway, patio or balcony with attractive hanging baskets, planters and unique personal accessories.

Create an Outdoor Space
Create an outside living area by adding a deck or patio for entertaining and relaxing year round. This addition is also a great investment in your home. A 2008 Cost vs. Value Report produced by Realtor Magazine stated that installing a deck can provide up to 81.8% return on investment while a pool returns only 20-50% according to Money Magazine. There are a variety of different surfaces to fit any style or budget.

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