Most American homeowners care about their lawns and gardens. Most real estate agents see the value in having good landscaping. Most of them will encourage their clients to make improvements to this area of their homes before they put their houses on the market. Doing this can shorten the amount of time a house will spend on the market. Sometimes this time can be reduced by as much as six weeks. The return on investment for making this kind of home improvement is huge. Homeowners who spend 5% of their home;s value on this may see a return on investment of as much as 150%.
- Think about future needs in terms of equipment. When you are planning your landscaping project, think about how you would allow access for any large machinery that you might need to use on your lawn or garden. Leave a space for access for large equipment that might be needed to add a pool, tennis court, patio or porch. If you live in a house for any length of time, you are going to want to change or add things to your outdoor spaces and will need to bring in some large machine. You also will need to allow access for anyone who needs to maintain your yard with a large mower or other equipment.
- Plan and keep your focal points. There are many things you can use as the focal points of your yard. They draw the eye to them and are the pieces that define the style of your yard. These can include a view of a natural feature such as a lake or river but they can also be man made. People use fountains and statues. You want these things to stand out but not look like they do not belong with the other features of your landscaping. There needs to be some connection between the focal points and the rest of the landscaping components and features.
- Incorporate elements of movement. Gardens and yards are not paintings. Your landscaping needs to have life and movement. This makes it all more visually appealing. You can add this with the plants that you select. You can pick plants to attract birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. When your flowers and ferns blow in the breeze they add the life that makes your garden special.
- Use curves judiciously. You can add some fun and whimsy to your landscaping with curves but there needs to be some balance. Make sure one geometry is the dominant one in your landscaping. Long curves that are subtle work well for your walkways and flower beds. Repeat the same curve that you put in there in other parts of your landscape design.
- Unless you want to spend a lot of time on it, avoid formal landscaping. These designs are some of the hardest to maintain and create. If you are going for a seriously formal look with symmetry that rivals Versailles, you are going to have a real challenge on your hands. Unless you have always dreamed of this kind of landscaping, go with a design that you will be able to realistically maintain.
- Use it to highlight your home. Most houses can benefit from the right kinds of plants being used to showcase and bring out the features of your home. Your landscaping can act as a great accent for your home. The plants and trees you select can soften your home and make really fit in with everything that is around it. Make sure the accents are not overwhelming though. You want to accent the home not lose it in overgrown bushes and trees.
- Get the right plants for your home. Some of the best landscaping using the plants that are native to the region of the country where the home is located. The bottom line about this is that you want the local environment to work with your plants rather than against them. You will save time and money maintaining local plants rather than bringing in invasive species.
Your landscaping makes a big difference for the look of your home and can really improve its look and feel. Use these tips and you can get the most out of it.