2020 has been a crazy year for everybody, but do you know a couple of companies that have seen business boom since March? How about Lowe’s and Home Depot? The reason is simple: homeowners have taken this time to focus on painting the insides of their homes and renewing their landscaping.
If that sounds like you — or sounds like something you’d like to get going on — then let us offer some tips on sprucing up your yard. It’s not only a great way to add some curb appeal, it also adds value to your home. In fact, according to the Arbor Day Foundation, 98 percent of Realtors report that mature trees have a significant effect on the salability of the median-price home. And if you ever decide to sell, a meticulously landscaped yard can cut a property’s time on the market up to 15 percent according to the National Association of Realtors.
To give your yard a makeover, start with the basics:
Examine your trees and bushes and trim all dead and damaged branches. Evaluate the health of all plants and trees in your yard — remove dead or dying plants and get new ones planted. Then make a commitment to upkeep — there’s no substitute for regular maintenance when it comes to maintaining healthy landscaping.
Spend some time researching which plants do well in your neighborhood. Then come up with a plan that works well for your environment and, especially in our drought-prone climate, select plants that don’t need excessive watering.
Keep basic landscaping design principles in mind: plant smaller, lower plants up front, followed by shrubs behind them and small ornamental trees in the rear. The goal is to draw your eye to the front door in a natural line.
Match the size of your trees to the scale of your home. Consider using a large tree as a centerpiece of your yard.
Think about a tree’s location relative to your home and the rest of your landscaping. Make sure it’s planted away from hazards, in a spot where it will get enough sunlight for its species, and will not be competing with other vegetation.
Take advantage of a tree’s ability to help you conserve energy — plant trees on the west side of your lot if possible, in order to provide cooling and energy savings.
Add mulch around trees, shrubs and flower beds. This will give your whole yard a tidy appearance, and it will help retain moisture. It will even help you reduce weeds!
When you’re thinking about your overall landscape design, complement your larger bushes and trees with a diverse variety of plants that will bloom and provide color at different times of the year, especially in spring and fall.
In this crazy year, home-improvement projects are a great way to use free time in a productive way. Your yard will thank you for it!
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