Anericans love their yards. At least three quarters of American homeowers like spending time in their yards and at least 83% feel it is important to have yard and more than 90% think taking care of that yard is important. When showing homes to prosective buyers, almost all real estate agents (more then 96%) list redoing the yard as something homeowners should do when they try to sell their home. Moreover, it does not take a lot to get a lot back. An investment of just 5% of a home’s value can bring in a return of investment of about 150%. This makes paying attention to your landscaping to be very important when selling your home.
5 Tips to Great Landscaping:
- What kind of use do you have for your yard? Many people like to think of their yard as an extention of their home. A lot of people put in patios with barbeques and other enterraining areas. This makes the yard more than just a space around the hosue but a new room where guests can be entertained. If you have children who will use the yard as a playground, you should keep that in mind when you redo your landscaping. Make a list of what you absultely want and need for your yard and your home.
- Look at the sun and rain in your andnbsp;yard. Consider the climate where you live and look to see what parts of your yard get the most sun. When you decide what plants you would like to grow in your yard, you need to find what parts of the yard get sun and which get more shade. When doing your landscaping, taking these factors into account is very imprtant. You want your landscaping to work with nature, not against it. If you know you like to entertain in the afternoons, pick a place on your property that will be more comfortable for your guests to sit. If you are looking to grow a vegetable or fruit garden, you need to make sure you know where the sun hits in your yard so that you can be more successful with your gardening.
- Work with plants that are naturally found in your area. If you want your plants to thrive in your yard but do not want to spend all of your free time working on it, find plants that are native to the region where you live. If you live in a dry climate, opt for plants that do not need a whole lot of water. This can be really important in some parts of the country. Finding the right plants for your area can have a real impact on your landscape design.
- Set a focal point. Pick one elememnt to your yard to showcase in your landscaping layout. Examples of great things that can be focal points for your landscaping design are sculptures, fountains and pools. Some people use large hedges to andnbsp;gain more privacy and drown out the noise from a nearby road or highway. One way to expand that further is to intall a nice fountain with seats around it. You can then use your landscaping design to create a zen space in your yard. This can add fun and style to a home.
- Remember that you will need to bring in heavy equipment. If you are putting some things in your yard that will require you to use heavy equipment. This means you should wait to put in some elements such as sod, which will be destroyed if you bring in that heavy equipment after the yard has been set. Just think about the entire project when you set the timing for taking care of the various elements.
Lawn care is something most homeowners spend a lot of time thinking about and working on. Every weekend, people all over the country head over to the garden and lawn store and stock up on supplies for their lawns. Given how much time and money is spent on the lawn, it makes sense that people want the landscaping to reflect their personal tastes and styles. For many people, the exterior of a home is as much as reflection of the homeowner’s taste and style as the home itself.