curb appealA well maintained lawn and your home’s curb appeal can improve the value of your property by as much as 15 percent. Investing 5 percent into the care of your lawn can provide you with that 15 percent return. Attractive landscaping can greatly reduce the amount of time your property sits on the market by an average of six weeks. Being mindful of your home’s curb appeal while it is on the market will help avoid potential buyers having to overlook over-grown shrubs and weeds.

The following are helpful tips to re-vamping your landscape and curb appeal:

  • If you have a square or rectangular shaped yard, planting flower beds in each corner will make the center of your lawn appear larger.
  • You can create privacy by planting shrubs or placing a trellis covered with climbing vines throughout your yard.
  • Treat sparse shrubs and hedges with fertilizer so that they can reach their full potential of fullness.
  • Choose the colors of your plants that will compliment the color of your home.
  • Choose plants that will bloom at different times of the year. Flowering trees tend to peak in early to mid spring and then die off. Tulips and daffodils bloom in mid to late spring. Lilies, roses, and hydrangeas bloom in early summer and can last throughout most of the season. Any type of evergreen, whether it is trees, shrubs, or a holly bush, stays green year round. Evergreens are great come winter time, especially here in New England when everything else has died off and lost its color.
  • Mow your lawn properly. Allow the mower to mulch the clippings to save on the cost of fertilizer.
  • Water your lawn less but for a longer period of time to allow the roots to fully absorb the water.
  • Having sustainable features is becoming more popular and appealing. Plant drought-resistant plants and implement organic gardening techniques.
  • Make full use of your outdoor space. More people are making their outdoors a fully-functional space. Build a screened-in deck, build a patio, or install a fountain or pond.
  • Creating a space for yard games can be a great idea. Designate an area to a bocce court, lawn bowling, or volleyball net.

Enhancing your landscaping and boosting your home’s curb appeal is a great investment even if you aren’t looking to put your home on the market any time soon. The work can also be contagious! If your neighbor sees the effort that you are putting into your lawn, there is a good chance that he will do the same to his lawn. Before you know it, the whole neighborhood could look like new!