Sometimes when you buy a home, you don’t always care as much or fully notice what the outside has to offer-you just want something that will work well for your wants and needs on the inside. Maybe you do notice the outside but view it as a project you can take on overtime because you like the house itself. Or perhaps the outside is the first thing that draws your attention, but you get excited about what you want to change or add as soon as possible. Nothing wrong with any of those scenarios; that’s just how different homeowners think. No matter your beginning thought processes, the end result is still the same: eventually, things should or need to be changed on the outside to become a home you can REALLY take pride in!
How much can landscaping do for my home?
When you hear the word ‘landscaping,’ something else may come to mind that’s entirely different to you than to somebody else. The true definition of landscaping in the dictionary, however, is simply: the process of making a yard or other piece of land more attractive by altering the existing design, adding ornamental features, and planting trees and shrubs. This process can be as intense or simple as you’d like – and can honestly do wonders for your home!
One way adding attractive landscaping to your home ups its value, sometimes even as much as 5%-15% depending on what you have done. This may not sound like a lot, but as an example, that can turn into $16,500 to $38,000 on a $300,000 home! If you plan on selling at all in the future, this is one of the best ways to get more money from the sale, as it’s proven people are more likely to buy a home if it’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye. (This is where the term first impressions comes into play.) One of the other significant ways landscaping can do some good is drastically improving your mood and morale. The natural environment around you can affect you mentally and emotionally, either in good ways or bad. Attractive landscaping can provide a calming atmosphere that lowers blood pressure, often lessens symptoms of attention-deficit disorders, as well as strengthening your cognitive ability and self-esteem. If your home looks good on the outside, too, you’ll feel better internally and have more pride in your home!
What can I do to upgrade my current landscape?
You may have bought a house that already had a basic but nice landscape layout, or it could’ve come with nothing but a grass lawn and possibly a tree or two. In the end, it doesn’t matter because there’s still always room for changes to be made, improvements to be had! Upgrading your landscape is a multi-step process and one that almost always looks a little messy before it looks beautiful. Sometimes folks will want more simplicity involved in their lawn, and some great features to add that are not over-the-top can be simple flower beds, mulch, or even maybe a shrub or two planted around the home. These types of installations are definitely more cost-effective and can still make for a lovely place to come home to!
There are, as always, other more expansive ways to ‘up’ your lawn game, though. If you like having a little bit of everything, then take that and run with it! There can be so much to consider when it comes to home landscaping. Tiered flower beds, mulch around all your plants/trees (of which there are even varying colors), sod installations if you’re looking for an “instant” green lawn, shrubs installed to line your walkways, unsightly shrubs/trees removed, or 15 different plant types of various shapes/sizes so catch your eye. When it comes to this type of home project, there’s no right or wrong choice, and it’s all about the look you’re going for and your personal style!
Other than the greenery, what else is there?
One common misconception is that landscaping is all about the greenery, what’s alive and grows. This isn’t true, though! There are plenty of other features that can look amazing and not be made of anything living. These features are called hardscaping because they’re made of cement, stone, brick, tile, wood, metal, or even water! For example, have you ever been to someone else’s house that has a beautiful wooden deck, stone slab retaining walls, patios, or even a koi pond? These are all parts of landscaping too!
You could do whatever you wanted with your lawn, and that includes mixing the green with the hard surfaces. Maybe a patio that has flower beds on either side of it. A retaining wall at the edge of your yard with a mini waterfall on the front side. Or a driveway that has a winding loose stone pathway leading through your growing garden. The possibilities are endless when it comes to landscaping, and they don’t just stop at the leaf or petal-covered installs!
What are some basics to maintaining a healthy landscape?
It’s no secret that a great landscape comes with great responsibility, right? So that means if you’re going to have a beautiful landscape, it will require some elbow grease to keep it staying beautiful. When it comes to any of the hard surfaces around your lawn, one of the best things you can do for them is keeping them clean. Sweeping or blowing off any debris that’s made its way onto them, spraying them down if there are any spills right away, and even having power washing treatments done from time to time. Also, make sure that there are no weeds along your driveway/walkways that have managed to poke their way through!
Obviously, the lawn itself does require a little more work to keep it healthy. However, there are a few basic practices that are relatively inexpensive to do that can go a long way! Fertilizing your lawn earlier on in the season, for example, can not only be an excellent time for low prices but also ensures the growth and strength of your grass and other plants. Staining and weather-proofing your decks of other wooden accents can make them visually appealing, all while protecting them from the elements. It would help if you were making sure every six months or so to replace old mulch with new mulch, as that’s the protective barrier between your plants/flowers and the harshness of the environment. Mowing is another simple yet very effective way of keeping your grass healthy, as it promotes newer, healthier growth in the future. In the end, a lot of lawn care stems from common sense and a good routine!
Should I be taking this project on myself?
No one is ever going to tell you that you can’t take care of putting together your lawn if that’s what you want. Of course, some projects will be much safer and possibly better quality if you choose to go with professionals, but in the end, that’s your choice to make. However, because of the amount of knowledge it takes to put it all together, it never hurts to get some help! Between the cost of installation, cost of buying or renting equipment, cost of materials, where to find them, and the timeline for everything start to finish, there is so much that goes into it. The teams at businesses like Year Round Services are here to guide you on the path to your lawn transformation, to be honest about what will work or what won’t, and to put together your vision efficiently, with your involvement every step of the way!