Monday, May 5, 2014

Improve Your Home’s Landscaping!

Great curb appeal draws buyers in. Your home’s landscaping is its first impression and sets the tone for a potential buyer’s overall experience.

There are many great options for landscaping your yard ranging from low budget quick fixes to complete yard overhauls. Here are a few ideas to get your started:

On a budget? Start with simply clearing away all the debris and cleaning up your yard and flower beds. Once you’ve loosed the ground and broken up the soil, allowing nutrients in, you can spread grass seed on the bare spots. It’s important to apply the seed now before temperatures get too hot. After your yard is established, be sure to fertilize and water.

For a little more buck but a lot more bang, think about laying sod. Spring time is the best time to this, cooler temperatures and more consistent moisture helps the sod take root quicker. Spring time is also a great time to plant trees and shrubs, this can really make a statement in your yard and transform your landscaping.

Ready for a major transformation? Home Advisor states that “…spending 5-10 percent of your home’s value on major landscaping improvements you could potentially increase your home’s value between 5 and 15 percent.”

Here are a couple of projects that have the highest rate of return on your investment. Installing an underground sprinkler system makes yard maintenance easier and more convenient. With timers that can be set to adjust for frequency, temperature, and conditions, a sprinkler systems takes all the guess work out of yard maintenance. The ultimate investment is to hire a landscape designer to help you pick out plants, plan the overall design, and make sure you have all the right equipment to have a beautiful and functional yard.

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