A well-laqndscaped property can add 20% to your home's value, and has an average return of 100-200% at the time of sale. Even if you're not thinking of selling now, summer is a great time to spruce up your landscape and make it a place you enjoy spending time.
6 Tips to help your yard stand out:
- Make your square or rectangular yard look more spacious by planting flower beds in each corner. This will make the centre of your yard appear larger.
- Revitalize sparse hedges and shrubs by covering their roots and applying fertilizer. Shrubs may become thin when the topsoil from around the roots washes away or diminishes over time.
- Apply a thin layer of mulch a few inches from the base of the tree. Many people make the mistake of mounding mulch around the base, which may attract pests.
- Create privacy with large shrubs or trellises covered with climbing vines.
- Use a simple palette of no more than three colours that complement your home’s colour scheme. This ties the space together and improves curb appeal.
- Focus on the foliage of the plant. Choose plants that have leaves in a variety of shapes, textures and patterns. If you want your landscape to bloom year round, choose plants that bloom at different times of the year.
Place taller plants toward the back of your flower beds; that way they won’t overshadow smaller plants, and you’ll create the illusion of depth in your garden.
5 Hot Trends in Landscaping
More people are beginning to view their outdoor spaces as an extension of their homes. These current landscaping trends show that people want more out of their yards than just visual appeal.
- “Green” your landscape with sustainable features such as native and drought-tolerant plants and organic gardening techniques.
- Pops of vibrant colour in outdoor furniture, cushions, light fixtures and woodwork complement the natural tones of your garden.
- Enjoy your outdoor spaces longer by covering or installing screens on your deck.
- A small water feature, such as a small pond or fountain, not only enhances your landscape, it also helps to create a relaxing atmosphere.
- The yard is fun again with space for popular summer backyard games like Bocce ball and lawn bowling.
Do you mow your lawn the right way?
- Let your mower mulch your clippings. It’s better for your soil, and you’ll save water and reduce your fertilizer costs.
- Keep your mower in top shape. Put fuel stabilizer in the gas tank to keep the carburetor in good condition all year round.
- Edging is so nice, you should do it twice. Use a horizontal cut in those hard-to-reach places and a vertical cut where the lawn meets your sidewalks and flower beds.
- It’s better to water less often but for a longer period of time to allow the roots to fully absorb the water.