Improving your landscaping for that attractive curb appeal is tricky. This is unlike renovating your bathroom or your kitchen. It is far from simply reorganizing your living room furniture or changing the interior design of your bedroom. While all of these things allow for expressing individualism in order to give your home your own style, taste, and value, doing the same thing to your lawn may involve some risks especially if you are considering selling your home in the future.
If you want that irresistible curb appeal, all you need for your landscaping are a couple of essentials and some additions that are really not required but may give your lawn that extra sparkle.
Trees and plants are your top essentials
Adding trees to your lawn will not only provide a natural look to it but will also provide sources of shading to you and to your neighbors as well. In fact, when trees are kept healthy, mature and are native to the area, they can add value to your home as well as to neighboring homes.
Aside from adding value to properties, trees have other benefits primarily including energy costs and health benefits. According to the US Department of Energy, only three trees that are placed properly in your lawn can bring you $100-$250 worth of savings per year on energy costs while windbreaks and shade trees are found to generate 15% decrease on your heating bills during winter and 75% decrease on your air conditioning bills during summer. Plus, a study from the Texas A&M University revealed that looking at trees within five minutes significantly helps in stress recovery.
If you decide to add trees and plants to your lawn, make sure you choose ones that are native to your area. Native plants are able to thrive and develop even without your focused attention, not to mention they are less costly to grow as compared to those plants you are forcing to live outside their natural habitat. Native plants and trees are also found to help wildlife as they provide natural backyard habitats and food sources for birds, butterflies, and other animals native to your area.
Don’t forget about your outdoor lighting and fencing
The primary reason why outdoor lighting is considered an essential to your landscape is because it highlights and directs guests to the focal point of your yard. It doesn’t only illuminate your yard at night, which also helps keep your property, you and your family safe from burglaries. It also completes the look that you want for your yard. Plus, appropriate lighting is found to make a home feel warmer and more inviting.
Although some may think that fencing can obstruct the view of a perfectly manicured lawn and a beautiful landscaping design, it actually serves more purpose than that. An appropriately installed fence effectively keeps pests, burglars and intruders out of your property. It creates this sense of privacy from these individuals who want to have a glimpse of your home and what’s inside. Most importantly, it sets the exact boundaries of your property.
For more tips in improving your landscaping, call Local Hardscape Pros now.
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