Landscaping is one area that will both improve the eye appeal and the property value of your property.
This is true whether you are a first time homeowner, or someone looking to enhance the outside appearance of your home, or you’ve inherited a property in need of lawn care, or you are getting your home ready for sale.
Some of your landscaping plans can be DIY projects and some plans may need the assistance of professionals, but with careful preparations your plans don’t have to bust your budget. Consider the following landscaping tips that can range in cost from under $100 to $600 while adding $1000s to the value of your property.
1. Lawn Maintenance
Nothing says love and attention like a rich green, healthy, well maintained lawn. Unfortunately, seasonal changes, lots of lawn traffic, and time itself can rob the soil of nutrients and leave behind a tired looking lawn with brown grass and bald spots.
In the most extreme case, the top layer of thatch may need to be removed to reach the healthy soil underneath. To revive a tired lawn, have the soil tested to learn which fertiliser will restore the correct pH level, reseed thin and balding spots, aerate the lawn, develop an adequate watering system, and establish a mowing schedule that works with the change in seasons.
That means frequent mowing during the warmer seasons and less mowing during the cooler seasons. If you don’t have the time or the green thumb to do lawn care yourself, you can arrange for routine lawn work to be performed by a professional lawn maintenance service. Whichever approach you choose, you’ll be delighted with the results and it will certainly increase the value of your property.
2. Shrubs and Bushes
When not regularly trimmed or pruned, shrubs and bushes can quickly overgrow their original boundaries, lose their shape, and appear as if they are overtaking your home. Pruning and trimming several times a year will maintain an eye pleasing balance between the shrubs and bushes and your house, keep the landscaping lines defined, and will add to the value of your property.
If your shrubbery has thick branches or if you don’t feel comfortable doing the pruning and shaping yourself, it is a chore that can be handled by a professional lawn care service.
3. Border Lines and Edges
Edging your lawn where it meets paved walkways, driveways, flower beds, and around trees presents a well-organised and clean appearance. It also defines the border between your property line and your neighbour’s, and where your property meets any public curbs or roads.
A neatly edged lawn looks manicured and luxurious. Edging is an additional landscaping step that can be done every time you mow the lawn. Adding a small stone or brick wall where your lawn meets your neighbour’s property line will create a visual sense of privacy that can add value to your property. Alternatively, you can use a pathway to separate lawn/garden with other parts of your backyard.
4. Flowers and Plants
Planting colourful plants and flowers adds valuable eye appeal to the front of your property. Choice a few colours that will complement your home’s exterior. Too many different colours and varieties of flowers and plants can create a maintenance problem that will be hard to keep up.
Select native plants and flowers that low maintenance and will strive in your area. Native varieties are easier to care for and will stand up longer in the local weather conditions. Finally, after the planting is complete, add a mulch base to the plants and flowers to sustain their life cycles and to let the colours highlight the garden.
Trees are stately structures that add grace and beauty to a property and enhance the visual appeal of your lawn. They are also Mother Nature’s soldiers that help with rain water runoff, serve as windbreakers during storms, reduce carbon dioxide, shade your home during the hot summer months, and help keep your home warm in winter.
But, if you have a dead tree, it needs to be removed and have the stump ground down to keep a smooth looking lawn. If you don’t have a tree, and you are going to stay in your home for the foreseeable future, you can plant a young native species tree, or two, that will grow in stature and value. If you are planning on selling your home and want the added attraction of a tree in the front yard, you can get a mature tree from a nursery that will plant it for you.
One or two strategically placed trees will ad value to your property.
6. Keep It Clean
Keeping your lawn and garden clear of fallen tree branches, leaves, dead flowers and plants, and other debris that falls on or is blown onto your property is important for a clean, manicured lawn as well as the elimination of any potential hazards.
The one major inconvenience with the removal of lawn and garden trash is the many messy trips to the local dump. Not only does this part of your landscaping maintenance take time and effort, your vehicle will dirty, and, depending on the material you are disposing of, you may get scratches on your car.
The easiest and most economical way to have garden and lawn materials removed is to hire a skip bin from Backyard Bins on (08) 9437 3733. You can toss your unwanted grass, tree branches, dirt, dead plants, flowers, shrubs, and bushes, and small trees into a skip bin that is both delivered to your property and removed by Backyard Bins.
One call to talk with a Backyard Bins skip bin professional can confirm what type and size of skip bin your project needs and to schedule a date and time for the bin to be delivered. The best part of bringing your landscaping dreams to reality is being able to have all of the dead, dying, and unwanted materials carried off at the end of all your hard work. And, after all of your hard work, you get to stand back, or sit back, and enjoy the view.
After all, you have earned it and it will show in the upgraded value to your property.
Backyard Bins Team
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