Everyone knows the saying, “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” However, when it comes to a home, it’s safe to say the first impression counts. Landscaping alone can add as much as 28 percent to your home’s value, according to the National Association of Realtors. A well-kept lawn is also a good indicator of how well the home has been cared for overall. Whether you’re planning to sell your home or simply looking to make it more inviting, here are five ways to spruce up your lawn this spring.
- Feed the turf
Let’s start with the basics: a green and weed-free lawn is the foundation for a beautiful yard. You can achieve that lush, “carpet-like” look with a steady fertilization plan, but keep in mind, that plan may vary based on your grass and soil type. I recommend using a soil test to reveal the existing nutrients and PH level. In general, you should look for a slow-release fertilizer and apply it to the outer edges of the lawn first before working your way to the middle. As for those pesky weeds, look for a liquid weed control spray instead of a granular weed killer. You can also create a watering schedule to bring life back into your grass, ideally in the early morning or late afternoon hours.
- Keep the edges fresh
Crisp, clean lines say a lot about your home and your attention to detail. When the snow melts, start by removing any leaves, weeds, sticks or debris. Trim back woody landscape plants, perennials and ornamental grasses. Carefully define existing landscape beds and accent areas using a half-moon edger or a spade. Then, apply a granular pre-emergent to help keep any weeds from coming up in the future. Finish by laying a light layer of mulch to really set the area apart. As a bonus, that layer of mulch will help retain moisture and feed your plants and bushes as we move into the warmer months.
- Add a splash of color
Perhaps one of the easiest (and most inexpensive) ways to transform your yard is by incorporating plants and flowers. Create a welcoming entrance by adding two large, symmetrical pots with flowers next to the front door or by adding flowers along your walkway. You can also have some fun by coordinating your flowers with the season, like using purple pansies or yellow daises in the spring. You can even choose multi-functional plants: lavender, for example, gives off a calming scent and acts as a bug repellent. For less upkeep, look for plants that are native to your area.
- Bring more life into your layout
Draw the eye “up” to your home by using a three-tiered design: You can use a perennial, like Liriope, on the first layer, you can incorporate an evergreen, like a Boxwood, on the second layer and use taller shrubs, like a Judd Viburnum, for the third layer and final layer, which is closest to the house. Adding trees can become a bigger expense initially, but a mature tree can have a value between $1,000 and $10,000, according to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.
- Turn your yard into a retreat
Whether your budget is big or small, there are ways to make your yard look like a relaxing retreat. In the front yard, you can make your home sparkle at night by adding landscape lighting. Highlight trees with an up-lighting technique or use lighting to show changes in elevation. As a bonus, outdoor lighting can help guests walk around safely and reduce the risk of break-ins – some insurance companies may even give you a discount for installing it. In the backyard, you can extend your living space by adding a paver patio, a pergola or a fire pit. You can also add some charm by incorporating a water feature with natural stone, depending how much you want to spend on a project.
Overall, quality landscaping can make all the difference in framing up your home and getting the best return on your investment when you’re ready to sell.
Written by F.C. Tucker Homes Services Vendor, Chris Thomas with Thomas Lawn & Landscape
Chris Thomas | 317.757.5067 | email@example.com
5430 Rock Hampton Ct. Indianapolis, IN