By Jesse McCarl
Here are all the basic landscaping do’s and don’ts to help you plan and maintain your home lawn and gardens. We even take a look at how landscaping plays a role in real estate.
- DO Research – Make sure the plants you want to grow complement each other and can share soil. Map out your dream yard and plant accordingly.
- DO Plan for Long Term – As trees grow, they could cause damage to your property. They should be at least 20 feet from the house itself. Various plans will require that kind of foresight.
- DO Think Curb Appeal – Curb appeal can boost the value of your home 5-10%, so it’s important to be mindful of curb appeal even if you’re not yet thinking of selling your house.
- DON’T Think in Ones – You may be tempted to squeeze as many different colorful varieties of flowers into your yard, but that won’t come together as well as organized groups.
- DO Think Low-Maintenance – There’s no point in the beautiful landscaping if you won’t have the time or energy to keep it up. Think practically!
Maintenance & Upkeep
- DON’T Let Weeds Creep Up – Weeds aren’t just ugly and annoying; they cause damage to surrounding plants. Even a cute, little dandelion can mean the start of havoc on your lawn.
- DON’T Stake Trees – There’s just no point. There’s no evidence that this does anything beneficial for the plant itself, and is a pet peeve of many landscaping enthusiasts.
- DO Fertilize Grass in Fall – Grass reacts differently to fertilizer than larger plants. If you want to maintain a green lawn all winter, use fertilizer just before the coldest months.
- DON’T Fertilize Trees in Summer – Fertilizer encourages new growth. If you fertilize before the cooler months, you will damage young plants. Use fertilizer for landscaping in the springtime.
- DON’T Walk Through Garden Beds – You don’t need soil to be really loose, as many believe. But it is also not condusive to plant growth to pack soil unnecessarily by frequently stomping through.
Real Estate Statistics
- Landscaping has a 100% return on investment upon resale
- One well-placed tree reduces heating and cooling costs 10%
- One fast growing forest tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year
- A home with landscaping sells 15% faster and increases sale price by 4-5%