Increasing the Value of Your Home Through Landscaping

Whether you are buying a new house or making the decision to improve your current one, you should be concerned with every foot of ground that goes with it. Progressive gardening can make every square foot of your property usable and desirable. Landscaping is also the first thing people will see when they come to your home and will create a memorable impression.

Using contemporary methods of grading, fencing, soil improvement and terracing make even sloping, hilly lots, and previously undesirable front yard landscaping, now attractive. Technology and chemistry have brought new ways to add nutrients to the soil and has provided weapons against the traditional enemies of the garden, such as insects and disease. Hardier bulbs and seeds make gardens more successful and wonderfully vivid. Hybrids have lengthened the list of flowering trees and shrubs, thus creating new specimens for every color and design scheme, and every type of house and garden.

With the shape of the U.S. economy more and more people are turning to vacation and entertaining right in their own backyard. Proper landscaping helps bring you into the outdoors, with comfortable outdoor living spaces that make even a small backyard space as enjoyable as any found on a large resort.

A quality landscaping company strives to make your outdoor living space a gentle transition from your homes interior. Blending large picture windows, glass walls, glassed-in sun- porches and terraces with functional landscaping features. These all combine to make your exterior as frequently used as your interior. Giving you more living area, as well as, a more esthetically pleasing environment.

Beautiful landscaping, a luxuriant lawn and healthy trees all add as much to the exterior of your home as your draperies or wallpaper do to the interior. The effort and time you spend on the outside of your home will ALWAYS be a smart financial investment!

Of course you will be governed by many of the same principles you employ in decorating your home when you plan your landscaping project. Texture, color, proportion, line, harmony and functionality are terms that apply to landscaping as well. If you have a large yard you will benefit from professional design just as much as someone with a smaller lot.

Although DIY shows and books are filled with ideas and formal plans for garden and landscaping, you will want a custom design that will be perfect for your particular situation. Assess your family’s needs and habits, and then design your landscaping to best satisfy its preferences, desires and requirements.

Make a list of the things the family wants, such as a pond, paver patio, outdoor barbecue, deck, stone retaining wall, fencing, swimming pool, etc. and have a landscaping company design a plan of your property to scale.

Some projects will serve more than one function. For example, if you need a driveway and have young children, inter-locking pavers can be used for a play area, as well as parking. This will serve a double purpose, and easily justify the cost.

Perhaps a fence that blocks out an unpleasant view can also act as a windbreak and a decorative backdrop for a lounge area. A retaining wall can double as a rock garden when planted with hardy shrubs, as well as other rock-garden species.

You will be free to create an area that is rich with features, yet is roomy enough for any additions you plan on making in the future.

Ultimately, landscaping, if intelligently planned and properly executed will not only add to the comfort of your home and improve its appearance it will also increase the value of your home.