The first thing potential buyers see when they view a house is its landscape. A house with curb appeal provides a great first impression and makes it known that the homeowner cares for the property.
Many homeowners who get a tax refund in February – April, make the wise decision to invest their refund in home improvements. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends that homeowners invest 10 percent of the home’s value in landscaping. Landscape architecture goes beyond lawn care and plantings, to include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, decks, hardscapes and ponds. This might be an ideal time for you to make an investment to beautify your home and increase your property value, whether you’re looking to sell your home now or in 15 years or more.
In addition to the potential return on investment in landscaping dollars, there are non-monetary gains that quality landscape improvements provide. Some of those benefits include:
Gardenin’ Angels has helped homeowners invest in their landscape throughout the south shore and all of Massachusetts. We take pride in working as your partner in enhancing your property and increasing its value. If you’re unsure of where to begin, give us a call at 774-284-1171.
While the weather right now throughout Massachusetts is frightful and ice covers your landscape, it may not seem like the perfect time work on your garden. But good planning makes for a good garden. In the dead of winter when it’s too cold to do much of anything in your yard, you can decide what you want to plant and map out its placement.
Find some inspiration online by looking at gardens that appeal to you. Make a list of what shrubs, trees, vines or flowers you think you can incorporate in your garden this year. Take note of the planting times for each and which will use seeds, roots or nursery bought plants. You may even want to shop online now for seeds or plants. Good quality, desirable plants or flowers sometimes have limited quantity. Purchasing them now will secure them for your spring garden and vendors typically wait to ship them until the season is appropriate. If you have leftover seeds from previous years, pull them out and check them over. You can even start seeds indoors in late winter Seed starter kits can be purchased at local stores or you can create your own using paper egg cartons.
Draw a map for your garden. Place taller plants or flowers behind shorter ones for the greatest visual impact. You can review growth information on most plants or seeds when you buy them, or online. If you’re planting a vegetable garden, do some research on companion planting, as many garden veggies grow better when planted with certain plants but not so much with others.
On a winter day when there’s no snow or ice and the ground is not frozen, prepare your garden by tilling to allow any weed seeds and grubs to be exposed and die in the winter cold. You may want to turn the ground one or two more times over the winter.
Some thoughtful planning now, will ignite your enthusiasm and make for a better garden in the spring.
Rodrigo Dos Anjos