Summer is finally here—well sort of. In any case, now that the snow is ‘officially’ gone, many homeowners are dusting off their lawn mowers and gardening tools. Whether you are thinking of selling your home or not, maintaining a healthy lawn is vital for the resale and value of your home. According to Lawn and Landscape Magazine, “landscaping accounts for 85 percent of what a potential buyer will see when they survey the outside of a home.” Vamping up your curb appeal is just as important to consider as updating the interior of your home. Our REALTORS® reveal the top landscaping trends for the summer. Caution, this post may cause curb-envy!
With the foodie revolution craze, it isn’t so surprising to discover landscaping trends are going au-natural as well. Using natural, local plants is not only good for the health of your lawn but also makes you feel like you’ve created your own oasis—right in your backyard. Planting colorful wildflowers, native shrubs and trees bring the best aspects of meadows and forests and make your garden/yard look organic.
Create your own ‘Victory Garden’
Another summer trend is growing your own herbs, vegetables and fruits. This is a great activity the whole family can participate in, and it demonstrates the vitality and health of your soil. Plus, as an added bonus, you can save on your grocery bill! Popular seasonal choices are:
- Tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers
- Rosemary, basil and parsley
- Dwarf thornless raspberries and blueberries
Be energy efficient—in your backyard
As surprising as it sounds, you can be energy efficient with your landscape. This could also be a huge decision factor when buyers are considering your home. Less lawn + less fertilizer + less water = low cost and less waste. You shouldn’t take this as an invitation to turn your lawn into a jungle, but rather survey your current landscape and create walking paths in areas that might otherwise be difficult to maintain. Consider adding permeable pavers to your front or backyard. While they offer an inviting space for hosting lawn parties, they also allow for natural rain or storm water to penetrate the stones, eliminating excessive water waste.
When it comes to updating your landscape, keep these three questions in mind: will it be easy to maintain, how will it withstand your climate and will it provide curb appeal to potential buyers? Talk with your Roger Fazendin REALTORS® and local master gardener to discover trends in surrounding neighborhoods, and what will work well best in your yard. Start small and slowly incorporate new plants, in order to measure the amount of upkeep needed.