Curb appeal: your home either has it or it doesn’t, and there’s one thing that can actually help it out. Landscaping may not seem important to the average homeowner, but it’s actually vital in keeping your home beautiful. What many people don’t realize, too, is that landscaping can actually make your home stand out in the neighborhood, too.
Are you planning on using professional landscaping services soon? Here are three things you’ll need to keep in mind when you remodel your outdoor spaces:
- Plant Choices: One of the first things to think about when you choose a landscaping company will be your landscape planting design. A landscaper should give you the chance to decide which trees, shrubs, flowers, or other plants you’d like to see in your landscaping project. Usually a landscaper can give you advise on what to choose. Consider, too, that there are other benefits when you landscape besides aesthetic ones. A quality landscape planting design can up the resale value of your home by as much as 14%, and properly places plants can actually help you save up to 20% on your energy costs by providing shade for your home.
- Hardscaping: What is hardscaping? Hardscaping consists of things like outdoor walkways, retaining walls, stone edging, patios, and even unique hardscapes like fountains to give your lawn a professional look. Using hardscaping techniques is ideal for homes that need a little bit more curb appeal. It can also work with the existing property to create a better landscape around your patio, pool, or deck, too. Additionally, even outdoor lighting is also considered hardscaping, so if you’ve needed to brighten your walkways, then consider adding this feature, too.
- Weed Prevention: Nothing can mar the look of a professionally landscaped lawn quite like weeds popping up. Whether they sprout up in the garden bed or all the way across the lawn, you may need to discuss with your landscapers your long-term weed management solutions. Quite often, flower and tree beds will receive both mulch and weed barrier fabric to keep things looking pristine.
Have more questions about planning your landscape planting design or choosing the right hardscaping for your house? Leave a comment below.