A well-maintained garden is one of the most desirable features a home can offer a prospective buyer. Homes with gardens, even small ones, tend to command higher home values. People are now, more than ever before, recognizing the benefits of gardening as a rewarding activity and the garden itself as an enticing spot for relaxation. Therefore, a beautifully maintained vegetable or flower garden may improve a home’s overall impression to buyers, who will have the intrinsic idea that the home is well cared for, leading to higher, more competitive offers.
Homeowners have turned to a variety of home improvements to raise the value of their home including building additions, installing a hot tub, updating the kitchen, converting the basement into livable gathering space, adding a driveway, putting in French doors, or even adding a home gym. However, research shows that although these improvements increase the value of a home, none do so as much as the inclusion of a well-cared for garden.
Creating the Best Possible Green Space
If you don’t have a garden that could rival the gardens at the Biltmore Estate, don’t fret. Most people don’t want overly extravagant gardens or landscapes to maintain. It’s just too much time and effort. However, there are several things that you can do to optimize your gardening area and green space that is in alignment with raising the value of your home, whether you’re interested in selling it or not.
This curated list of enhancements to consider will inspire your creativity and add to the value and overall appearance of your treasured residence.
Add a shed – A crisp-looking, tidy shed adds to the overall healthy appearance of a lawn or garden area. Consider adding shutters and painting or siding it in complimentary house colors. Creating a paver walkway will make it look especially well-kept and in harmony with your home and landscape.
Install deer fencing – If you are serious about keeping your garden clean and unfettered of wildlife, their droppings, and the diseases they can carry, erecting a deer fence can be an attractive accent to your garden design, as well as a protective barrier which maintains the lush beauty you have worked to achieve.
Mow the lawn regularly – Think of it like a haircut. An overgrown lawn, even slightly overgrown, has a look and feel of neglect. Keep cutting the grass at regular intervals, not only for the curb appeal but so that you can luxuriate in peace.
Add outdoor furniture – The existence of neat, attractive outdoor furniture, a table, chairs, and umbrella, serves as an invitation to sit and relax and offers the appearance of an extra “outdoor living space.”
Plant annuals – While perennials are the foundation of a garden, springing up again and again every year, annuals add splashes of unexpected effusive color. You can plant them in the ground or in pots to be placed wherever you wish, such as on berm edgings, patios, in small, raised beds or planter boxes, and even in a gazebo if you have the room.
Consider security – Take regular perimeter walks to ensure that there are no broken windows in the garden shed, and that locks on gates and fences are intact.
Weed often – Weeding can be laborious or therapeutic, the difference is usually the time it takes to complete this task regularly. Get yourself a garden kneeler to weed, plant and dead head in comfort and you’ll be more likely to tackle these chores with enthusiasm.
Remember that less is more – Subtlety is underrated. It isn’t necessary to crowd your green space with plants to have a significant and appealing impact. Use rich colored mulch between plants and let the beauty of the garden speak for itself.
Love the succulents – If you’re not a fan of watering and you want to create an elegant, distinguished garden, succulents should be high on your priority list. They have an exotic charm that doesn’t take too much effort to maintain.
Cue the lighting – A gorgeous garden during the day can be equally beautiful at night, if you prepare. Well placed solar lights, such as along a walkway or interspersed within the garden, will draw the eye exactly where you want it. A variety of solar lights provide for different colors, shapes, and designs to add to your garden’s appeal after the sun goes down.
For homeowners, and home buyers, who wish to spend as much time in their outdoor space as possible, it’s important to put in the research and effort toward creating a neat, tidy garden and lawn area. Plan an attractive landscape not only for people, but birds, butterflies, and other pollinators, as well. Keep vegetables, fruits, and other plants safe by properly planting them. Know your planting zone and choose wisely. A well-placed deer fence will allay the fears that can come with wildlife trampling crops and flowers, leaving their droppings and infected insects in your yard. Putting in the time and effort for this maintenance will have a positive effect on the overall value of your home.