The exterior of your home is often more important than the interior when it comes to attracting home buyers. If you are looking to sell your home or simply increase its value, start by incorporating curb appeal into your landscaping regiment. “Landscaping your property can provide a lot more than simple scenery,” says Royal LePage Realty Plus broker/owner Carlo Racioppo, “It also boosts the value of your home by creating visual interest and provides potential time and cost savings.” Many homeowners lead busy lifestyles. Here are some low maintenance landscaping tips to provide your home and property with curb appeal:
1. Use clover as an alternative to grass. Clover is a great replacement for grass for many reasons, including its ability to survive through drought, its low maintenance, and its cost savings. Clover ground cover is insect-resistant, therefore eliminating time and money spent applying and purchasing insecticides.
2. Apply a top layer of mulch to your gardens. Mulch is portable, absorbent, and visually appealing. It comes in a variety of colours and adds a finishing touch to your garden bed. As a highly absorbent material, mulch retains moisture longer than soil, eliminating the need to water your plants so regularly. In addition, mulch is made from natural ingredients and it decomposes. The decomposition process provides essential nourishment to the soil and the roots of your plants, below.
3. Choose plants that are easy to maintain, but also provide visual interest. Many kinds of perennial plants, for example, do well in shaded areas, are visually interesting, and require little maintenance. If you are an avid gardener, you know removing weeds from your garden can be a lengthy process. Some plants naturally grow tightly together, blocking out unwanted weeds. Others are deer-resistant. Your neighbourhood garden depot can offer advice on which plants to choose, depending on your needs.
If you are looking to maximize the value of your home while also maximizing your time and saving money, these three tips can help you get started. However, always be sure to consult a professional before taking on a landscaping project. For more information on creating curb appeal, visit www.royallepage.ca.