How to approach the monster that is... the post Winter yard.
A yard is much more than simply beauty and curb appeal. Landscapes, such as backyards and green spaces around houses, should have a function. After all, they provide a safe environment for children and dogs to play, serve as outdoor living rooms, and provide essential habitat and food for animals. Furthermore, multiple studies have demonstrated the positive effects of green space on human health, including enhanced mood, reduced stress, higher fitness levels, and more.
These four strategies can help you show off your home's landscape this spring:
A well-balanced landscaping mix will enhance your outdoor living space.
Landscaping is a very simple home renovation that may have a big impact right away. Foliage acts as a natural barrier between lawn activity areas, neighbors, and other locations you want to keep "cordoned off." Grass can withstand the wear and tear that pets and children bring. Flowers and shrubs are not only attractive, but they also provide essential food for birds, bees, and butterflies. Consider how the yard will be utilized and select a mix of grass, trees, shrubs, and flowers to satisfy those requirements.
For the most impact and highest value, choose plants depending on climate zone.
Clients should select plants that are appropriate for their climatic zone (for additional information, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map(link is external)). This is the more ecologically friendly option, as they need less water and are more likely to survive in their natural habitat. Choosing the proper plant for the right area also supports local wildlife and provides a natural oasis in the backyard space, as grasses, trees, bushes, and other plant life provide much-needed food and habitat for birds, insects, and small animals.
Plants that are hazardous to pets should be avoided.
Pets aren't always aware of which plants are poisonous to them, and many will eat plants that aren't healthy to eat. Visit the ASPCA's list of benign and hazardous plants for dogs for a comprehensive list of plants to keep out of the living landscape when pets are around. (This is an external link)
Use lawn and landscaping tools to your advantage.
Consumers have more options than ever before when it comes to outdoor power equipment, from robotic lawn mowers to linked goods that can be controlled via an app. There is also equipment for every demand and work, as well as power options. In today's market, gasoline-powered, battery/electric, propane-powered, solar-powered, and hybrid equipment are all easily accessible. Yard maintenance is much easier when you have the correct tools and know how to use it.
Why does this matter to me?
Researchers from the University of Alabama and the University of Texas at Arlington combined deep learning and Google Street View in a new study published in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics to assess how much curb appeal contributes to a home's worth.
The researchers found that a property with strong curb appeal sold for 7% more than a similar house in the same neighborhood with poor curb appeal after analyzing Google Street View photographs and sales data from 88,980 houses in the greater Denver region. That premium soared to as high as 14 percent in slow real-estate markets (when buyers can afford to be pickier).
On top of this, a better yard can increase your level of comfort and ability to utilize the space that you already pay for! Feeling cramped on your home? Extend your living space to the outdoors! By following these steps, you can create a safe and happy environment which will be your family's favorite place to stay, the envy of your neighborhood, and increase the marketability of your home when the time comes to sell!
Selling Your Home? It’s What’s on the Outside That Counts by Adam Bonislawski | Wall Street Journal
Smart Spring Yard Care That's Also Stylish by Kris Kiser | National Association of REALTORS®