Jay Frye, Blake Landcapes President
For people thinking of selling their homes, spring is a very important time to do a major cleaning out and sprucing up. This includes focusing on the yard and the landscape. In this market, fewer homeowners are engaging in big remodeling jobs. An e-mail survey by the Zoomerang research company found that about two-thirds of homeowners said they were deferring their home improvement projects until the market improved. That leaves many looking for more inexpensive ways to give their home a makeover.
Another factor in the decision to maintain or improve a home’s landscape is to stay competitive with other properties. A survey conducted in June 2007 by Harris Interactive Inc. for the National Gardening Association, found that the amount of money spent on lawn and landscape services increased from $24.5 billion in 2001 to $44.7 billion in 2006. With 27 million households hiring lawn care and landscape maintenance services, that means there are many more well-landscaped and well-cared-for properties on the market.
Whether you hire a professional or have the skills and tools to do it yourself, we suggest the following ways to improve your lawn and landscape.
- Clean up — Weeding, edging, planting beds, and mulching goes a long way toward improving a properties look.
- Add color — Planting annual flowers in beds, pots, hanging plant holders, or in flower boxes really makes a property look cared for and inviting.
- Add plants — To solve problems or add interest, plant new trees and shrubs to create focus areas and to camouflage foundations, old fencing, or unsightly views.
- Do the maintenance — Have trees and shrubs professionally pruned, fix brown spots in the lawn, and remove or replace any diseased plants.
For people who want some help with their landscape, hiring a professional firm to do a walk-through is a good way to start.
A Blake Landscapes professional can assess the health of the lawn, plants, trees, and shrubs and offer solutions for improvements and fixes.