Landscaping creatively and cost-effectively can be a breeze if you keep a few simple steps in mind. Creating curb appeal is one of the best ways to increase the value of any property, as well as beautify its overall exterior aesthetic.
One of the biggest ways to transform your curb appeal from a ‘before’ into an ‘after’ for existing landscape is to add fresh mulch. The pop of color will create an immediate visual impact for your lawn, and then neatly manicuring your shrubs and trees will complete the new look. If you have any shrubbery or tree branches that are touching your property, trim them back at least two feet or more from any exterior surfaces of your property. Any vegetation that touches any exterior surface of your property gives wood destroying insects an easier way to enter it. The same is true for your trees. The wood exteriors of properties can experience damage from squirrels, birds and other natural sources, so keeping your trees trimmed back decreases the likelihood that these types of nuisances will be able to have easy access.
If you are replacing existing landscaping, or if you are installing a new landscape design, your best return on any landscaping investment will be with evergreen landscaping options. The most commonly used varieties of evergreens are junipers, pines and arborvitae. They give you year round color, when most other vegetation has gone dormant in colder weather. Studying your plant hardiness zone will help you determine which plants are most likely to thrive in your location. The more research you do, the more likely you will be able to keep your landscape thriving and lush.