Four landscaping ideas for your front yard | Columnists

The following article is a column by Diane Harper, the 2021 President of the Ashland Board of REALTORS.

Diane Harper

ASHLAND – Even if you can’t tell a tulip from a turnip in the garden center, you can still achieve a striking curb by following the basics of good landscaping, especially in the front yard.

Ignoring your front yard – or doing something unrelated to the neighborhood – can put the valued value of your home at risk.

Landscaping specialists say that good landscaping can add up to 28 percent to the total value of a home and reduce time in the market by 10 to 15 percent.

Here are the most important suggestions from real estate agents, appraisers and landscape architects to make your garden more attractive:

1. Plant a tree.

The value of old trees is particularly difficult to determine. Additionally, a properly placed shade tree can cut your energy bills by as much as $ 32 per year. Expect $ 50 to $ 100 for a 6 to 7 foot young deciduous tree.

2. Green the grass.

If your home has a front yard, make sure it’s neat and green by following a lawn maintenance calendar. You don’t want bare spots, rambling weeds, or an uncut look.

Another alternative is to plant easy-care lawn grasses. Lawn grasses are long-lived and drought-resistant.

3. Landscape lighting.

For homeowners who have made significant investments in landscaping, it makes sense to add another 10 to 15 percent to the bill for professional outdoor lighting. After all, buyers don’t always look at homes on a Saturday afternoon.

The cost of a system ranges from $ 200 for a DIY installation to more than $ 4,000 for a professional job. If you’re doing it on your own, the key is lighting what you want people to see, like old trees and flowering shrubs.

4. Colorful flower beds.

Flower beds add color and enliven otherwise flat areas, e.g. B. along driveways and edges of sidewalks.

In general, annual flowers are a little cheaper but need to be replaced every year. Perennials cost a little more, but come back annually and usually get bigger or wider with each growing season.

If you are unsure of what to plant, check with your local garden center. Bedding plants that have been selected for their adaptability to your region are often displayed there. And remember, the next time you’re in the market to buy or sell a home, get in touch with a REALTOR, a member of the Ashland Board of REALTORS.

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