The height of the trees in your garden can add measurable value to your property these days.
Landscaping is in, and if you have mature trees to work with, it’s a big bonus.
Whether you need to landscape to sell or you just want the best garden in the street, a stunning garden to frame your house can add thousands to the value of your home and make your neighbours green with envy!
Here are six great landscaping tips to help increase your home’s value
Think grass and lay a new lawn
A green, well cared for lawn is like a new glossy timber floor or soft woollen carpets for your outdoor space. Turf can be a very cost effective option for large spaces, and while couches are the most budget friendly they don’t like shade much. Believe it or not, a Premium Sir Walter Buffalo lawn is a sought after asset for your home. New buyers will see it as a low maintenance, hardy, drought tolerant addition.
Take the time when laying your new lawn to include some irrigation. If you have a water tank installed all the better. Irrigation is one of the few types of plumbing projects you can tackle yourself!
Get the edge
Think neat and tidy, no scraggly edges allowed. There’s nothing worse in a garden then an overgrown lawn and especially if you don’t have clearly defined edging in place. Use simple products or pavers to showcase your lawn. Plus, if selling your home, a garden edge will tell your prospective buyers that your garden is low maintenance and easy to keep it looking shmick!
Trees add dollars
Trees on nature-strips make for a great streetscape, and enhance the some of the older leafy streets in the suburbs. Drive around in the high price neighbourhoods and the truth is plain to see – tall, shady trees mean money in the bank.
If your street is looking a little bare, check with the council if you can plant one – or maybe they supply them to suit the region’s natural plantings.
Larger shrubs and trees can also provide solutions for things like nosy neighbours, street noise and provide extra shade and temperature control.
Keep the colour and scents
It’s tempting to go for an easy green look, but if you think a little about colour and flower aromas, you are well rewarded. Plant diversity encourages biodiversity and is great for your local ecosystem. So plant flowering plants that make good eye candy and pay you back in different seasons.
A mock orange hedge or jasmine creeper will flower through spring and summer, gardenias will flower multiple times throughout the year including autumn, camellias in late autumn and winter.
Use native options for a more natural feel such as lilly pillies, bottlebrush and grevilleas all of which will attract birds to your garden.
The biggie – keep it immaculate!
If you have large paved or concreted areas it can be quite the job to keep them clean. Whether it’s mess from the kids, birds, leaves or mould from the rain, you need to be on constant watch.
Use cleaners made for the job to help remove tough stains and apply a quality penetrating or topical sealer to give continued protection. Just like the floors in your house, you want your outdoor space to be clean, tidy and low maintenance!
Bend over – it’s time to weed
There’s no better exercise than bending over to pluck a weed out. Before it becomes your full time job however, head off for some quality garden bark or mulch and place it in your garden to a depth of between 75-100mm.
The mulch will also protect your soil from erosion, stop the soil drying out from extreme heat and break down as food for your plants. There’s nothing like organic compost to keep your garden looking chipper year round.
Once you’ve done the hard work landscaping your home, go to Peak Agent and we will do the hard work comparing and shortlisting an agents to value your home.