When you’re looking to increase your home’s value, look no further than your backyard (and your front yard too!). The right landscaping can increase your property’s value. It also helps with that all-important curb appeal when it’s time to sell. Here are some top landscaping trends to help elevate your surroundings and your asking price.
Do more of your living in Colorado’s great outdoors by adding outdoor living space. This can be as simple as a few outdoor chairs in a quiet corner or elaborate as an outdoor kitchen and dining room. Make sure this addition blends well with your house and your neighborhood. Your home will be harder to sell if it’s the only one with a pricey outdoor oasis.
Make your outdoor space a true getaway by installing some privacy. Use shrubs, retaining walls, or a pergola to create a more secluded area. These features are hot items in urban and suburban settings.
With younger buyers placing a premium on sustainability, eco-friendly landscaping is in. Many of these buyers don’t want to spend a lot of time maintaining the yard, so low maintenance is the way to grow. Choose native plants such as Rocky Mountain bee plants or blanket flowers that thrive in your area. Go smaller with your lawn by replacing thirsty turf with ground cover or hardscaping. There’s a reason Denver Water coined the term “xeriscaping”.” If you need to install sprinklers, choose a smart system that measures soil and weather conditions before watering.
A good lawn is the backbone of any home’s overall appearance, and a healthy, fresh mowed lawn is always in fashion. When it’s time to list your home, you’ll want to pay as much attention to the outside as you do the inside.
Mow, weed, and water regularly. Try a striped pattern. Refresh your yard with a new layer of mulch. Add pops of color with pretty blossoms or potted plants. Finally, keep trees and shrubs in spectacular shape by trimming and pruning.
Speaking of trees, take the long view with some strategic tree planting. Trees provide shade, beauty, and higher property values. They can also cool our growing urban environments in Colorado and help clear the air.
Choose trees native to Colorado, such as the bristlecone pine, oak, or redbud. (Avoid aspen trees along the front range since they tend to die within a few years.) You’ll also want to plan for the tree’s size at maturity and how far the roots will spread.
Create a Buzz
Want a mountain meadow-feel in your backyard? You won’t create an exact replica (14ers are hard to move, after all). You can, however, bring bees, birds, and butterflies to your yard by planting a pollinator garden. These flower-full gardens attract pollinators to help your plants reproduce and bear fruit. This is a critical step in our food supply, so you’ll be giving the environment a boost. You’ll also boost your property’s value because these gardens are in vogue right now.
Get the most out of your landscaping budget by adding features that will add to the value of your home. You can enjoy these improvements when you’re living there and cash in on the returns when it’s time to sell.
Laura Hatch is a Denver news broadcaster who spends her free time gardening and hiking with her husband and three sons.