Top 5 Spring Landscape Projects That are Worth the Time and Money
Spring is finally here (well, at least according to the calendar!) and with it comes yard clean up and some new landscaping projects.
If you are trying to sell your home, landscaping can actually boost the value of your home by as much as 20%! There is a real payoff for all that dirt and sweat!
Even if you aren’t interesting in selling, doesn’t everyone want a home with beautiful curb appeal? And what would summer be if you were surrounded by dying or dead plants and some scrubby looking bushes and dirt?
Get the most from your landscaping projects by checking out our list of the top 5 landscaping projects you should consider this spring so you can enjoy your backyard barbeques this summer!
Landscaping Ideas that Pay Off Big Time!
First, don’t forget to do all the prep work. It’s annoying, not to mention time consuming, to realize that you are ready for your big project, only to discover that your mower is dead.
Before you begin, get your lawnmower serviced and the blades sharpened. The same is true with all your hand tools, have the blades sharpened or replace them if they are worn out.
This would also be a good time to rent a dumpster. Chances are that you have, or will have, a great deal of trash and debris to dispose of after this long, harsh winter. Dead bushes, plants, tree branches, perhaps even complete trees to remove, old mulch, and construction items that will need to be disposed of when you perform some of the following landscaping ideas.
Dumpsters aren’t much money and they are certainly more convenient, and less time consuming than making repeated trips to the dump.
1. Fire Pits
One of the hottest trends right now are fire pits. Imagine nighttime summer parties with s’mores being heated over an open fire pit and you will understand the appeal. You can contrast a simple block firepit or invest in one from your local home improvement store that can travel with you should you sell your home. Just remember to keep your firepit away from heat sensitive plants, patios, decks, or other flammable materials.
If you are lucky enough to have a deck in your yard, this is the time to prepare it for summer use. Depending on its condition, your deck will probably need a power wash, perhaps stripping, sanding, re-staining or repainting. If any part of your deck shows signs of excessive wear or if you see boards that are sagging, split, or have rot, replace them immediately as a safety measure.
If you don’t have a deck, consider adding one if your finances can handle it. If you are lucky enough to have some DIY skills, you can probably handle most of it yourself using some plans that are available online. If not, you might want to hit up some friends who have experience in this area to help cut back on costs.
The right outdoor lighting not only turns a blah landscape into something breathtaking, but it’s an inexpensive way to increase your home’s value. Use spot lights to highlight trees and palms, add solar lights or regular outdoor lights to line a path to your front door. Colored lights in the backyard can make even an ordinary yard look soft and inviting.
4. Replacement Plants
Unless a tree or plant was an expensive investment, don’t bother trying to nurse a sick or dying plant back to life. It’s usually much faster and more economical to simply replace the plant. If the plant had a difficult time from the start, you should consider planting something that is native to your area to ensure that it will thrive and survive harsh winters.
5. Plant a Tree
If your yard space allows, consider planting a tree. Trees will live for decades and after they are established, often require little to no maintenance. The amount of space you have for a tree will help you decide what type of tree to plant. If you have lots (such as ¼ acre or more) of yard space and have no other large trees, consider larger trees like walnut, maple, or even an oak tree. If space is tight, a Japanese maple is one choice that adds color, doesn’t grow very large, and suits nearly every climate.
Whatever you choose, make sure you plan accordingly and take some time to envision the finished product. Sometimes we see things that look pretty on their own, only to come to the realization that it doesn’t fit with the current motif.