by Barb Ambrose October 25, 2021 2 min read

Landscaping does more than boost curb appeal: it can also significantly impact the bottom line when you sell your home. Use the following suggestions to capitalize on the hottest landscaping trends.

Maintain Your Yard

Before investing big bucks in new landscaping features, take care of what you’ve got. Having a green and lush yard is eye-catching, will boost your home’s value, and give you and your family the perfect place to relax and enjoy. Maintain its beauty by watering, mowing, and fertilizing.

Low Maintenance Landscaping

“Less is more” is all the rage in landscaping right now. By making your yard easier to tend, you’ll save yourself time and money. Your property will also be more appealing to future home buyers. Replace some of your lawn with groundcover, especially in bare spots. Choose native plants that can thrive in your area with less water and little maintenance. Add xeriscaping and hardscaping to save even more water. Hardscaping refers to the non-living features in your landscaping: patios, pathways, retaining walls, etc.

Outdoor Living Space

firepit

Add appeal and value to your home with an outdoor living space. These have evolved from patios with a few chairs to outdoor living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens. Fire pits and fireplaces are popular options. No budget for a backyard oasis? Spruce up your existing outdoor space with new or refurbished patio furniture. Add colorful cushions and potted plants for pops of color and a fresh new look.

Privacy

Keep your outdoor time out of your neighbor’s view with some strategic landscaping. Retaining walls and privacy panels can add architectural interest along with some seclusion. Add a natural touch with hedges, trees, or vines. If you’ve got a pergola, consider outdoor curtains. Fences are a solid choice, and you can soften them up with lattices, planters, or a decorative gate.

Outdoor Lighting

Enhance your home’s exterior features and landscaping with outdoor lighting. You’ll also extend the amount of time you can spend outside by lighting up the night. Solar lights along driveways and walkways are economical and easy to install. LED lights on patios, decks, and stairways add beauty, safety, and security.