With all of the rain lately, it may feel like your backyard is more of a mud pit than a lawn. Drainage issues aside, there are several things you can do to increase the value of your home by way of your landscape.
1. Plant Trees. Most buyers appreciate the benefit of a tree. Whether your choose a large shade tree, fruit trees, or a decorative flowering tree, make sure there is room in your yard for the tree once it's full grown. Larger, older trees are more expensive, but you don't have to wait a decade or more for your shade tree to provide a decent amount of shade.
2. Choose Different Flower Types. Mixing up your landscape with various types of flowers can go a long way in improving the value of your landscape. Choose inexpensive annuals for bright pops of color, but know that you'll have to replant each year. Perennials return year after year, but make sure you choose a location that allows for their size. Work with a local landscaper or garden center for choices that will make sense in your space.
3. Create a Living Space. You don't have to create a full outdoor kitchen, but a comfortable sitting area or a fire pit can make a nice statement if you backyard allows for it. Pavers or decomposed granite can create a functional and pathway while adding texture.
4. Add Size and Textures. A vast lawn may be intimidating for some buyers. Mix your your landscape by using different textures and colors. Boulders, fountains, and trellises can add extra dimension to your space and don't require a lot of upkeep. Trees, vines and ground cover can add texture and color. Choose plants that are proven to grow well in the Northern Nevada climate.
5. Choose Hardscape. Fresh mulch or gravel can make a big difference in how your landscape looks. A stone border around a tree or planter can add texture and provide a nice physical barrier. Because these are fairly inexpensive options, you can get a lot of bang for your buck.
6. Love What You Have. Before you spend the weekend purchasing new plants and trees, consider what you already have. Would weeding your planters, trimming trees, and cleaning up your pavers make a difference? Before you make any major purchases, consider what's already there.
If you're struggling to create a landscape you love, work with a local garden center. Not only will the local centers have a huge assortment of plants and trees to choose from, but their experts know what grows well in our local climate.
If you're updating your landscape to sell your home, we would be honored to be of assistance. The demand for homes in the Reno-Sparks area is very high and we work hard so our clients get top dollar for their homes. Contact us for more information.