When it comes to curb appeal – how a real estate professional might describe the relative attractiveness of a home – designing and caring for your landscape can be just as important as upkeeping the exterior of the home itself. And it’s important for homeowners to maintain the appearance of their property for multiple reasons. Not just to maximize its value should they decide to sell, but also to meet certain aesthetic standards for their community.
And why not do what you can to maximize the appeal of the place where you live? It doesn’t just make financial sense, but it feels good to come home to a dwelling that has been cared for and kept up, inside and out.
Maintaining a clean-looking lawn, garden and sidewalk is just as important as properly cultivating your garden and greenery. You want your property not just to be beautiful, but also to convey that the person who resides there takes good care of it. That sends the message that the inside of the home is in good shape, as well.
Ways to boost your curb appeal can also vary depending on the time of year. For example, an aspect of fall maintenance that sets it apart is that, here in the Midwest, ice and snow can arrive unexpectedly. Anyone who lives here knows that seasonal weather is nothing if not unpredictable. Therefore, preparation for that moment starts to take place in early fall.
In addition, you don’t want to deal with debris next spring left on the ground all winter long. And if there is an unseasonably early snowfall or unexpected ice, clearing it will be a lot easier if nothing is lurking underneath. Therefore, as you prepare for the colder months ahead, you’ll also want to be thinking about leaving the ground as clear as possible.
Are you still relying on awkward and outdated sprinkler systems? A lot has happened in recent years in the area of irrigation systems. More modern systems are not only used on golf courses or vast landscapes. Updating your irrigation system signals to others that you keep up with best practices when it comes to land care.
For instance, drip irrigation can be a more efficient and effective way of giving different parts of your flower beds, lawn space and other greenery precisely what they need at the time of day that makes the most sense. A drip irrigation system can be set on a timer, allowing a slow drip to hydrate the base of the plants and reach down to the roots, where water is needed the most. A gradual approach also helps conserve water as you can water less frequently and avoid runoff.
A lawn that shows even minor signs of neglect or mis-management can lower the curb appeal of the home. Homeowners can even, unintentionally, take steps to mitigate problems that hurt more than they help. A couple pitfalls to be on the lookout are:
A major benefit of working with a professional gardening service is that they can ensure things are planted at the right point in the season and help prevent signs of unhealthy landscapes. Sheldon Landscape can introduce soil that is fresh and fertile when the time is right, as well as offer options when plants need to be protected, whether from the scorching sun or an early frost.
Not every professional landscaper has the horticultural expertise to see that these and countless other steps are taken to help boost the curb appeal of your property. The team at Sheldon will take many steps to make the most of your curb appeal:
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