One of the fastest and easiest ways to increase home value is to create an attractive landscape to surround your home. In Colorado, fall is an ideal time for planting because cooler weather is easier on young plants, and there’s still time for roots to establish themselves before winter blankets them with snow.
Landscaping is much more than pretty plants a good landscape design can add 20 percent to the value of your property and save up to 25 percent in heating and cooling costs. However, landscaping goes beyond plantings, or softscaping, to include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, and ponds. Outdoor rooms, terraces, and decks are also high-yield structural or hardscaping investments.
Before attempting any landscape job yourself, seek advice from local nursery people, gardeners and landscapers. Even for modest landscaping jobs, it pays to seek the advice of local experts because they’ll help you with an attractive plan, and advise you on plants that are best suited for your property. You can buy your own plants relatively inexpensively and install them yourself if you want to save money. For maximum value, the quality of the landscape should match the quality of your house. In some cases it may be worth the extra cost and effort to bring in mature landscape specimens.
In Colorado, with water such a precious resource, be environmentally friendly and design your landscape changes with water conservation in mind. Drip irrigation systems, automatic timers and heavy mulch can save a lot of water and weeding. Consider reducing the size of your lawn, and incorporate low-maintenance, drought-tolerant ground covers and native plants as much as possible.
Could your home benefit from a few properly placed trees? According to the EPA, trees shading homes can reduce attic temperatures as much as 40 degrees. Another benefit is that well placed plantings offer privacy and tranquility by screening out busy street noises and reducing glare from headlights.
Even if you’re not currently trying to sell your home, now would be a good time to begin paying attention to your investment. If you think you’ll be moving any time within the next few years, remember that most landscaping takes awhile to mature.
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