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When Everything About Your New Home is Great, Except the Landscaping!

Grasshopper Gardens - Monday, January 05, 2015

Not everyone has a budget to find the new home of their dreams where everything is picture perfect. But often, people find the perfect house, but the property is much to be desired for. And, if you’re a first time home buyer, you might not know what the right things to do with yard are.

Of course, hiring a professional landscaper, like Grasshopper Gardens (hint, hint), is a smart and proactive way of taking your yard from working to winning. In the meantime, we have some pro tips for what to start thinking about when it comes to beautifying your yard:

Climate & Plants

Before thumbing through one of the thousands of home improvement magazine and books, picking out the plants and foliage you want needs to match the climate you live in, not solely yours likes and dislikes.

For example, consider the temperature of the climate you live in and the water the plants you grow will need. A lot of places around the country have water restrictions due to shortages. If this occurs in your area, then pick plants that don't need to use tons of water.

Plant things (and see that your landscaper plants things) that are native to your region. Native plants are known to thrive in the climate conditions available, therefore making them easier for you enjoy long-term, as well as to take care of. This, then, makes them a low-maintenance variety for any yard in many cases. You can find information about plants that are native to your area by visiting your favorite garden store, or just ask us when we come by to give you an estimate!

You should get to know how annuals and perennials are different. Always keep the season in mind when planning landscaping projects, this is something that we tend to educate all our clients about. It is important to understand which plants do well during specific seasons and how to maintain them based on season.

Outdoor Eating/Kitchen Areas & Long-term Costs

Consider using granite for surfaces on outdoor kitchen areas you may be planning to add or that came with the house. Granite is a lower-maintenance material, so while it might cost you more during the initial install, it will be worth the money later (since you won't be faced with frequent bills for replacements and repairs).

Seasons & Appearance

When you have a designer work your landscape, don't forget to ask how it will appear in the fall and early spring. Most people in the Capital Region think of landscaping and spring/summer colors. But, fall often provides a beautiful time of the year for your landscape if planned right. When the autumn comes, we might just be able to surprise you with a stunning display in your yard (instant way to make your neighbors jealous).

Selling Your Home? Consider the Landscaping for a 200% Return on Investment!

Did you know landscaping can help to better draw in potential buyers? Some estimates put the return on your investment to be as much as 200%! Keep an eye on the yard out front to add to the home's curb appeal. We can also make an inviting outdoor living area in your back yard, further increasing your chances of selling your home quickly and for what you’re asking!




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