Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tips to Enhance the Common Area Landscape

Daisy Andrews is here today to share her thoughts and sprucing up your backyard area. These are great tips and with Spring finally here, these are great ideas. Thanks for the ideas Daisy.
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Landscaping can enhance the look of your property. Potential buyers get their first impression from the curb appeal of the house. However, many people neglect this while preparing the property for the sales process. A well-maintained landscape can add significant value to your home.

Take a quick look at some of the tips to improve the landscape of common area.


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Common Area Landscape

#1. Define the Edges of the Lawn


If you mow and edge the lawn, your garden will look tamed and restrained and also will look like a low-maintenance work which can be a good selling point. Developing an edge in the lawn is an easy task and you only need to do is to use a sharp spade for cutting a separation between the garden bed, fence, or path and the lawn. You can also use a physical barrier of steel, timber, stone, and brick for cutting.

#2. Mulching and Weeding


If you mulch and weed, your garden will look like it is well kept and will charm the buyers. Select utility mulch like forest fines or pine bark instead of the common options preferred by the gardener like sugarcane and Lucerne. This is because it looks neater when you plan on selling the property. However, you should avoid using utility mulches such as Carroll warns, or dyed wood chip, as it might put off the home buyers.

#3. Shape the Overgrown and Unsightly Shrubs and Trees


Irrespective of the season, it is always good to manage the neglected pruning scores because dead branches or shrubs do not look good in the common landscape. This idea for landscaping will show how well you maintain your house. You can prune deciduous shrubs and trees any time.

#4. Add Some Colour


You can use some seasonal colour on the landscape which will spruce up its look. You can either opt for a monochromatic theme or use a splash of several colours but you need to be sure that it suits to the house.

#5. Create a Walkway


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Landscape

Rather than trampling down the lawn, you can create a walkway of dead grass in between the patio, garden, and fire pit. You can create an appealing walkway with the help of these materials,

  • Decorative brick
  • Natural flagstone
  • Crushed stone
  • Stepping stones

It is simply about connecting the elements in the landscape for pulling them off together. However, you need to keep in mind that you have to construct the walkway with materials that are similar to the exterior of the house and this will tie the landscape to your home aesthetically.

#6. Keep Limited Plant Species


If you minimize the number of plant species, the garden will look neat and clean and will give the appearance of low-maintenance. However, you should be too stringent about restricting the choices.

#7. Make the Water Feature Appear Natural


If your garden has a water feature, it should look like it belongs to the landscape. For this, you can use natural stone for building it up or use the same stone and material that you have used for building the house. You should also not use more than three elements in a particular area as this might make the area look messy.

#8. Create Curved Lines Rather than Straight Lines


With the help of landscaping, you can add edge around the flower gardens, the driveways, walkways, and the house foundation. If you install an edge in the creative curves instead of making perfect straight lines, you can increase the curb appeal of the house.

A well-maintained landscape is easier to sell and also provide your house with natural insulation and shade. Hence, you can save some money on the air conditioning cost.

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