Whether you live in the city, suburbs, or countryside, everyone wants their yard to feel like an oasis, but accomplishing this can be easier said than done! If the view out your window is a sparse patch of grass and you’d like to give your home landscape an upgrade, here are some tips that can help.
Hire a Certified Arborist
Naturally, taking care of your trees is top on our list—we are a tree care business, after all! Trees that shed their leaves early or have a canopy full of dead branches are an eyesore, but having a Certified Arborist come out to inspect your trees can keep them in tip-top shape. There’s a difference between arborist and tree service—a tree service can trim and remove trees, but only Certified Arborists are required to pass a rigorous exam and take ongoing education in the science of tree care (find out more: why hire an arborist).
Arborists can also advise you on new trees to add to your home landscape, and help you decide if a particular tree needs to be removed. Beautiful, healthy trees create shade and add curb appeal, making them a valuable part of your property.
Invest in Lawn Care
A lawn full of weeds and bare spots doesn’t make a great impression, but once you let your home landscape slide, it can be hard to get back on track. Stay on top of watering, mowing, fertilizing, aerating, and pest control and it will pay dividends, giving you a lush green lawn that’s the envy of your neighborhood. If all that lawn care isn’t for you—and you don’t want to pay someone else to do it—consider a trendy moss lawn or add large garden beds with native plants to your yard so you have less grass to maintain.
Add a Deck or Patio
What better way to enjoy your beautiful trees and gardens than to sit out on a patio or deck? You’ll get a lot more use out of your outdoor space by adding either of these features. A deck is more expensive and requires more maintenance, but it will also add more resale value. If you prefer a patio, flagstone or brick are attractive choices, but if they’re not in your budget, a stamped concrete patio looks great too.
Consider a Water Feature
While pools are notorious for tanking property values, a low-maintenance water feature can add value. A pondless waterfall adds soothing white noise to your yard and requires little upkeep, or if the idea of water gardening appeals to you, you might want to choose an ecosystem pond, which is more-or-less self-sustaining once it reaches a good equilibrium. A Japanese maple or weeping tree looks stunning next to a pond.
No matter how much you like your neighbors, sometimes you want to just sit outside and enjoy your yard without having to strike up a conversation. An attractive fence can increase your property values, but privacy hedges and shrubs can do the job too. Although we specialize in tree care, we’re happy to talk to you about some fast-growing privacy options the next time we stop by for your annual property inspection.