So you’re looking to make some changes to your home’s exterior, but want to be sure they add value to your property? Before you pour big bucks into the landscaping, get the advice of a real estate agent who knows your neighborhood. You’ll also want to run those ideas past a professional landscaper to help set a reasonable budget and timeline. You also need to decide whether do-it-yourself is the way to go.
Here are half a dozen trending ideas to consider:
1. Outdoor Living Space
Beautiful and durable outdoor kitchens, rooms and fire pits with seating areas are trendy and valuable additions. They expand to the usable square footage of your home by giving you more space for relaxing and entertaining. Mosquito curtains and ceiling fans can help create a more pleasant environment during the hottest months.
2. Smart Tech
Smart LED lighting and smart irrigation are bringing new efficiencies and features to outdoor spaces. Lights can be controlled through voice assistants such as Alexa and can give owners different color options for festive occasions. Smart irrigation helps prevent overwatering and can be controlled from a mobile app. A remote control will also give landscapers and others easy access.
3. Colorful Plant Patterns
Colorful plants arranged in beds and around objects like birdbaths will bring a smile to onlookers. They also make for fun photogenic backdrops. Choose native plants such as goldenrod that thrive in Ohio’s climate and will attract pollinators. A flowerbed with butterfly weed and wild geraniums will add a pop of color and improve curb appeal. Add mulch to make your flowers and plants stand out. The pleasing scent of fresh mulch will also attract pollinators…and potential buyers to your home. This finishing touch will also save your plants from drying out, and it will save you from having to weed.
4. Container Gardening
Containers are perfect for those who would like to grow their own fresh organic herbs and vegetables without the work of a traditional garden. Containers require less planting mix and can be placed on a raised surface to save you from having to bend over to pull weeds. Containers with wheels and smaller sized pots can be moved around if need be, and are more difficult for rabbits and pests to pester. Some containers also double as aesthetically pleasing decorations.
5. Water Features
Fountains, ponds, and birdbaths continue to be popular landscape elements, but do require maintenance. They can become breeding spots for mosquitoes if not kept clean. They can also be safety hazards to small children, which is why cascading waterfalls are the choice of many homeowners.
6. Sustainable Landscaping
Natural materials and design choices that reduce water runoff and help conserve water are growing trends. Lawns are the biggest source of water consumption, so If you want to add turf to an area, start by choosing a variety that thrives in Ohio’s climate. Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue don’t require much water and will thrive in the Ohio soil.
Landscaping can add as much as 20 percent to the value of a home in addition to cutting the time a home spends on the market by 10 to 15 percent. Chances are, whatever you choose to do to improve your landscaping will bring a worthwhile return on the investment. These upgrades will also make the time you have left in your home more enjoyable.
William Dukes is a freelance writer and home decorator. He spends most of his time landscaping and fixing up and flipping old houses. He and his wife enjoy home DIY projects and recently built a new barn for their ranch.