Landscaping Tips To Increase Your Property Value


Landscaping Tips To Increase Your Property Value

Landscaping is one of the most important and easiest ways to increase your property’s value. Great curb appeal helps to create a great first impression. Think about when you have looked at houses for sale in Kanata, Stittsville and Ottawa. When you have driven or walked by, when you were standing at the door waiting to go in, what are you looking at and checking out. Below are some tips to help you get started!

Have a good strategy. Choose a design with diversity, but don’t clutter the entire yard with high-maintenance plants. Choose a uniform look with enough diversity for interest and a good mixture of shrubs and perennials. Flowering shrubs are a green way to add green and colour all Summer long and are lower maintenance.

Remember grass is a great ground cover. It looks great with regular watering. It also does not take long to maintain with a cut once a week. In hotter weather cut grass longer, set the mower up higher, this will help prevent drought and less weeds. If you have some brown patches, after raking spread some seed, spread some peat moss over top and then water. The peat moss will hold the water and reduce the amount of watering required and also show potential buyers that you are making an effort to maintain your property.

Plant trees and hedges. People view trees as an eco-friendly option as they remove carbon dioxide and pollution from the air. The shade is a nice place to relax, and helps keep homes cooler. If you have a new home, plant trees or hedges in your first couple of years as it will take time for them to grow big enough to provide privacy and shade. Be mindful about the placement of the trees. Don’t plant too close to the house or overhead wires. Check the size at maturity before starting to plant. Remember spending time and money on new countertops or paint can be done in a very short amount of time over the winter months, so spending some time and effort on the outside of your property will allow for more impact.

Edge your lawn. Edging along your driveway, sidewalk and garden beds shows how you care for your property. Nothing looks better than a lawn that is carefully maintained, vibrant and neatly edged.

Keep Garden beds weed free. Spreading mulch in garden beds is a money and time saver as it reduces the amount of water and weeding your garden will require. If you prefer you can also use grass clippings or shredded leaves, your own compost or stones for some beds.

Match your home’s style. If you own a modern home, create a modern landscape with plenty of greenery and natural looking beds. If you own a Victorian home, a cottage-style landscape that blends in with old-fashioned formality will look great.

Think about different seasons. Having plants for each season will keep your landscaping attractive all year. Blooming bulbs for Spring, shrubs with bright coloured leaves for Fall, and evergreens for the Winter. Don’t forget about the bees, butterflies and birds. They will enjoy your garden too if you have a mix of flowering trees & shrubs.

Landscaping will give you a good return on your investment with a thought out plan and design. There are many nurseries close by that you can consult with when selecting plants, shrubs and trees. Click here for a list of local garden centres and nurseries.  If you would like more tips or ideas feel free to contact us. Not only is Luc a bilingual Ottawa realtor® but he also has a background in landscape architecture and is happy to answer your questions.

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