Even if the seasons are changing, it’s never a bad time to start planning the next big landscaping project for one’s home or business. For those interested in increasing the value of their homes, landscaping is a great way to do so without a costly investment. Investing as little as 5% of a home’s value in landscaping can bring returns of up to 150% percent.
However, before a home or business owner can begin landscaping, they need to have a plan. Simply jumping into a project without a blueprint can cost a lot of money and bring a lot of headaches down the road. Here are a few tips to help start a landscaping project blueprint that could increase a home’s resale value by 14% or more:
Use The Right Soil
One of the first things that a homeowner should do is make sure that they use the right soil for their project. Some people just dig a hole and put a plant in it, ignoring the fact that not all soils are created equal, and some just aren’t suited to providing the right nutrients for good plant growth. Consulting a landscaper about the soil in the area is a good place to start. If they said that it’s not right for the project, then consider ordering a shipment of more nutritious and fertile soils from a local gardening store.
Consider Plant’s Sunlight Needs
Plants are important to the landscaping project unless it involves heavy amounts of hardscaping and thus requires very little plants. However, not all plants react the same to the sun. Some plants are geared more towards the shade or having minimum exposure. Keep the sunlight exposure requirements in mind when going about a landscaping project. For instance, avoid placing a shade plant that requires little sun in direct sunlight for prolonged periods.
Make Sure There’s Adequate Drainage
One of the biggest issues that landscapers have is draining issues, according to Gavin Duke of Page Duke Landscape Architects in Nashville, TN. He says that individuals in his line of work often solve these issues with French draining beds or similar techniques.
“There is also a perforated pipe we put in low with a pea gravel base around it so that if you get saturated conditions, the water does not sit there and cause mildew or a situation where the plant could actually drown,” said Gavin.
Unfortunately, homeowners planning DIY landscaping projects often forget about proper drainage, which can lead to water damage and foundation problems. Being aware of the slope of the landscape is another key part of this, as is having the ability to control the water’s flow to avoid killing plants. Too much water can be a damaging thing — both to your yard and your home — and you run the risk of killing the organic parts of your new yard.
Making sure that the project is prepared and mapped out carefully is a large part of successful landscaping. Every home or business owner should make sure that they consider the above aspects, and others, before starting their next project.