by Dwayne Regehr
If you are considering selling your property in the not-so-distant future, you want to choose your landscaping upgrades carefully, investing in things that have universal appeal. Here is our guide to the best landscape investments.
Even the simplest yard is an asset if it is well maintained. Start with what you have. Trim the grass and tidy up the garden beds. Add mulch to control the weeds in garden beds. Prune overgrown trees and shrubs. A simple, well-ordered yard is always superior to an elaborate mess.
The cheapest way to landscape a yard is to plant grass from corner to corner. This can be great if you have kids and your most immediate need is for a space to host the neighborhood soccer tournament. But if you want to make your yard more inviting and usable, nothing does it better than a small patio or deck. A multi-functional space will be large enough to accommodate your barbecue, along with a small table and chairs set, or perhaps a couple of loungers.
A great way to bring your yard to life is to give it an injection of color.
Perennials can add some subtle color to your gardens, but if you want bolder, longer lasting colour, plant some annuals. If you are among a growing majority for whom gardens are more of a chore than an asset, consider confining your gardening to a few large planters. Plastic planters and urns are inexpensive and lightweight. Ceramic and pre-cast concrete planters are available in unusual designs and rich colours.
Patio furniture is another way to add some colour. Brightly painted Adirondack chairs are very popular, as are more subdued wicker chair and loveseat combos that can be accessorized with colourful cushions.
You can unify your yard and create order by choosing one element to be the focal point of the yard. It could be a small water feature at the edge of your garden. Or a patio and fire pit with built-in seating. Or perhaps a trio of planters on the corner of your deck, cascading with colourful annuals. It doesn't have to be expensive, just unique and eye-catching.
A walkway can serve different functions. At its most basic it is a connector between different parts of your yard, a means of getting from your patio to the garden shed without having to walk through the wet grass. A well-placed pathway can also serve to draw your attention out into the yard. Combined with a small bench, a fire pit or a water feature, a garden path can create a secondary focal point. Walkways can be as simple as a string of stepping stones set into the grass or as refined as a flagstone walkway leading to an intimate patio with an outdoor fireplace.
In working on landscape plans I hear many reasons not to plant trees. Many people don't want to deal with the leaves each fall. Others are sun lovers who don't want to shade the yard too much. But, given time, few things will add value to your home like a mature tree. Why is it that homes in River Heights and Wolseley are in such demand? There are many reasons, but the large numbers of mature trees are near the top of the list. A young tree will cost $200.00 to $400.00 to plant. In 20 years that maturing tree could add upwards of $10,000.00 to the value of your home. Nowhere else can you get that kind of return on investment.
In the end, it is the simplest things that seem to provide the greatest value. Luxury items like pools, hot tubs, and outdoor kitchens can be very appealing, and in fact will be a great selling feature to the right buyer, but the added complexity and maintenance requirements may be a turn off to others. The key is to know what you want to get out of your yard. Luxury items are great, but you should build those for your own enjoyment. If you view your house and yard as an investment, keep it simple and functional.
If you would like some help in evaluating your landscaping priorities, give us a call, text or email. We'd love to chat.
Dwayne came to our home about a month ago, saw what we wanted done, gave us a quote and indicated it would be around 6 weeks before they could get to it. In about 5 weeks he called to indicate thatRead more … they would begin the next day at 8. They were on time, did a great job, in extreme heat & humidity and the end cost was as quoted. Needless to say I enjoy working with people who are on time, honest and do professional work - Earthworks Landscaping covers off all of these important points for me.
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We heard about this company and the good work they do from a family member. We subsequently hired them to do a large interlocking brick patio and raised stone planter at the rear of our house. TheRead more … patio was large, with an intricate design. I was extremely impressed with their work, right from protecting our lawn from damage to the excellent work they did on the patio and planter. The crew was very pleasant and worked hard in very hot weather. We have already had many compliments on our new patio and planter and we will be hiring them to do a stone planter in our front yard next year. Very professional and service oriented, which is a nice trait in this day and age!
We had many contractors come to give estimates and we chose Earthworks. Dwayne's estimate on when he could do the project was incredible and he charged us what he quoted. We had done some changesRead more … after the initial meeting and within 24 hours we had a revised estimate sent to us for review and he made additional suggestions to us for consideration. He actually was able to start before the estimated date and we couldn't be happier with our new backyard space. I was most impressed when emailing questions that he would answer them very quickly. Not only was the workmanship excellent but the professionalism in returning questions and offering alternative solutions exceeded our expectations!!!!