It’s time to grab your gardening gloves, shovels, and dowels to spruce up the yard. Summer is the optimum time to breathe new life into your home’s landscape, so we’ve asked the experts at the UGA Extension to give us their best tips for warm weather yard rehabilitation.
Step 1: Change your point-of-view
Real estate experts say that 10 to 15 percent of a home’s perceived value comes from a simple, yet appealing landscape. So, put yourself in your neighbors’ shoes, stand across the street from your house and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your landscape. Next, jot down the problems you see. This will give you a plan of action for your landscape upgrade.
Step 2: Tackle the not-so-dirty work first
Okay so you’ve got your plan of action, but what to do first? We recommend tackling the clean-up first. By cleaning up your yard, you’ll be able to clearly see the potential for future design. These tasks may include the following:
Step 3: Do I stay or do I go?
Before you begin designing the eclectic zen garden of your dreams, you need to DTS or Define The Stay. If you can see yourself living in this home for the rest of your life, then go ahead and get a jump on creating that zen garden. However, if you are planning on relocating a few years down the road, you’ll want to tailor your landscape design to the tastes of your potential buyers.
Step 4: Start Your Design
You’ve asked the right questions, and you’ve gotten a little dirty, finally, you are ready to begin revamping your yard. While planning out your design keep these tips in mind:
When it comes to curb appeal, less is more. Keep your designs clean and simple to create an atmosphere that will have friends and family begging to join you on your front porch this summer. For more information on landscape planting, contact your local Bryan County Extension Office at 912-653-2231 or visit www.caes.uga/extension/bryan.