Is your yard a welcoming outdoor space where you enjoy spending your time, or is it something you pass through in order to get somewhere else? To create the former, and maybe improve your home’s value, it may be time to give your yard a little TLC. This may mean a quick weekend project or a full redesign managed by a landscape architect, but either way, it’s important to plan and budget.
The American Society of Landscape Architects recommends starting with a budget of 5–10% of your home’s worth, especially if you’re trying to increase your property’s value. Spend more on the “maximum value” features, which includes patios and trees. To reduce or eliminate watering costs, look into xeriscape landscaping, which also generally requires less maintenance.
No matter how you decide to upgrade your landscaping, it’s important to prioritize and work according to a plan. Research which plants and trees are best for your land. If you decide to splurge on the ultimate outdoor oasis, high-end materials and custom installations can help you create an area you’ll want to spend more time in, not just pass through. For more ideas, check out the infographic below.
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