Whether you just want to renovate your home for personal reasons or you’re planning to put it up for sale in the future, you can’t deny that improving it will increase your property’s value. So you have your old bathroom outfitted with a newer, more modern bath and vanity unit, had the floorboards repaired, and even revamped the kitchen. One part of your property you have neglected, however, is your lawn.
According to real estate brokers, improving the lawn and/or garden is a good way to boost your property’s curb appeal and increase its value. This is only natural as the lawn is the first portion of your property that guests and prospective buyers see the moment they set foot on it. An unkempt garden or a lawn with lots of unsightly brown patches on it is hardly attractive to prospective buyers.
If you want to make a positive first impression to prospective buyers and boost your property’s value at the same time, here are some tips on how to give your lawn and garden a much-needed makeover even when you are on a budget.
Sometimes there is no need to spend so much money if you simply want to prevent your house from looking like something straight out of a horror movie and turning off prospective buyers. If you have an overgrown lawn, simply crank up that lawn mower that has been sitting in your garage and cut away that nasty overgrowth. If you are too busy with work or if you have mobility or health issues that prevent you from mowing your lawn, have a lawn mowing and gardening contractor take over this chore. Apart from aerating, dethatching, and fertilising your lawn, lawn mowing technicians are also trained in edging the lawn which gives it a manicured and well-maintained look.
If you have a garden, give it some much-needed TLC by pulling out the weeds that compete with your plants for sunlight, water, and nutrients. After removing the weeds, apply some mulching near and around the base of your plants. The purpose of mulching is to suppress the growth of weeds and prevent moisture from evaporating quickly after you water the plants. Choose an aged and organic mulch that does not have diseases or pests in it to ensure that your plants will not be contaminated once the mulch is applied. Check with your local garden supplies store or gardening maintenance provider if you want to know which mulch is perfect for your garden.
Adding a few plants here and there makes a difference and can also help boost property’s value on the market. If you have a green thumb and if you’re confident in your landscaping skills, then go ahead and buy some plants from your local nursery. Install a fully grown hedging if you want to improve the privacy of your property or some flowering shrubs to add color to your garden. If you have the budget, go ahead and have a full-grown tree transplanted to add some shade and visual interest to your property.
If your property has an unsightly lawn with many brown patches all over, better have it taken care of as soon as possible by your local lawn maintenance contractor. Lawn maintenance providers can fix the dead patches by clearing out the dead turf, plant new grass seeds, and fertilise the new grass all in one day. There will be instances when you need to lay out a new lawn if it has been neglected for many years. Choose from a wide variety of grasses that are available for Australian homes, which include Kikuyu, buffalo, Tall Fescue, couch, and Zoysia.
As your new plants flourish in your garden, make sure to keep them in great shape by pruning. Cut out diseased, dead, and dying leaves and branches to prevent them from developing an unkempt appearance. Maximize all the water and nutrients you feed your plants, as well as ensure that the plants will grow properly by removing clustering and crossing leaves and branches. Snip off branches that grow inward, but leave the ones that grow in an outward and lateral position.
Apart from mowing your lawn and improving/adding your garden, you can also replace an existing but ugly fence or build a new one. If you have some money to spare and if you’re up for the challenge, build a concrete patio, a new deck, or even a pergola to complete your home improvement.