Maximize Your Curb Appeal with These Landscaping Tips
Curb appeal that makes a great first impression to not only you and your neighbors, but also potential home buyers, can increase your chances of selling your home. Maximize your curb appeal by upping your landscape game, to ultimately add value to your home. If you want your home to make a lasting first impression, landscaping is one of the easiest and most affordable ways.
Present a Clear Path
Curb appeal obviously begins at the curb and carries right to the front door. Make sure the entryway to your home is welcoming and clearly defined.
Create a Welcome Landing
Welcome visitors with a warm entrance by creating a comfortable landing. A sitting area, some statuary and even some water features will make your home look inviting and draw in potential buyers.
Don’t Forget the Front Door
Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Give your front door a blast of color with paint or by installing a custom fiberglass or wood door. Make sure the knob and door fixtures are polished and clean.
Keep Your Landscape Clean
Your landscaping will get dirty over time, and can result in an unkempt exterior. Keep your landscaping features clean and shiny by hiring a professional to pressure wash your sidewalk, driveway and hardscape.
Add Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting
Adding lighting is another great way to increase your home’s curb appeal. Use path lights to light the way, create stunning visuals by highlighting a tree or focal point, illuminate street numbers and mount wall lights to give your home an extra glow.
Make Your Entrance Colorful
Plants and shrubs can add instant appeal to a home’s curb appeal. Trees such as a crape myrtle are excellent for San Diego area homes. They love a hot, sunny climate, can withstand drought and bloom in summer when most trees have ended their show. Look for other plants that are drought tolerant and colorful.
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Landscaping plans are far more involved than just deciding which plants to purchase and where to plant them. It’s a holistic approach to landscape design, which entails utilizing a bevy of landscape ideas, including hardscape, decks, patios, walkways, swimming pools, and ponds, as well as plants and other gardening additions. If your goal is a beautiful landscape, then solid landscape plans, and the services of a landscape designer, are definitely worth the investment and time they require.
One of the most important reasons it’s important to develop landscaping plans before you visit the local nursery is that there are more aspects to landscape design than most homeowners realize. The possibilities are literally staggering. Gazebos, ponds, flower gardens, vegetable gardens, landscape lighting, decks, patios, retaining walls, pathways irrigation, swimming pools, spas, trellises, awnings, and fencing are just scraping the surface of what your options are when it comes to landscape design.
Create an Extension of Your Home in Your Landscaping Plans
It’s a long list, and hopefully it gives you a general idea of what goes into solid landscaping plans and the things you’ll want to consider incorporating into your general design. Remember, landscaping isn’t just trees and bushes. It’s an extension of your home. And if it’s done correctly, with the help of an experienced landscaper to provide you with landscape ideas and make sure they are implemented correctly, your outdoor landscape can be an area of your residence you’ll want to spend time in just as much, or more, than your indoors.
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Get a dog and there goes the garden. That’s what many homeowners conclude, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In this article and slide show from Sunset Magazine are some great tips to create a dog-friendly garden.
Dog owner Bud Stuckey and his wife, Maxine McClellan, have been breeding champion American cocker spaniels for 14 years. His home garden in Felton, California, provides a safe, comfortable environment for the dogs as well as an attractive space for plants and people.
The best way to accomplish both goals is to design your garden to meet your dog’s needs, Stuckey advises. That way, Fido will be able to romp and race without injuring himself or trampling your flowers ― well, most of the time, anyway. Owning a dog also means giving up perfectionism and learning forgiveness, says Stuckey.
Step one in creating a “dogscape” is learning to think like a canine: If you were a dog, what would you want? Spaniels, terriers, retrievers ― each breed has a different personality, Stuckey says. “The better you can accommodate its particular traits, the happier your dog,” he explains. “And the happier your dog, the better your chance of maintaining a garden you’ll both enjoy.”
ELEMENTS OF A DOG-FRIENDLY GARDEN
Gentle hardscape: Smooth flagstones set in pebbles form a dry creek bed dogs can comfortably tread.
Comfy mulch: Small cedar chips are easy on paws yet large enough so they won’t cling to silky coats.
Border control: Pieces of driftwood persuade dogs to stay away from planted areas.
Running track: A long, winding path provides dogs with plenty of exercise.
Sensible plants: Plants near paths should have soft foliage but be sturdy enough to stand canine rough-housing.
Read More about Dog-Friendly Garden at sunset.com
Slide show: Photos from dog-friendly gardens
Want to add an extra room to your house and create more living space? One way is to create your room outdoors. More and more San Diego home owners are finding out that outdoor rooms can create a wonderful oasis right in their backyards. Our near perfect weather makes outdoor rooms in San Diego very desirable. Your outdoor can be a secluded spot to unwind, a place to entertain friends and family, a full scale outdoor kitchen or dining area or even a family room with an entertainment center, bar and fireplace.
Many designers suggest making your outdoor room a continuation of what is inside your home. That the flow should match enough that passing from inside to outside is barely noticed. For example, you can use french doors in a bedroom to expand out to a lounging area or a place to enjoy your morning coffee. The best way to begin developing your outdoor room, they say is to go inside and look at the views from your windows. Look for ways to create the feeling that your outdoor rooms in San Diego CA is an extension of your home. Consider tiles and flooring inside your house leading on a pathway to your outdoor room.
Building an outdoor room requires a reasonable amount of planning. What is the room going to be used for? Would one large room be best or would several smaller rooms? How can you make it both functional and enjoyable? If it is not, you will not use it and you might as well save your money.
A outdoor room can be designed with almost any type of budget but it is important to know what you can spend before you begin. There are many questions to consider. Are you going to need professional help with the design and build? Will your project require additional plumbing, gas lines or electrical circuits? What kind of permits are you going to need to build?
Water can be a very important feature in creating your backyard oasis. The sound of water is relaxing and calming. It may be as elaborate as a waterfall, koi pond or jacuzzi tub or it can be as simple as a small fountain. Water will certainly be an element you will want to try and include.
Fire can also be an important element. Firepits and/or fireplaces can extend your outdoor use both in terms of night and season. Firepits are attractive, functional and provide an cozy outdoor gathering place.
If you want to make your outdoor rooms in San Diego CA feel like a room add flooring or hardscaping. It can be a deck, concrete slab or stone flooring, or a bench, lattice, fountain and a number of items that can make up your hardscape. Hardscaping helps to define space and direct traffic. Many homeowners plan their hardscaping completely before deciding on the rest of the elements.
Sun and shade are other important elements to consider when creating your outdoor oasis. Make sure you have plenty of both.
Your outdoor rooms in San Diego can be all you want it to be if you plan properly. Consider talking to a professional San Diego design and build landscaper. Their knowledge and experience can be well worth the expense. Call San Diego Landcare Systems, Inc. at (760) 788-8140.