By Andy Meredith
Whenever Candis and I take on a new renovation project, we always look at the whole property. When we’re done, we want it to look like a finished piece of work, not like a renovated house that’s been plopped down in the middle of a patchy yard.
That doesn’t mean that we automatically plant a bunch of sod and create a big, uniform lawn, though. Instead, we think about a few different factors that can help us sell our houses faster and that will make our buyers happier. One of those factors is yard work.
Some of our buyers do all of their own yard work, while others hire landscapers to do it for them. Whether we’re helping our buyers save time or money, we know that they’ll appreciate a lower-maintenance yard. At the same time, we know that they’re going to want a yard that adds to the house’s curb appeal. So how do we do both? Check out some of my favorite landscaping ideas from houses we’ve worked on over the years.
Border the Lawn with Low-Maintenance Shrubbery
You can reduce the amount of mowing that your buyers have to do by reducing the area of the lawn. Putting a border of low-maintenance shrubberies around the property line, along the walk, and against the house can take up a surprising amount of space that your buyers won’t have to mow. Make sure that you don’t go with shrubs that have to be pruned or watered regularly, though, or you’re just replacing one kind of yard work with another.
Landscape with Drought-Tolerant Plants
A lot of cacti, succulents, and desert grasses are really beautiful plants that require little to no maintenance. Some of the taller grasses can add privacy, as well as giving the lawn more dimension. Planting these in a defined area of the lawn will reduce the amount of grass to be mowed, and it’ll reduce the amount of watering needed to make the yard look attractive, too.
Don’t Treat the Lawn as the Main Part of the Yard
Instead of thinking of your landscaping as a few details and accessories that you add to the yard to make the lawn look better, think of the lawn as the accessory. When you make this mental shift, you’ll find yourself adding a lot more landscaping with a lot less grass. You can plant a large island of trees and shrubs, create a bank of tall grass, or carve out an outdoor “room” with a pebble floor, a fire pit, and an attractive border of plants and stones.
When you stop thinking of grass as the most important part of the yard, you can start thinking of other outdoor décor and details that will make the yard even more attractive without a ton of maintenance or yard work. Buyers appreciate it when they see a ready-made yard that’ll continue to look great, even without constant care and attention.
Ask Your Landscapers for Recommendations
Every property is different, which means that every time you renovate a home you’ll have a new opportunity to give your buyers a low-maintenance, attractive yard. It also means that there are probably going to be some cool landscaping solutions that won’t immediately occur to you. So don’t be afraid to ask your landscaping experts what they’d do with the property to make it more drought-tolerant, to reduce the need for mowing, and to otherwise make it more buyer friendly. You might be surprised by what they come up with.
Use some or all of these tips on your next home renovation and see how beautiful and low-maintenance the yard can be.