By Andy Meredith
When a lot of people start renovating and restoring old homes, they forget that the house isn’t the only thing that needs renovating. You can do everything in the world to make an old house into a real treasure, but it’s still not going to stand out to people unless you pay attention to the landscaping, too.
The pros in the real estate business call it curb appeal. I call it making the outside of your house look as welcoming as the inside. You want your buyers and anyone else who visits to be blown away by the great job you did, and that starts with your yard.
That doesn’t mean that you have to go all out on your landscaping, but it does mean that you need to pay some attention to how your yard looks and how it can work for your home. To get the best results without blowing your whole budget on landscaping, you need to keep a few things in mind.
What’s the Focal Point of Your Yard?
This is usually a pretty easy question to answer because the focal point is typically right in front of your front door. It might be the area surrounding your porch, or it might just be the area around your stoop if you don’t have a big porch or patio. Every now and then, you’ll see a yard with multiple focal points—an island of trees, flowers, and shrubs in the yard in addition to some landscaping around the front door—but for most houses, you’ll want your landscaping to draw visitors’ eyes to the front door.
Once you’ve figured out where your focal point is, you’ll need to decide how you want to draw people into it. A walkway helps, but if you don’t have any landscaping around your walk and nothing at the end of it, it’s going to look a little bit bare and sad.
Add Natural Accents
Fortunately, it’s really easy to fix that by adding a few natural accents to your yard. Shrubs and bushes along the walkway or at the end of it, around your door, are always a good addition. If you’ve got a green thumb, you can choose seasonal flowers and plant them at different times of the year. If you want to save time and effort, though, you can’t go wrong with evergreen bushes that don’t require a whole lot of maintenance.
Leave Room to Maintain Your Plants
Whether you go with flowers, bushes, or small trees along your walk or accenting your door, make sure that you leave enough room between them so they can grow and so you can maintain them. Think about the equipment you’ll need to use to trim hedges, mow the lawn, etc., and make sure that you leave room so that keeping up with your landscaping isn’t a huge pain.
In addition to making life easier on you, doing this also helps your plants’ health, too. If they’re too crowded together, you risk fungal infestations and other problems. So make sure you give your plants room to breathe and yourself room to work.
Basically, with landscaping, less is usually more. You don’t have to plant all kinds of growth all over the yard to make it look attractive, and you don’t have to go with overly structured, high-maintenance plants, either. Instead, choose a few hearty shrubs or flowering plants that will add to your curb appeal without taking up all your time with care and feeding.