By Candis Meredith
One of the things that’s been the most challenging for me as Andy and I have built our renovation business is landscaping. I love trees and shade, so I always have some trouble whenever we have to decide to remove a tree. Also, I’m not the biggest fan of big lawns that require a lot of mowing and watering.
So, as much as I love the look of a beautifully manicured front yard, I can’t help but look at it from a buyer’s point of view. Whenever I see a large yard with a lot of grass, I just think, “That’s going to need a lot of mowing, and it won’t stay green and healthy on its own…” That’s why I’ve been especially excited about new trends in yards that don’t look so much like golf courses. So let’s take a minute to look at some of the reasons you might want to convert your front lawn into a garden.
Say Goodbye to Mowing
First of all, depending on the kind of landscaping you choose and which plants you go with, you could create a garden that doesn’t require a lot of work at all. A little bit of seasonal maintenance that can be done in an afternoon or hired out to landscapers might be all your buyers need to do to keep their yard looking gorgeous throughout the year. That’s a huge improvement over mowing the lawn at least once a week during the growing season, and it’s a selling point for buyers.
You Can Opt for Low-Water Plants and Grasses
If you’re renovating homes in an area that’s been affected by drought, then you’re probably worried about selling a house with a giant lawn. All that grass is going to need to be watered if you want to keep it looking beautiful, and water restrictions can ruin a yard like this in no time. Plus, if you’re under water restrictions while you’re building and renovating, you may not even be able to lay new sod. Choosing plants and grasses that don’t require a lot of water can be a good choice in these cases.
Grass Does Have Its Place
All that said, green lawns do have a lot going for them in addition to making your property look manicured. Grass prevents soil erosion, so if you have a lawn, your yard is more likely to maintain its form without getting pitted and uneven after repeated rainfalls. The grass in your lawn also provides local birds with feeding grounds, and those birds in turn get rid of insects and other pests. Grass also does its part in absorbing carbon dioxide and keeping the air fresh and clean.
Creating a More Useful and Beautiful Front Yard
Of course, if you replace your lawn with a garden, you could get all of those benefits without having the constant need to mow. Planting a kitchen garden in the front or back yard is a great way to improve the value of a house, as the yard is suddenly very useful and can provide healthy produce grown right at home. Plus, if you do this for your buyers, they will have a turnkey victory garden that only needs minimal maintenance to see a great bounty every growing season.
Kitchen gardens and low-water landscaping are both really popular right now, and they both have a lot of advantages. So, for your next renovation, take a look at the lawn and consider what else you can do with it.