The best kind of landscaping is the low-maintenance kind, especially when you are selling your home. Landscaping can add quite a bit of value and marketability to your home. In fact, beautifully landscaped areas that increase curb appeal will also increase the final value of your home. This year, there are a few new landscaping trends to add to your home’s marketability and promote your listing.
Hardscaping refers to any man-made structure with a landscaping design that is made of inanimate materials such as gravel, brick, wood, pavers, or stone. Essentially, any solid structure that does not plant life is considered hardscaping.
According to 40% of real estate agents surveyed, hardscaping is a valuable way to promote your home. The most popular hardscaping structures are a pergola, garden bench, and walkway.
Other notable hardscaping structures are seating walls and a simple water feature such as a bird bath. Many homeowners also add hardscaping around their mulched areas with natural stone and brick.
Since homeowners and homebuyers have become more aware of their outdoor space as well as the mental and physical health they have reconsidered their landscaping practices. Many are searching for techniques that limit the use of chemicals and promote a healthy environment.
This has led many homeowners to embrace a landscaping technique known as rewilding. According to 22% of HomeLight real estate agents, rewilding is a landscaping technique that is valuable to promoting your home. Rewilding means restoring an area of land to its natural uncultivated state.
In terms of home landscaping, rewilding include restoring native plants in urban, suburban, and rural landscapes in order to reverse habitat loss, support ecosystems, and bring nature back into our daily lives. Using rewilding in landscaping is much different than the clean-cut mulched and manicured yards that have been favored by homebuyers for decades.
A garden that supports rewilding will most likely include wildflowers that are allowed to grow at various heights and follow their natural lifecycle. If you are new to rewilding you can begin with just a small area of your yard or landscaped area. Choose plants that are native to your area.
These plants will thrive in their natural growing region making your garden much easier to maintain. You should also choose plants that are pollinator-friendly. Pollinator-friendly plants attract beneficial creatures such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, etc. to your garden. These pollinators will transfer pollen from flower to flower and help produce even more blooms in your garden.
Wildflowers are particularly beautiful and easy to care for when allowed to thrive and grow unhindered. There are many wildflower seed mixes that are specific to particular regions of the country.
Xeriscaping is becoming a wildly popular landscaping technique in drought-prone areas of the country. This is because xeriscaping minimizes water use while maintaining soil integrity through the use of native, drought-tolerant plants.
Of course, rainfall amounts vary from region to region so that plants that are used in your xeriscaped garden will be native to your area. Dryer regions such as Arizona will require xeriscaping that includes succulents and ocotillo both of which require little to no water.
More humid areas benefit from plants that require more irrigation such as swamp milkweed and black-eyed susans. Moderate climate xeriscaping areas are easily sustained with plants such as coreopsis, lavender, marigolds, lambs ear, sedum, and Russian sage.
In addition to native plants, xeriscaped lawns consist of rock gardens, ornamental grasses, and stone. While the popularity of xeriscaping varies based on the area of the country, it is a growing landscaping trend. Approximately 16% of HomeLight real estate agents believe that xeriscaping is a valuable landscaping technique to promote your home.
If you choose to incorporate any of these techniques into your landscaping you should speak with your real estate agent. He or she can advise you on the landscaping techniques that will appeal to buyers in your area.