Landscaping a Way Towards Great Curb Appeal :
First impressions really count when it come to selling a home. If
your yard is a mess or overloaded with plants, a buyer might be
turned off by all the work he sees in store for him. The great thing
about learning some key elements of landscaping is that you can
apply them to a home that you are just settling into, as well as one
you are about to sell.
Instead of trying to keep up with master gardeners, present a clean,
green impression, rather than a mini-arboretum. The decluttered
impression that you want for the inside, should also apply to the
outside. Not that you should tear down all your hard work from a
spectacular garden; just be sure to have it freshly pruned, trimmed
and weeded for buyers, so they don't feel like they have to have a
green thumb if they want to buy your home.
Select your plants according to how much sun and water they need.
Then, focus on buying plants that are native to Oregon and require
minimal work. If it is Spring or Summer, make sure you have a few
color spots with some colorful annuals. The plants you pick should
attract the eyes to the house with their complimentary shades. For
example, forest green trim on a house is complimented by shrubs with
yellow leaves, and homes with neutral features can always use a few
splashes of dramatic color in their landscaping.
When you go to the nursery take a picture of the front of your house
with you. Have the garden professionals suggest colors and varieties
that will work best for your home. They can also suggest which kind
of mulch you should use. The colors of these can also add a lovely
contrast of color.
Place plants where they can create depth for your house. If your
house is basic in design, plant a few exotic plants to break up the
lines. Likewise, a house with a modern exterior can be dressed down
for the conservative eye with neatly trimmed hedges and simple
splashes of annuals.
Large decorative pots with many shades of flowers are simple yet
effective. While it catches the buyer’s eye it also implies
impermanence for those that want to do their own thing. Focus on
complimentary colors, hearty plants and as neat of an exterior as
possible, so buyers and visitors will see your house as a breath of
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