Guest Post By Bryn Huntpalmer of Modernize
Increasing and maintaining the value of their Lafayette CA real estate is on every home owner’s mind. When choosing a new home, the first thing you will notice is the exterior. The landscaping is an important part of the initial impression that the home gives. Choosing the right landscaping for your home to improve curb appeal may be the last thing on your mind but it will make a huge difference in the way you feel about your home. If you are selling your home, the landscape enhancement will shape the potential buyer’s initial impression and value of your home.
Enhance the Identity of Your Home
Your house number is the identity of your home, so take pride in your number. Find a creative way to display your house number so it is easily seen by your neighbors. At Modernize we love the idea of adding a few potted plants to your porch or near your curb and painting your house number on the pots. Adding potted plants to your landscape gives your yard a more put-together feel and by adding your house number to the pots it becomes even more unique.
Utilizing your side-yard area will make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your Lafayette CA real estate. This often neglected area along both sides of your home looks barren and uninviting. You will be shocked by the difference planting a few things here will make. The side yard is more visible than you would expect from the front of the house and by adding some large leafy plants or flowers to this area, the landscaping will seem planned and maintained.
Choose drought resistant plants when you can. Nothing looks worse than browning plants and dying grass. Portulaca is an annual plant known for it’s pastel colored blooms, and it is popular among owners of Lafayette CA real estate. It can survive in extreme heat with low levels of water where many other flowers would wither. Another colorful option is Catmint which is ideal for borders. Their high bushes of lavender flowers bloom all summer long and are one to three feet in height. Another fantastic low maintenance option is California Poppy. This plant has vibrant yellow flowers and can grow in all climates and soil conditions. The buds are shaped like bells reaching up towards the sun. These flowers are sure to catch the eye of your neighbors and bloom fully all season long.
Adding window boxes below your windows will also make a huge improvement towards the curb appeal of your home. Fill the boxes with flowers of your choosing and the exterior will go from dull to cheerful. Caring for your plants will bring you joy and encourage your family to spend time outdoors. By adding clean and structured window boxes to your landscape, your home will soon be the bright and joyful place you’ve always dreamed of.
Living with Water Conservation
We’ve been living under strict water restrictions for Lafayette CA real estate, yet there are still unlimited ways to imprint your personality upon your garden. Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping that greatly reduces the need for watering, because it uses xerophytic plants (plants that require less water or that are better at retaining water), and also forgoes thirsty grass for materials like sand, rock, gravel, etc. With xeriscaping, not only will you love the unique, exotic look of your yard, but you’ll feel good about reducing your carbon footprint, too.
Enhancing the curb appeal of your home doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. By adding a few extras into your landscape, you can create a yard that is sure to please. Keep in mind the types of plants that will flourish best in Lafayette and try to incorporate drought resistant varieties to maximize your growing season. Soon your landscape will be the talk of the neighborhood and you will fall in love with your home’s exterior.