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Although we are still mired in winter right now some people are already looking ahead to spring and what they might do to increase the outdoor curb appeal of their home this year in terms of landscaping. This may be especially true for those planning to put their Waterloo Region home on the market for sale this year.
This is all very smart. Everyone knows the importance of making a good first impression. It’s no different when it comes to your home’s curb appeal, which refers to your property’s overall appearance from the street.
To make your home’s “frosting” as appealing as possible, you’ll definitely want to think about planting stunning blooms and making sure your landscaping is well manicured and maintained. Implementing a long-term landscaping plan can help increase your property value when it comes time to sell, whether that time is this coming spring, alter in the year or even several years from now.
Before you start making landscaping plans there are some common landscaping mistakes you should be aware of that should be avoided. When you go to plant, make sure to avoid the below common landscaping mistakes that homeowners make when planting trees and shrubs.
Don’t Introduce Invaders
Avoid planting invasive tree and shrub species, however pretty they might be. Some such species, like bamboo, which has been growing in popularity as an ‘ornamental’ addition to gardens, grow too quickly and actually push out native plants, which does tremendous damage to an area’s biodiversity. For a list of species that are a problem in our area you can check out the Ontario Invasive Plant Council’s website here.
Leave Some Breathing Space
Another no-no is planting too much and too close together. When too many trees and plants are crammed together, the greenery doesn’t have enough space to grow bigger, stronger, or healthier.
While aesthetically this could look good for the first few years, the plants will eventually mature and fight each other for light and nutrients. So, unless you want a property covered in dead leaves and branches, it’s best to save your coins and plant less.
Don’t Get Too Close To Home
When planting anything, you’ll want to make sure you’re not too close to home. Literally. This, professionals warn, is a nightmare in the making. Trees planted too close to the home will, over time, get woody and grow too close, which will bring bugs and moisture inside.
The resulting dampness could actually lead to rot inside your house, and the tree’s big roots could damage your property’s foundation or basement. An experienced home inspector is more than aware of this and some may point out trees that are too close to the property as a detriment on a pre-sale inspection report. If you already have trees that are perhaps a little too close to your home call in a professional landscaper to see what they suggest doing about the situation.
When it comes to planting and maintaining your home’s green exterior, do your research and exercise restraint. While trees and shrubs certainly boost your home’s value and curb appeal, some green mistakes could cost you, especially when it’s time to sell your home.