Nothing welcomes you home or welcomes potential home buyers like a stunning landscaped yard.  When having the potential to increase your home value by 5% to 15% you want to make sure that you get the best return on your landscaping investment.  The 2018 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features published by the National Association of Realtors states that landscaping maintenance, overall landscape upgrade and standard lawn care services were listed as the top three projects likely to add value to your home for resale.  Another idea to keep in mind is that the U.S. forest service says that mature trees can increase your property value by 20%.  Besides increasing property value, the benefits of trees also contribute to better health, less stress and produce more sociable neighborhoods.  It’s a win-win for everyone.

Softscaping designs.

When planning your softscaping design, we first need to look at your budget.  There are many things you can do to update your landscaping without breaking the bank.  Pruning overgrown trees, adding some colorful flowers in terra cotta pots or flower beds, mulching beds, fertilizing your yard to keep pesky weeds at bay, cleaning gutters and mowing your lawn will surely catch the eye potential buyers or your neighbors.  If it’s in your budget to plant a tree or two, make your selections work for you.  Consider these curb appealing trees to incorporate into your softscaping.

If your budget allows for a more expansive redesign of your softscaping redesign project then you have the means to make bold statements with flowers, color, curved beds, new trees, shrubs and much more. 

Turf Magazine researchers determined that sophistication is a priority when designing your landscaping.  Curved or island beds will create visual interest and it will reduce lawn mowing.  You want to avoid 90-degree angles when designing your softscaped beds.  Straight lines are not natural and disrupt the visual appeal of your landscaping design. 

Let’s consider a few important elements when designing your softscaping.  In the efforts of keeping your softscaping looking beautiful all year remember to consider your climate.  Cold winter months can leave beds looking rough and dry and the heat of the summer months can leave your flowers droopy and in need of deadheading. 

While summer annuals add a pop of color to your softscaping you also want to add perennials.  Perennials, over time, will grow and flourish and create a last beauty to any softscaping without adding much maintenance.  Japanese maples and dwarf conifers will not only enhance your beds by adding depth and contrast, but they are also among the most highly valued trees used in curved and island beds.

The transition into fall and winter may seem daunting for any softscaping project but it can be as easy as planting summer annuals.  Careful planning will allow the flow of your softscaping to be seamless as the seasons change.  By adding colorful mums and hearty shrubs ranging in color from a deep, rich purple to pale green you can brighten up any fall beds.  Barks and berries are also the perfect way to enhance any winter softscaping.  Highly textured bark trees such as birch and dogwood enhance any winter softscaping and crabapple trees keep their fruit all winter.  Evergreens, tall perennial grass or bayberry can also add depth and color to your winter softscaping.  Fall and winter are also great times to fertilize your yard to protect it during the winter months.  This will ensure pests and weeds are kept at bay while your lawn is dormant.  Remember to rake up any dead leaves or debris from your yard and beds during fall and winter months as well.

Evergreen trees are perfect for any softscaping design because they add and natural privacy fence to your yard.  Evergreen trees such as a Douglas fir which has a soft and lush texture, deep green color and can grow as high as 80 feet tall creating an illusion of privacy.  This is a plus in busy neighborhoods and corner lots.

Keeping your curb appeal looking lavish and well maintained during any season will ensure your softscaping projects retain their beauty and keep your home value on the rise.  In competitive buyer’s and seller’s markets, curb appeal will always play a major role in making sure you get the best possible price for your home.