Landscaping to Increase Home Value

istock_000001263068smallIf you aren’t trying to move tomorrow, consider investing in your landscape. You’ll get to enjoy it while you live there and increase the value of your home in the long run. Unlike other home improvements, a nice landscape not only increases the quality of life for the homeowner but also increases in value over time. Most potential buyers are looking for a usable yard; and a well-planned outdoor area can even add to a home’s living space. This is especially the case if a potential buyer has children, pets, loves the outdoors or likes to entertain.

Good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a home!

According to an article on, John Harris, landscape economist reports that good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a home! He also says it can cut the time on the market by 10%-15%. When you are ready to sell, landscaping is one of the first things a potential buyer will notice. A good first impression goes a long way – with many buyers making up their mind about a property in just a few seconds.

Three properly placed trees can save you $100- $250 per year in energy costs.

shutterstock_178426913When you start with a new landscape, you’ll first want to consider the trees you would like to add (or keep!) According to the U.S. Department of Energy, just three properly placed trees can save you $100- $250 per year in energy costs! Planting windbreaks and shade trees can significantly reduce heating and air conditioning bills. You can determine the value of a planted tree with the National Tree Benefit Calculator online. The calculator looks at your zip code and examines how it will affect property values, stormwater, energy savings and CO2 reduction. In addition to the financial benefit, a variety of studies have shown that gardening and caring for plants successfully reduce stress and improve mental well being. Don’t forget to consider evergreen hedges or screens to block out unsightly areas or to increase privacy in the backyard.

shutterstock_113810035 resizedOnce your trees are set, start filling in your landscape with shrubs being sure to give extra attention to the homes foundation. Shrubs provide color and texture in the landscape as well as create a nice backdrop for blooming perennials and annuals. The can also hide unattractive parts of your home or yard such as electrical boxes and other hardware. Be sure to leave enough space to access these items for future maintenance or repairs.

Professional Advice is Invaluable!

For DIY-ers, stop by Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden and ask our professionals which plants would do best in your landscape. Be sure to let them know some key information. How much sun each area will get is critical. Also, let them know whether or not deer and rabbits are a problem. Getting free professional advice before you plant can avoid many common problems and save you the time and expense of having to re-plant items unsuitable for your location. At our garden center you’ll also have the advantage of a tremendous selection including hard to find varieties and large, established specimens for instant gratification. We have the area’s best selection of trees & shrubs so you’ll have plenty to choose from!

shutterstock_190624709When doing it yourself keep in mind that we have professional designers who know the plants and can make suggestions about color combinations, textures, and other design principles when putting your landscaped yard together. At Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden the guidance is a free service if you are doing the work yourself and stop into the garden center. We also offer on-site consultations, as well as landscape design & installation services for a fee if you don’t have the time, inclination, or energy to do it yourself. Hiring a professional designer can save money in the long run. They will ensure plants are placed properly and will be happy and thriving for the long haul. Contact a landscape designer today.