Landscaping Trends That Increase the Value of Your Home

First impressions are everything when you're selling your home. Potential buyers will never see your beautifully decorated living room or renovated kitchen if the landscape scares them off. Curb appeal and trendy landscaping are just as important as interior design. 

Some landscape features can actually increase the asking price of your house. Here are some of the best landscaping trends for increasing the value of your home.

Healthy lawn = healthy property value

Slacking on lawn care could be disastrous for your home's property value. A dead or dying lawn is the quickest way to show a potential home buyer that you possibly don't care about maintaining your property, outside and in.   A thick and healthy lawn, on the other hand, will pay you back several times over for the work and money you put into it. Research data from real estate agents shows basic lawn care (such as regular mowing, fertilization, weeding, and pest control) offers up to 352% return on investment (ROI).

Mulch is a must


Nothing spruces up a plant bed like a fresh layer of mulch. Mulch instantly makes your landscape look well-put-together. It also makes your plants healthier and keeps weeds at bay. It's also one of the easiest and most affordable ways to take your landscape to the next level.   Like any other part of a landscape, you have to maintain mulch to keep it looking fresh. Over time, mulch will mix with dirt and decompose into the soil. It's a good idea to lay a fresh layer of mulch before you put your house on the market.   The same study that found proper lawn care has a high ROI also found adding fresh mulch to your plant beds has an ROI of up to 126%.

Colorful plants

Colors that pop out at you are more memorable than plain plant beds. Choose plants with bright blooms and flashy foliage for your garden and containers to impress potential buyers. It's best to arrange shrubs, flowers, and ornamental trees so they fill all the empty space in your plant beds. You don't want the design to look unfinished or bare. Don't have enough space for a garden? Frame the entryway with showy potted plants to boost curb appeal.

Extend your living space outdoors


Homeowners and new home buyers are willing to invest in features like patios, outdoor kitchens, firepits, and all-season decks now more than ever. Everyone wants a rejuvenating outdoor space at home.  Installing an outdoor living space in the backyard is like adding another room to your home. This project could be as simple as spending one weekend and a thousand dollars or so on a DIY patio with a table and chairs. If it's done well, even an inexpensive DIY outdoor living space can significantly increase property value and make your home more attractive.  

Perk up your landscape with a pergola

Pergolas are more popular than ever. You can find DIY kits online or at the hardware store, and many professional contractors offer custom-built versions. These freestanding structures with no walls and open slats for a roof offer you shade and privacy without blocking out the sun. You can dress up your pergola with sheer drapes or vines and ivy.

Install an automatic sprinkler system


Automatic sprinklers are especially valuable in the West and Southwest. During long periods of drought, do you feel like going out in the baking heat to water your grass and plants by hand? Neither do the people looking to buy a new home. That's why they're willing to pay more for a house that comes with an automatic sprinkler system.   The landscaping trends that increase the value of your home also help you enjoy your yard more while you're living there. Who knows? You may fall in love with your home all over again and decide to stay put.   


About the author: Tyler Campbell started mowing lawns in Aurora as a teenager to put himself through college. After getting his degree in landscape architecture, he now designs landscapes, but his favorite part is getting down to grass tacks and mowing the grass