Archive for July 2013

Landscaping To Help Boost Your Curb Appeal

Potential home buyers form their first impression of a home from its curb appeal. Yet often a home’s outdoor landscaping is overlooked, or underdone, in the preparation for the sales process. An attractive and well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10 percent to the value of your home.home

Ideally, the time to get started cleaning up your yard is about a month before you plan on showing your house. That should give you enough time to get everything looking just right and not leave the impression that you waited until the last minute to put things in order. Follow these tips for sprucing up your yard to help your home sell quickly.

Spruce up outdoor containers. Container plants, especially large tropical plants, add considerable interest to patios and doorways where would-be buyers enter and exit the house. Such displays also demonstrate the endless possibilities for designing with container plants.

Touch up the mulch. Nothing spruces up a place like a new application of mulch, so apply a fresh layer in all your garden beds. The color enhances the contrast of the surrounding plants and makes everything “pop.” What’s more, mulch is relatively cheap and easy to apply.

Plant some instant color. Seasonal color makes the landscape pop as well, and flats of annuals are also relatively inexpensive. Go for a splash of several colors or a more monochromatic scheme, whatever fits in with the look of your home. This will entice buyers.

Shape unsightly or overgrown trees and shrubs. Regardless of the season, it’s a good idea to tackle any overlooked pruning chores because nothing says “neglect” like a bunch of dead branches. The idea is to show how well not only your house but your garden has been maintained. It’s okay to prune deciduous trees and shrubs any time of the year.

Clean up water features. Get rid of any visible algae, and remove leaves and clean filters so that the water is crystal clear. After all, a water feature that doesn’t look good or function properly can be an instant turnoff.

Take care of any irrigation issues. If there are any problems with an irrigation system, fix them. Irrigation system repairs can be expensive, and you don’t want to lay the cost of those repairs on the buyer.

If you receive sufficient notice that your home is about to be shown, water a half-hour or so before the appointed time. The water reduces the glare of paved surfaces and also sends the message that your plants are well-maintained. You might even consider running your irrigation system just to show that it’s working properly.

Repair faucet leaks. A leaking faucet suggests that there may be other problems elsewhere in the plumbing, and that can be an instant turn-off to buyers.

Power-wash dirty surfaces. Consider buying or renting a power washer to clean paved surfaces. With very little time or effort, you can make grungy, grimy surfaces look brand-spanking new. Power washers also do a great job of cleaning fences, as well as brick and vinyl siding.

If you’re interested in designing a new yard or making some minor updates, Urban Gardens in Baltimore has you covered.

Urban Gardens is located at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit our website or call us at (410) 833-4930.

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A Garden That’s Pet-Friendly

Did you know that it is possible to have both a beautiful garden and a happy dog? Just make sure your landscaping matches your pet’s habits and the aesthetics of your garden won’t suffer. If you are going to bring a dog into the family, make sure you have a flexible plan with your lawn. By having a flexible plan and being aware of common problems dogs can bring to your lawn, it is possible that both your pet and landscape can live in harmony without your pet destroying your yard.Young woman with dog and cat.

Do you have a female dog? If so, you may have noticed some brown spots on your lawn. Female dogs have a large concentration of nitrogen and salt in their urine, and that’s what causes brown spots on your lawn. The best way to remove the brown spots is to flush them out with a  with a garden hose.

If you want to minimize this task, then try to train your dog to do their business in a secluded area.

Animals sometimes trample on your plants as the result of rambunctious behavior. If you have a boisterous dog, make sure you have hardy native species growing well in your lawn so they can thrive in this area. Also, if you notice where your dog likes to run then remove more fragile plants into a different yard.

If you have soft landscaping that tends to get muddy and dirty, your pet will inevitably track it inside. Best way to prevent this is to restrict your dog’s access to muddier areas. Try constructing a landscaping barrier? If you need help with that, you can come to us.

Hardscaping is highly effective since rocks and mulch replace grass and soul.

Maintaining your garden while having a dog is a challenge but a doable one. By properly training your dog and following these tips, your landscape will be impeccable.

If you’re interested in designing a new yard or making some minor updates, Urban Gardens in Baltimore has you covered.

Urban Gardens is located at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit our website or call us at (410) 833-4930.

Check us out on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+.