How much have you considered your home’s landscape? Did you know that in addition to reducing energy costs and boosting your home’s curb appeal, updating your landscaping can improve your home’s value by as much as six percent according to a Clemson University study?
With cooler weather upon us, now is the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and get to work, but taking on a landscape can be a daunting task. Consider the overall look you want long-term, but start small with one bed or area of the yard that will have a quick impact, and then build upon that. The basic rule of thumb is “right plant, right place,” meaning, if you accommodate a plant’s propensity for sunlight, water and soil type, it will thrive and require less maintenance. Consider planting with native species and drought-tolerant plants to also keep maintenance costs down.
Your local university Cooperative Extension office can give you great ideas on plants that thrive in the area. Pinterest has many beautiful visuals for inspiration, and staff at local nurseries are also a wealth of knowledge. You can also hire a professional for guidance or to fully complete the project.