Selling Your Home? Here’s a Quick Way to Upgrade Your Landscaping! Pinole Real Estate Agent Shares Her Secrets
Do you have a CONNECT THE DOTS landscape?
Stand in front of your house in the street and look at your front yard. Do your eyes jump from plant to plant or pot to pot, or tree to tree? Especially when you are selling your home you want prospective buyers to have an immediate, intuitively positive experience. The buyer eyes should see a cohesive picture of your home married to your landscape. The reaction might be peaceful, exciting, or interesting, but definitely not a bobbing head looking here, there, and everywhere.
Whether you like symmetrical landscapes or free flowing ones, you want to strive for a rhythmic, pleasing-to-the-eye first impression of your yard.
When planning a symmetrical landscape you want to have identical items and plants placed strategically in the yard. It’s best to put these items relatively close to each other. I have been working on a house that has a yellow daisy planted at each end of a wide front yard. The effect is disruptive as it breaks the yard apart. They will be much more appealing if put into identical pots and placed 10 to 20 feet apart. To offset the stiffness of symmetry, place an accessory such as a bird bath or a large pot, or a stunning specimen plant in a pleasing place. Always move items around and stand back to see where it fits best. Don’t be afraid to dig up a plant if it does not look good or grow well in a particular place.
If you must plant the annuals sold in certain seasons such as primroses or cyclamen at Christmas, avoid planting them in a straight line 5 inches apart. Instead, mass them in particular spots – even numbers, if symmetry is desired, or strategically if in a free flowing landscape. Planting these kinds of color packs in pots is desirable also. Since for the most part they are short lived, don’t be afraid to really crowd the pot to overflowing or planting close together in the ground. Small pots should be grouped together; avoid using plastic pots and especially re-pot plants that come in the 1 gallon or 5 gallon black plastic. These pots look cheap and tacky.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to enhance the flow of your plantings is to mulch with woods chips. You can easily get them for free. Not only do they complete your planting, they eventually become valuable compost and enrich the soil. They warm the soil when it’s cold and cool the soil when it’s hot. Call the tree companies in your area and ask for a load. Wood chips do not have the capacity to spread disease so use them freely. They especially help visually connect young plantings until they can mature and fill in empty spots.