Improving the curb appeal of your property through landscaping is one of the most effective ways to boost the value of your property. Whether you are a landlord, property manager, business owner, or homeowner improving your curb appeal will allow you to differentiate your property from the competition, earn more monthly rent, and demand a higher selling price.
The right landscaping can increase the value of your property by up to 28%, as reported by the Ottawa Citizen, but that is far from guaranteed. To get the best results, you will need to make an investment in your landscape. Here are some tips to help you improve your curb appeal and maximize your investment:
1. Hire a professional
If you want to see a return on your investment you should seek out an experienced professional. Landscaping companies employ garden design teams who are dedicated to producing beautiful, welcoming landscapes to improve property value.
You may have your own vision, but it is always a good idea to at least consult a professional before going ahead. Not everyone shares the same tastes when it comes to landscaping. For residential landscaping following your heart is never a bad thing but for commercial purposes you want to appeal to the widest range of people possible.
2. Regular maintenance
Designing, building, and planting your ideal landscape is one thing, but keeping it looking great is another. Rely on a landscape professional to take regular seasonal care of your property. You will need to invest in regular trimming, pruning, mowing, edging and aerating throughout the year. Without this constant maintenance and care you risk allowing your landscape to fall into disrepair, which could drastically decrease your curb appeal.
3. Coordinate colours
Your landscape professional will use plants, urns, and other landscape features that match and compliment the colours of your property and buildings. Some great plant options to incorporate colour into your landscape design include a variegated plant like a hosta or the iris that features striped leaves year-round and brilliant purple flowers in the spring. For colour that changes with the seasons a blend of annuals and perennials is an effective strategy.
4. Take advantage of Perennials
Perennials, available in a wide variety of types and colours, can be custom-selected for specific growing conditions (dry, sunlight, shade, etc.). Perennials are also inherently heartier than annual plants and tend to out-compete weeds. Also, perennials can definitely be thought of as an investment because they only have to be purchased once, require little to no maintenance and often spread out over time. Savings achieved with perennials can be redirected to other landscaping upgrades.
Garden Grove designs and builds commercial landscape projects that are beautiful, low in maintenance and incorporate local best practices to reduce our footprint on the planet. Our combined design team includes landscape architects, designers and managers with almost 150 years of experience planning and building environmentally responsible commercial, industrial, retail, and condominium projects throughout Southern Ontario.
We believe sustainable landscaping is about protecting and preserving costly and limited resources, reducing waste and unnecessary inputs, and preventing air, water, and soil pollution. Here are some of the ways we are making a difference in designing sustainable commercial landscapes:
- Storm Water Management: We use a variety of options such as bio-swales, rain gardens, and permeable pavers to naturally reintroduce ground water to the soil, reduce run-off into surface water, and naturally filter out harmful herbicides, pesticides, and other pollutants and chemicals.
- Water-Wise Landscapes: We look for ways to reduce the need for artificial water sources by introducing native plant selections suited for the region.
- Energy-Wise Landscapes: We focus on the proper selection and placement of large trees and evergreens to shade and create wind screens, reducing energy costs throughout the year.
- Sustainable Design: We select plants that reduce the need for water, synthetic fertilizers, and excess labor costs to maintain.
- Sustainability Audit: We consider such factors as property size, orientation, growing conditions, existing materials on site, and budgets to develop and manage a landscaping plan that not only reduces our carbon footprint but reduces long-term maintenance cost.
6. Budget appropriately
Don’t hold back on your landscaping budget. A significant landscaping effort will provide big returns by boosting your asking price from potential buyers and generating more interest from tenants and customers.
Everyone wants to live and work in pleasant surroundings inside and out. Landscaping is a crucial element of environmental design and can make a significant contribution in terms of both emotional satisfaction and financial success.