The definition of landscaping is:
‘the process of making a garden or other piece of land more attractive by altering the existing design, adding ornamental features, and planting trees and shrubs.’
So when we talk about landscaping it’s not only about creating a gorgeous garden, it’s about re-imagining a space.
Landscaping can mean anything from transforming a plot into something low-maintenance, to creating formal gardens and acres of manicured lawns.
A beautiful garden will of course sell a house but equally so will a well-thought out garden with space to enjoy the sun on a warm day.
Will landscaping increase the value of my house?
According to the Post Office, landscaping is one way to increase the value of your property without having to splurge too much cash.
Compared to a new kitchen or a basement conversion for example, sprucing up the area around your house is relatively cheap and yet it can literally add thousands of pounds to the value of the home.
And in the current Covid-19 pandemic one of the most desirable assets has been a garden.
According to recently released figures from property rental app, Movebubble, fears of the second spike of Covid-19 have seen a growing appetite for properties with a garden – with searches rising 193 per cent.
So if you are thinking of selling and wish to maximise your profits then it’s time to get your garden into shape.
Here’s how to create a stand-out garden space.
How to landscape your garden
Do your research. Get inspired by visiting garden centres, public gardens, annual garden shows, even other people’s houses to get a feel of what is to your taste. Take into account your garden size and think about what you need your garden to do for you. Do you need a space for entertaining? A children’s play area? A swimming pool?
The best time for a redesign is actually in winter when plants are dormant and you have more of an idea of the space. It’s a really good time to add more surfaces like pathways and patios.
Choose your garden style
Decide on which hard landscaping style you love. Are you into rustic charm or sleek and contemporary? Hard landscaping usually lends itself to the minimalist and modern. Think smooth dark granite surfaces enhanced by ultra modern outdoor furniture.
Choose hard landscaping materials for durability
Hardwearing and easy-to-maintain stone should be key to your landscaping project.
Opt for colours and designs of stone that complement your home and design style. Earthy greys, deep honey browns and rustic dull reds suit both period and new houses. You can also link indoor and outdoor spaces with similar kinds of materials to create a coherent look.
Patio paving is available in everything from limestone to popular sandstone. Decking is another popular option and while not as durable as stone can still look good for years to come if maintained with a regular pressure wash. Granite setts can also make an impact, especially for the driveway of your home.
Make space for entertaining
One way of adding value to your home is by adding a paved patio. This is the perfect way to create a seperate alfresco ‘room’ to enjoy when the weather is good. Add a table and chairs for outdoor dining in summer.
Bring in quirky features
Create areas around the garden based around a cool feature. For example lay stepping stones leading to a shepherd’s hut or an outdoor office. Or with a few basic skills and a bit of creativity, you can easily design and build your own DIY fire pit. It’s extra features like this that can really make your home stand out when it comes around to selling.
Create a garden
One of the simplest ways to transform your outdoor space, is to invest in landscaping based around your plants. A good selection of flowers, trees and shrubs will create year round interest. Even if buyers are looking for something more low maintenance, some pretty pots of plants on the patio will add to the garden’s allure.
Blow the budget
Install a swimming pool. For sheer luxury you can’t beat an outdoor pool, with natural stone surrounds and lots of foliage.