Landscaping Mistakes That Hurt the Value of Your Home

Anyone who has ever bought or sold a house knows the importance of curb appeal in determining its market value. Realtors know the importance of first impressions which is why they make sure a house is looking its best before showing it to prospective buyers. Several elements go into the curb appeal, but none are as important as landscaping.

Real estate professionals will tell you that a great landscape design can increase the value of a property by 20%. On the other hand, bad landscaping can reduce the value. Even if you are not selling your house, the first impression that the landscape design creates will affect people’s perceptions about the interiors of the house and its occupants.

How a landscape is designed depends on the artistic sensibilities of the homeowner and the creative skills of the landscape designer, but some landscaping mistakes can have a significant impact on the selling price of the house and on the impression people get of the occupants.

  • Creating a landscape in bits and pieces will result in a disjointed design and the landscape will have no continuity; this will hurt the market value.
  • Landscaping is not a “fit and forget” project. Maintenance is required to keep it at its best and if that is not done,the negative impact will become apparent immediately.
  • Potential drainage and storm water problems are not only things a savvy buyer will look into but these could be the cause of major issues for you when you are living in the house.
  • Trees are always nice because of the beauty and shade they offer. But too many of them will make an open area claustrophobic and dark.
  • Damaged or unkempt patios are both ugly to look at and a potential source of accidents and injuries.
  • Water features like koi ponds can enhance the appeal of a landscape, but they require a great deal of maintenance to look their best.
  • Unplanned irrigation can leave some areas of the yard dry and arid and other areas soggy and muddy. Neither the occupants nor the buyers will want to spend time there.
  • Lighting is a key factor in landscaping. The lighting, to be effective, must be an integral part of the design.

These are just a few of the landscaping mistakes that can affect the curb appeal of a house.

Your home should have the landscape design you want. Only a professional landscape designer will be able to take your concepts and turn them into the reality that will give your home the look and feel you desire. Trying to do the design yourself will never produce the same results because there is so much technical knowledge that goes into the design – the type of soil, the climate, the need for irrigation, the maintenance requirements, etc. all have to be considered.

Overlooking or not having the skills to deal with any of the many factors that are required for the right landscape will leave the exterior of the home looking a lot less appealing. If you are planning on selling your home, asking a landscape designer to improve the look of the exterior is essential. If you are not planning on selling, great landscaping will make the home a very  pleasant place to live in. DIY efforts will never produce the same results as a landscaping expert.

Landscaping Concepts that Endure

Landscaping and garden trends come and go just as those in everything else in life. In the recent past gardens were minimalistic and now the trend appears to be towards a more natural look and feel, using natural materials and focusing on outdoor living areas.


Variety and change in a garden do help to prevent the setting in of staleness. However, changing the landscape frequently just to keep up with trends requires both deep pockets as well as the ability to devote large amounts of time to following, planning and implementing those changes.

If trends do not appeal to you, here are some landscaping concepts that never go out of style: they will enable you to enjoy evergreen charm.


Outdoor living areas


An outdoor living area is a space out in the open; you can find it as a recreation spot for fun and entertainment. It can be a completely standalone in the garden; or it may be an extension of the indoor areas, as in the case of a dining patio onto which the kitchen opens.


Outdoor living spaces enable the family to spend more time out in the fresh air and sun, with all the associated health benefits. The space can be designed to suit your specific needs – with barbeque, furniture, fireplace, or anything else for greater comfort and better functionality.


Sustainable landscaping


Sustainable landscaping is an integral part of environmentally friendly landscaping. Not only will this help you protect the environment, it will save you money and time as well. For example, a smart irrigation system will go beyond the standard rain sensors, which are so common now.


These types of systems can integrate automatically with weather information to apply exactly the amount of water the garden needs, with no manual inputs from you. If you prefer to be more hands-on, you can manage the irrigation system from your phone. Several smart technology options are available for you to consider. Talk to an experienced landscaping company for ideas on what you can do.


Edible garden


An edible garden will never go out of style. It is not just a matter of being able to grow your own fruits, vegetables and herbs, or of saving on green grocery bills. Edible plants can make a very attractive addition to your landscape. They are also a good option to fill up empty spaces and reduce the extent of water-intensive lawn space.


Nature scaping


Nature scaping is the use of designs and materials that blend into the natural environment. It could involve the use of native plants or shrubs, or the use of designs that serve to help blending into the landscape of artificial structures like sheds or pergolas.  It could also use little or no pesticides and fertilizers. The aim is to create a space that is natural looking and welcoming to native birds and pollinators.


who prefer permanence to change, consult a landscaping professional on creating a garden that will give you what you love but will never ever become stale.

Source : http://blog.doolinglandscapeservice.com/2017/12/landscaping-concepts-that-endure.html