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  • 25
  • May
  • 2016

Increase your curb appeal to add up as much as 10 percent to your home’s value.

Potential home buyers form their first impression of a home from its curb appeal. So, why make a bad impression? A home’s outdoor landscaping is often overlooked or underdone in the preparation for the sales process. An attractive and well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10 percent to the value of your home!

Fortunately, you can put these tips into practice when sprucing up your home’s front garden to help it sell quickly!

Liven up outdoor containers.
Container plants, especially large tropical, can add considerable interest to patios and doorways where potential buyers enter and exit the house. Such displays demonstrate the endless possibilities for designing with container plants.

Touch up the mulch.
Adding a new layer of mulch is an instant way to refresh your garden. The color enhances the contrast of the surrounding plants and makes everything pop! What’s more, mulch is reasonably cheap and easy to apply!

Shape trees and shrubs.
Regardless of the season, it’s always a good idea to tackle any unsightly shrubbery and overgrown trees. The idea is to show how well your garden, as well as your home, has been maintained!

Plant some instant color.
Seasonal color makes the landscape pop as well, and flats of annuals are also relatively inexpensive!

Clean up water features.
Scrub your water fountains and bird baths to get rid of visible algae, remove leaves, and clean filters so that the water is crystal clear!

Take care of irrigation issues.
If you have any problems with an irrigation system, fix them! Even if this cost is expensive, you don’t want to lay the cost of those repairs on the buyer.

Need a little help? Talk to the experts; contact Enhanced Landscape Management. We’ve landscaped properties all over Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and throughout the Conejo Valley and can offer you tips and tricks. We’re here to meet all of your local landscaping needs!

  • 20
  • May
  • 2016

5 (frugal) ways to get your plants and garden ready!

Winter is normally a quiet time in the garden. But now that spring is here, you’ll likely be eager to get caught up in the frenzy of seed-sowing, growing, and nurturing your garden as it comes to life!

The gardening season is upon us and horticulturists are thriving with the thought of blooming flowers and blossoming trees. Fortunately, getting and maintaining a beautiful garden doesn’t require you to break the bank!

To get you started on spring gardening, check out these tips:

  1. Clean your gardening tools: Give your tools a clean! Caring for your garden tools not only helps preserve them, but it also saves you money in the long run and prevents the spread of disease. Sharpening your tools will also improve their performance – they’ll be easier to work with and will give cleaner pruning costs.
  2. Clear up flower beds and borders: Have a general tidy up and remove dead leaves and other debris from your flower borders, lawns, and ponds. If the soil is manageable, dig a 5 cm layer of organic matter such as well-rotted manure, compost or recycled green waste into empty garden borders.
  3. Declare war on weeds: Weeds are only going to get bigger and strong as the growing season continues, so nipping them in the bud (literally) will save you time and expensive herbicides in the months ahead.
  4. Tend to your perennials: Many perennials can benefit from some attention at this time of year. Since these plants can add significant value to your home, consider treating these guys with a little TLC.
  5. Get planting!: Order summer-flowering bulbs (such as lilies, gladiolus, and ranunculus) to plant in spring for a colorful summer display! Check out our guide on how to grow lilies for a colorful and healthy plant!

If you want to have an expert help you start the process so you can enjoy a beautiful garden throughout the year, contact Enhanced Landscape Management. Serving Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and all of the Conejo Valley, we’re experts on planting in our California climate. For all of your landscaping needs, we’re here!