With Spring 2021 right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning new landscape ideas to give your Jacksonville yard (and home) it’s much needed curb appeal. According to a Virginia Tech study, landscaping can give a 15 percent increase in home value. That means an increase of $45,000 on a $300,000 home! If you’re in need of new planting or an entire make-over, we’ve got a few tips that are guaranteed to refresh your Jacksonville yard and increase your home’s value.
Determine What Needs to Be Done
Do you have any fallen trees from this past hurricane season? Do you need to have your grass resod after the winter freeze? Have your flower beds turned into a pile of weeds? Yard renovations can encompass everything from quick shopping trips for new flowers to calling local tree cutters for fallen trees. Increasing your home’s value by improving landscaping doesn’t have to break the bank. Sometimes, adding vibrant flowers and trimming bushes is enough to turn a drabby yard into the neighborhood eye catcher.
Know Which Plants Are in Season
Jacksonville’s last frost dates are March 11-20, meaning this is the average date in spring that killing frost may happen. In February, it’s recommended to plant annual flowers that are hardy enough to take occasional cool snaps. Popular annuals include pansies, petunias, and snapdragons. These flowers are widely available at retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s, but consider shopping local this season! Many local businesses are struggling from the economic cost of the pandemic, so shopping at local nurseries is a great way to help your community.
Find Your Focal Point
After determining what your favorite seasonals plants are, now it’s time to determine where you want them in your yard and what you want to accentuate. Keep in mind while purchasing, it’s important to look for plants that will do well in certain parts of your yard – full sun or half shade. Additionally, finding a focal point is important to avoid overcrowding and aimless planting. Potential buyers perceive your yard as a reflection of your home; if your yard is neat, clean, and uniform, then it’s assumed that the upkeep of your home will follow. Typically, it’s recommended to find the natural focal point- most often this becomes the front door. Be on the lookout for hanging flower baskets or unique pots to emphasize your front porch.
Have Fun With It
Gardening has many perks and can be a relaxing afternoon hobby. Preparing to put a house on the market can be stressful, so use this renovation process to your advantage! Psychology Today states that gardening is able to reduce stress and improve your mood, which can lead to a reduction of depression and anxiety symptoms. Not only is landscaping good for your mental health, it is also good for your physical health. On average, gardening, pulling weeds, and planting flowers can burn an estimated 200-400 calories per hour. Most importantly, have fun with it!
If you’re in the market to move or refinance, the Future Home Loans team is here to help! We have access to hundreds of loan options, ensuring you get the absolute best deal on your new Jacksonville mortgage. Contact us today. Happy landscaping!