The hot days of summer are once again upon us. Humidity rises, swimming pool waters warm,Â and the airÂ conditioners whirrr.Â Whether inside or poolside, start digging through some landscaping magazines. Improve your yard, improve your home's value.Â
If you have lived in CharlotteÂ NC
, Â you have witnessed the breathtaking
displays of color brought about by Azaela's, Dogwoods, Crepe Myrtles, Tulips, Daffodils, Maples and Poplar Trees...from the ground to the sky, our area offers a burst of magnificent colors every season.
You can create this as well. It's not expensive, and it's not hard. You may actuallyÂ find it to be a good form of therapy! The peace from the yard, andÂ a solid sense of achievement.
Landscaping and planting are great Fall activities in Charlotte NC. The reason
for this is thatÂ if you plant in theÂ Fall,Â the easy Fall weatherÂ and light Winter climateÂ will actually have your plantsÂ growing fine with little or no babysitting. You will reap multiple rewards from your summer's planning. Plant your vegetable gardens in the Spring.
A word of caution: if you plant yourÂ grass, bulbs, shrubs or treesÂ in the Spring (rather that the fall)Â you will be babysitting yourÂ yard all Spring.Â Summer will arriveÂ before you know it and if your plants aren't rooted well, you may lose them to the heat.
Improving your homes curb appeal works for all marketÂ areas...not justÂ our CharlotteÂ real estate market
. If you have bought a home with a dismal yard, or perhaps, new construction with nary a tree, creating a yard is a great way to help improve your homes future marketability-and hence-value. If your home is attractive on the outside (yard included) as well as the inside, it will notÂ sit on the market as long asÂ a home with a bad yard will. Really.Â Â Â
Creating your yard is a three dimensional act.
Jot down a plan on some paper, and play with the plan as though you were arrangingÂ a room in your house. The plants being the furniture: the yard beingÂ the room.
Continue on paper, add some nice detailing in: stepping stones, a place for the grill, where furniture would go.
Start a little notebook of plants that you like. Check out some upscale neighborhood entry ways, and public gardens, local plant nurseries. There is nothing as strong as a visual confirmation on what you had in mind.Â Keep in mind theÂ varying shades of greenÂ trees and shrubs come in Â and how many seasons a plant can perform for you. A lot of theÂ plants in Charlotte can bring you three seasons of color!Â Remember, once planted, these things grow up and out. Space them accordingly. Follow directions.
Curb appeal should not be relegated to just the front yard.
Take photos of your backyard in the morning and in the afternoon. That way, if you are not sure on how a plant will do in your yard,Â you can always discuss its location and adaptability with the local nursery. The clay soil in Charlotte
is rich in minerals and once amended, theÂ things that you can grow hereÂ are almost limitless.Â The time to plant and work on next year's yard improvements is in the Fall.
It takes a weekend to paint a room in your home. This is fine. But, paint for a new buyer
is something they plan on doing anyway. It won't improve your home's future marketability like a good yard will. It takes time to develop your yard. My suggestion...start educating yourselfÂ about landscapingÂ this summer, and start your home's yard this Fall!