There’s talk in real estate circles that homebuyers who get into the market after we’re released from “self-isolation” will have an entirely different wish list than those who bought homes before the pandemic.
This makes sense when you consider that we’ve never spent so much time in our homes as we have over the past few months.
Look for home offices to be on many homebuyer wish lists. Outdoor spaces, however, will be hot sellers as well.
How’s your backyard looking? If you’re planning on selling or even if you are not, take a good long look and get to work on some projects to make your home stand out when we get back to normal.
1. Start with a clean slate
Summer is firmly in the rearview mirror. If your front and backyards still show summer’s scars, it’s time to get that remedied.
Get rid of all the debris that summer deposited in your yard. Remove dead and broken branches, rubbish, leaves and any other debris.
Although we love autumn, we don’t care for the weeds it brings. Weeding should be next on the list.
Pruning dead or dying branches from trees and shrubs will not only make them look better but make them healthier as well.
Tip: Disinfect your pruning equipment before using. Give it a 5-minute soak in a disinfectant. Rinse with water and allow to air-dry.
2. Turn your attention to the hardscaping
Hardscaping refers to the non-living elements in your landscape. This includes pottery, benches, water features, pavers, arbors and fencing.
Consider painting the fence if it needs it. Darker colors are better, according to Darin Bradbury, a landscape designer.
“Not only does the dark color give those vertical surfaces around the garden a uniform finish, but it creates the perfect backdrop for all that green foliage,” Bradbury tells Georgia Madden with Houzz Australia.
3. Add new plants
While the gardening centers at the big home improvement stores remain open during the pandemic, it’s a good idea to shop over the phone or online right now.
There are many plant retailers offeringcall & coolect, online or phone ordering and we’ve rounded up several for you: Garden Grove, Newmans Nursery, Virginia Nursery, Vadoulis Garden Centre, Prospect Home & Garden,
Landscaping professionals suggest that we should choose a theme before planting. The theme can be based on color, scent, pollinators (such as butterflies) or choose from some of the popular gardening themes:
Sticking to a theme helps prevent the space from looking too “chaotic and disconnected,” landscape designer Wayne De Klijn tells Madden.
“The right plant for the right space” is an old gardening adage that describes one of the most important secrets to gardening success.
Before purchasing plants, observe the landscape for a few days. Where is it sunny all day, shady all day, partially sunny? Choose your plants based on the existing conditions in your garden and you should have far fewer problems.
4. Mulch – the workhorse of the landscape
Mulch offers so much to your garden. It’s ornamental, it helps suppress weeds, it keeps the soil cooler in the summer, it helps the soil conserve moisture and, if it’s organic, it breaks down, adding nutrients back into the soil.
Choose whichever type of mulch you like and spread at least 5 cms of it over the soil, ensure you don’t cover the smaller plants though.
5. Spruce up outdoor furniture
Since we are all supposed to be staying home, running out to buy a new patio furniture set may not work right now. Hopefully, with a little DIY action, you can spruce up what you have.
If your outdoor furniture is made of wood, follow the instructions you’ll find online at YouTube.com. Ideas for updating other types of patio furniture can be found at Better Homes & Garden and BobVila.com.
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