Whether you live in Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley or other surrounding counties, curb appeal important. A beautiful and functional landscape makes your house more appealing and will increase its value. Remember, your outdoor areas are an extension of your home.
Start Up Front
If you’re wondering where to start a landscape transformation, look no farther than your front yard. It’s the first thing that you see driving up to your house, and you can wow guests before they even enter your home.
Do all of your hardscaping projects before you set out any plants. Hardscaping can include a porch, sidewalk, driveway, parking areas, decks, fencing, patios and arbor..
Plant Next to Your House
Your foundation planting should embrace your house and not cover it. Low-growing shrubs or ground cover should be planted in front of low windows and porches. Larger rounded shrubs or small trees work well planted on the corners of your home.
Move to the Back
Your backyard should be an outdoor living area to enjoy. If you need privacy, install wooden fencing or large shrubs around the perimeter to create walls. Decks and patios make great sitting or dining areas when the weather’s appropriate and they create a nice overflow for guests during parties.
Adding containers, hanging baskets and window boxes is a great way to incorporate a little more color into a landscape. A large planter or grouping of containers placed by your front door will create an inviting entrance. If you have several planters use a common plant or color in each of them for repetition and continuity. Too many colors combined together can become chaotic looking.
To keep a beautiful landscape it must be maintained. Keep new plantings watered and mulched. Your outdoor areas should be an extension of your home. A beautiful and functional landscape makes your house more appealing and will increase its value.