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How Can Your Garden Add Value to Your Property?

Spring has come, and now is the best time to get your garden looking its best, especially if you’re planning to sell your house. Gardens are a key factor in house decisions when moving, so if your back yard is feeling sorry for itself, so will your property story. Did you know that a well-maintained garden can add 20% to your property’s value? For the UK average, that’s an extra £60,000, so what have you got to lose? Make the most of your garden and get it looking trimmed and tended for.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are our tips…

The lawn.
– Fertilise it – Frazzled looking grass won’t impress anyone so it would be a serious investment to get seasonal fertilisers during the spring and autumn to keep it healthy, thick and green.
– Cut it¬ – Like the hair that grows on your head, grass needs regular cutting to keep it strong and tame. Take the lawnmower over it every dry weekend during the summer and watch it strengthen.
– Trim it – You know those massive scissor-looking things you have hidden away in the shed? They’re not just for display. Taking the edging shears around the perimeter of your lawn will keep it looking neat and tidy, whereas if you leave it to hang over flower beds, the only impression you’ll be giving off is scruffy.
– Mend it – Over 12 million households now own a dog, so it’s hardly surprising that many of us have burnt, yellow patches on our lawns where our pooches have relieved themselves. But it’s not the chemical of your dog’s urine that kills the grass, just the quantity in such a small space, which means there’s an easy way to handle it.
1) Begin by raking up the dead grass, taking away any of the drained and brittle blades.
2) Poke small holes into the soil with a gardening fork and plant new seeds, making sure to step and press on the patch to firm up the earth again.
3) Water the new seeds every day for the first two weeks until you see the tips of new blades of grass emerge.
4) Keep an eye on your dog while they are in the back garden. When you see them urinate, pour a bowl of water over the exact same spot – this will dilute the urine, balance out its pH, therefore preventing high concentration from killing more grass.

Tackling trees.
Dead trees are not only a waste of good space, but they are dangerous if limbs start falling off. Check your trees are healthy yourself with these quick and easy steps…
– Observation test ¬– Examine your tree. Can you spot any open wounds, fungus, or cracks? This is a sign of decay and rot, meaning your tree is already dead or quickly dying.
– Bare Branch Test – Examine your tree’s branches. Are they bare while surrounding trees are heavy with the new season’s leaves? Disease has taken over and the tree needs removing.
– Snap Test – Snap a twig or a branch off your tree. If the branch is green underneath the thin layer of bark, your tree is still healthy and needs no attention. However, if it is brown, this is a sign that the tree is dead and needs removing.
– Scratch Test – If you are unable to reach any branches, simply scratch away a small area of the trunk’s bark. And remember to differentiate between the colours: green is good, brown is bad.

Privacy and patios.
Privacy is a big thing for home buyers – no one wants to share their quiet, Saturday afternoon with the nosy old lady next door. Make sure you have prepared a significant border to your garden, whether that be with a high fence or tall plants. If you go with the fence, chose a modern style with a paler shade, because a darker wood will make the garden feel enclosed.

Another thing that can make or break your garden, is your patio. If it’s dirty, it will look old and worn, so try using a pressure washer against your greying slabs to get to the original colour underneath the grime. Also, make sure there are no uneven slabs; it won’t impress anybody if a wonky slate trips up a potential buyer.

Finishing touches.
Now the big things are out the way, you can focus on the smaller details. Here are the more important factors to take care of…
– Colour – Plant plenty of flowers in your flower beds and try to get a wide range of colours. The more colour there is, the bigger the garden will feel because there is more to look at. But keep it simple with smaller plants, otherwise viewers may be put-off by believing the garden is too fussy and will require a lot of work to maintain.
– Sun movements – Make a note of where in your garden gets the most sun. If your viewers are keen gardeners they will want to know facts like that, and being able to give them that useful information will only work in your favour.
– Water features – The sound of rushing water not only creates a relaxing environment, but it will also filter out noises from surrounding houses, such as dogs barking or windchimes.
– Shed – Sheds are becoming increasingly popular, but for the use of an outhouse or storage rather than work or craft sheds. If you have one, try and incorporate it with the rest of the garden so that it blends into the background, all the while keeping it clean and free of cobwebs.

Now you have the first steps to creating a garden worthy of praise, see how much you can do before your visits.

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