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Lawns and Landscapes
Existing home prices across the U.S. have dropped by approximately 11 percent in the last 12 months3. Talk about an incentive to find opportunities to improve your home's value. And such opportunity is right outside your window.
Numerous research studies indicate a manicured and maintained lawn adds to property value and positively influences potential home buyers. Research conducted by Virginia Tech University, concluded that a landscape upgrade from average to excellent increases a home value by 10 percent to 12 percent, while Money Magazine noted that "attractively landscaping your yard can be one of the most cost-effective ways to boost your home's curb appeal."
Maintaining your lawn and creating attractive landscapes does take effort, but it's not as hard as it may seem. Before starting the outside work, learn about the growing region in which you live, which will help you select appropriate plants and prepare the soil for optimum growth. Fertilizers help create the most desirable environment for a plant to grow and help maintain plant health throughout its growing cycle, while pesticides remove the competition of weeds and the damage of insects.
Garden guru Cathie Lavis says maintaining your lawn also helps control unwanted pests. "When faced with a lawn or garden problem, such as weeds, insects or disease, it's important to address the condition and find out why there is a problem in the first place. If conditions are not attended to then any treatment, whether it's cultural or chemical, will work only short term."
Consider this advice from Cathie to keep your outdoor space on the right track.
Cathie's tips for creating a beautiful lawn and garden
3National Association of Realtors. U.S. Economic Outlook. November 2009.
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