Spruce Up Your Landscaping this Spring

Improving your landscaping is a great way to improve the appearance your home. Doing just a few things to spruce up your yard can increase curb appeal and in some cases, speed up the process of selling your home at the Lake of the Ozarks. First impressions are a big deal, and if potential buyers like the way the outside of your house looks, they will often be more likely to make an appointment for a showing. Even if you are not trying to sell your Lake of the Ozarks real estate, Spring is a great time to give your landscaping some extra attention! You do not have to be a professional to improve your landscaping. eXp Realty has some great landscape improvement tips for all the DIY people.

Climate Matters!
Landscaping isn’t terribly difficult, but there should be some planning involved. You may think you can just go to your local farm and garden store and pick whatever you think will look nice, but that is not how you should approach your landscape. Your geographic region plays a big part in what kind of plants you should purchase for your yard. Pick plants that will thrive in your climate. You should also keep in mind how much sun each plant needs. Some plants need more sun, and some plants need less. Pay attention to how much sun various parts of yard get and plan your plant placement accordingly.

Plan for Plant Growth
When you select plants for your landscaping, consider how big each plant is going to get. This will help determine the final layout of your landscaping. When you purchase your plants, the tag should have the estimated height and growth. Be sure to space your plants out enough for them to grow to their estimated height and width. Your plants will not thrive if you do not give them enough room to grow.

Plan for Necessary Maintenance
Before you decide what plants to get, keep in mind what kind of maintenance they are going to need. If you are planning to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, you should think about this for two reasons. The first reason is, you want your yard to look great all the time because you will hopefully be having a lot of showings at your home. Make sure you have the time to keep up with the landscaping you choose, after all, you will spend a lot of time putting it together! The second reason you should keep maintenance in mind is for your potential buyers. You may have a green thumb and love the idea of keeping up with your yard all Spring and Summer, but your buyers may not be. If they see a lot of upkeep they will have to do in the yard, it could turn them away. The easy fix to this problem is to choose plants that are low-maintenance.

Plan Ahead If Possible 
If you haven’t done much landscaping, you may not know that most plants have suggested times of year to be put into the ground. If you want your landscaping to thrive for more than just one year, planting your plants at the correct time of year can help with that. If you didn’t plan, that’s okay! Just figure out what plants will do best when planted in the Spring.

Find Inspiration
If you haven’t done much landscaping, you may not know where to begin. Start by getting some ideas from a variety of resources. Pinterest, landscaping magazines, your neighbor’s yard, or going to your local farm and garden stores are a great place to start. Get some inspiration from all your resources and then make a beautiful landscape plan of your own!

Don’t stress about your Spring landscaping, relax and have fun with it! Landscaping is a great way to get outside and enjoy the outdoors as the weather gets warmer. Not only is Spring a great time to spruce up your landscaping but it is also the perfect time to list your Lake of the Ozarks property. There will be a lot of people looking for property this Spring, so when you are ready to sell your Lake of the Ozarks house, contact the Lake of the Ozarks #1 Real Estate Team, eXp realty!

2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766



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