The right landscaping will increase your curb appeal and market value

The right landscaping will increase your home's market value; so say real estate professionals. You want your home to appeal to as many people as possible. Since first impressions are lasting impressions, it is important to clean, declutter, and depersonalize your yard; not just inside your home.

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Match your landscape to your home's style. Don't install a Japanese garden if your home is a country style. It might lower your home's value.

Avoid sparsely covered granite areas, cast offs on the side of the house or in the back yard, and overgrown vegitation. And be sure to make sure you are weed-free! Ensure your plants compliment each other, and create interest by changing elevations through mounding, boulders, and different height plantings.

Since we live in the desert, make sure you select drought-tolerant plants. A good resource for desert plantings is the Desert Botanical Garden. The hold classes and workshops, have tips on gardening, and hold sales on desert plants for the public.

Trees are also a very important part of your overall landscaping. The right trees can add greatly to curb appeal. Tend towards low maintenance plants, but also make sure you add areas of interest and colors. Make your yard attractive year-round by incorporating a variety of different plants; blooming flowers for spring, annuals for the summer, shrubs with bright colored fall, and evergreen plants for the winter.