We’ve all been there – its tempting to give into the cheap landscape curbing that’s calling your name. Its all curled up, so nice and tight, sitting on the shelf like a good little piece of coiled black plastic. Especially with it’s darling little price tag hanging from the shelf. It doesn’t want you to know that once you cut those zip ties, it just goes down from there. Once you manage to wrangle it into some sort of manageable form and get it lined up in your yard, there’s no guarantee that it will last. And that cute little price tag becomes a glaring realization that all of those pennies just went down the drain. Especially when it gets near one of it’s biggest enemies like:
This year we were excited to introduce Belgium Block to our landscape curbing options. Because you may not know what makes this product so unique, we’ve compared Belgium Block to other types of landscape curbing.
Benefits of Custom Landscape Curbing
Custom Landscape Curbing can not only add a very distinct detail to your home or business’ landscape, but also provide an effective root barrier for your grass or sod. Curbing also helps to reduce time spent on edging and trimming your lawn. We also confident that this will not only enhance the look of your property, but also increase its value.
What makes our Belgium Block curbing great is its mixture of colors. With this custom curbing, up to 6 colors can be mixed to complete the perfect stone look to match your exterior. Our Belgium Block curbing also offers much more texture that creates a very natural stone look. Other landscape curbing designs will only provide a very flat and solid color.
Further benefits of custom curbing used for landscape edging include:
-Edging preserves gardens and flowers, creating a barrier to keep out weeds and unwanted grass.
-Edging also preserves and shapes mulch or rock around trees and other landscape.
-Landscape edging helps retain water to keep soil healthy and help plants and trees hold moisture longer.
At Olympic Lawn & Landscape, we look forward to finding the perfect match for your custom landscape curbing. Call today about our Belgium Block Curbing and our 10% off special through May 1st! 816-875-9296
It’s common knowledge that a well-cared for lawn and professional landscaping makes a home look nice, and increases curb appeal. But while tress, flowers and curbing have been an extra touch for homes, not until the 2011 Husqvarna Global Gardening Report were they considered extreme assets when it came to property values.
“The Garden Effect”
Traditionally, homeowners made repairs, improvements and even remodels to raise their home’s property value. But the 2011 Husqvarna Gardening Report points out that there is a “garden effect” happening among homeowners. The Husqvarna group surveyed thousands of homeowners and Realtors from nearly 10 countries and determined that the appearance of the outdoor landscape surrounding a home has a big impact on the property value. According to their 2011 report, well-designed landscaping raised the property value of homes such as single-family dwellings, condos and town homes as much as 18% in the United States. Additionally, for every dollar spent on landscaping, mowing, turf maintenance and other gardening improvements, homeowners received $1.8 return on their investment.
Landscaping is Becoming a Must for Curb Appeal
The “Garden Effect” is changing the game when it comes to property values and landscaping. Instead of it being a luxury or even splurge, landscaping is becoming a must for homeowners who want to see the maximum ROI on their investment and have the maximum property value and curb appeal. Even more, it’s important to have nice, professional landscaping around your home so that it lasts longer and gets the biggest return on your investment.
Homes where owners have chosen to purchase cheap edging materials and planted trees and shrubs in less-than-ideal locations will not see the full $1.8 return on their landscape investment. To get the largest return on landscaping, it must look professional and seamless. Concrete curbing, professionally installed garden areas and fountains and outdoor living spaces must all be installed with precision so that it lasts through the seasonal weather changes and wear.
It’s exciting to think that adorning your yard with landscaping has become not only fun and relaxing, but an asset to your home’s property value.
Stay tuned for our next post on practical ideas for applying the “Garden Effect” to your property.
Our last post talked about the “Garden Effect” and how landscaping can not only increase your home’s curb appeal, but your property values, too. Homeowners who landscaped their yards and took care of their grass experienced up to a $1.8 return on their investments. Don’t miss out on these type of returns. In the current economic climate landscaping your home is more important than ever.
Landscaping Isn’t Optional Anymore
Long gone are the days where landscaping was a hobby, and optional around the house. With the Garden Effect in full swing, realtors and homeowners alike agree that a lawn must be cared for in order for the maximum property value to apply. For those who are trying to increase curb appeal and property values, consider adding professional landscaping to the “to do” list of household tasks to take care of this summer.
Ideas for Increasing your Property Value through Outdoor Landscaping
If you’re looking for a place to start landscaping, here is some advice as professional landscapers:
1. Pick one area and start small.
When you have it in your head that you want to landscape the yard, the task can be overwhelming and daunting, especially if you haven’t done anything and the yard is a “blank slate.” Pick one area, and start there. Improve the area around you porch and front walkway, or choose to get rid of the weeds in the back and install a nice bed for perennial flowers. Whatever you do, take it one step at a time. Contact us if you need help with landscape design ideas!
2. Consider Concrete Curbing
Concrete curbing is the latest landscaping material, and the best product on the market for landscape edging. Concrete curbing not only looks nice, but it lasts for years, especially if it’s resealed. Concrete curbing offers attractive lines and borders around your home, as well as several benefits for your plants such as weed control and soil aeration. Concrete curbing can be designed, shaped and colored to match your home, providing a perfect way to instantly increase the attractiveness of your landscape design.
3. Don’t Neglect your Lawn
Lawn maintenance and mowing is part of landscape and landscape design. Don’t neglect your yard when you’re in the process of improving your curb appeal. Make sure that it is mowed often, and mowed in different directions each time. Also make sure you are aerating and seeding your lawn and applying seasonal treatments so that weeds and grubs steer clear.
4. Consider an Outdoor Living Area
If you’ve ever watched HGTV’s House Hunters, you’ll notice how prospective buyer’s jaw’s drop when they walk onto a gorgeous deck and outdoor patio. Outdoor living spaces are not only great to have for a relaxing evening or backyard party – but they’re also a great way to increase property value and appeal toward your home. Outdoor living areas don’t have to cost a fortune, and there are also options for patio kits that you assemble by yourself.
These are just four easy ways to start increasing your property value through landscaping. Did we miss any? Let us know if you’re had experience with other landscaping ideas that proved a great ROI!
Landscape curbing is a great investment for your outdoor property values. It not only looks great, but it also has several benefits for your grass and flower bed areas. Having your curbing professionally landscaped only improves the level of return on your investment.
Taking Care of your Curbing
If you’ve had custom curbing installed, make sure to follow proper curb maintenance so that your landscape curbing is kept in perfect condition. Caring for your landscape curbing can be done by a few homeowners’ steps, as well as a few steps by the professional landscape installation technitians.
Keep your Landscape Curbing Looking Nice
While you’re at home, care for your curbing by rinsing off any dirt and grime that’s built up on the curbing. With our Kansas City seasons, often times leaves, dirt, rock salt and other debris can build up along our landcape curbing. Take a garden hose and rinse off the curbing to keep it looking nice. Other than rising off your curbing, the curbing material is maintenance-free! The only other step to care for your landscape curbing involves resealing.
Resealing your Curbing
Resealing your landscape edging should be done every two years. This will prevent weather deterioration, and help your curbing keep looking like new. Resealing your curbing is recommended by the curbing manufacturer, and should be done professionally. While there are resealing products that homeowners have access to purchase off the shelf, it’s cheaper an more effective to hire a professional landscaper to reseal your curbs.
Decorative landscape curbing is the beautiful and functional border that separates the grassy section of a lawn from the part that contains mulch, trees, flowers or shrubs.