Moss is something usually avoided in landscaping, but apparently its making a comeback!
During the many times I’m scrolling on social media, I have seen a fair share of moss coming across my page. Usually I see it as a base for bonsai trees, or some cute succulent gardens, but recently a picture caught my eye of a moss backyard and it looked amazing!
Since it looks so soft and magical, I decided to do some research and surprisingly, moss could be a game changer when it comes to lawn care!
Moss is easy, aesthetic, and comes in many varieties.
If someone were to moss their entire backyard, it wouldn’t need any more attention. The springy stuff needs no cutting, watering, or fertilizer to grow.
Moss is a hearty organism which can thrive in even the lowest quality of soils. Because its so low maintenance, its actually a great grass substitute! For any age home owners who want to save money on the water bill and have a little extra time on Sundays to watch the game instead of cutting the lawn, this is a great alternative. Depending on where you live and what climate you have, you should choose the moss accordingly. There’s hundreds of types to choose from to create the aesthetic your going for.
Moss, like most organisms have a relationship with its environment and great news for us, moss helps! If you live somewhere cold, you probably deal with snow. To keep everyone safe, roads are salted and unfortunately when that salt drains through the soil it has affects on soil and water. Moss can help counteract this. Because of its absorbent nature, it grabs that water and uses it, since moss isn’t affected this is a great thing to implement in cold climates.
Moss actually helps control the runoff of pesticides, fertilizer, salt and many other pollutants. A new movement is happening in Europe called the Green Roof Movement which has now spread across the globe with Toronto being one of the leading forces. If you can replace or update your roof, balconies, or exterior walls to house plants, it can lower temperature, counteract polluted storm water, and even reduce home energy use when done properly. Its amazing to think what can be done simply by making room for greenery!
If a whole lawn or roof is too daunting, but your interested like me, try a moss garden! I was so excited to get my hands on this stuff and you should be too! Since moss grows over terrain easily, I decided a few rocks and things in the corner of the yard mixed with a small fairy garden would be magical! I wasn’t disappointed. Although mine is just kicking off and should be established in the next few weeks, this type of gardening is already something much simpler I can enjoy!
Ready to say hello to a higher home listing price without spending a fortune on an addition or waiting weeks for a remodel?
If you make a habit of good quality outdoor maintenance, than you’re in luck! Between 5 and 13 additional percent can be added to your home listing price with outdoor improvements. Not only can you get more value, but it’s also is proven to attract more buyers! For a general $300,000 home, these 5 outdoor projects can give you an instant increase in home value around $16,000 to $40,000 depending on your locale!
The yard is a key component often overlooked in the home selling process, the buyer takes the backyard into consideration more than the seller usually realizes. Its extremely important in todays wild housing market to stand out!
2021 has a main focus of expanding safe outdoor living space since the spread of COVID 19
In this article I’ll give you the most cost affective upgrades that can make YOU money, while explaining why those upgrades work, and some tips and tricks to get your yard looking the best because now, your yard is an investment!
Install a Deck
According to HGTV, a new deck is on their list of the most valuable home improvements, and for good cause. Installing a new deck in the backyard has about 106% return rate, and really turns heads! A deck is one of the best outdoor improvements someone can make to elevate their homes appraisal price in 2021.
TIP : Most newer decks these days don’t have to be thousands of dollars, a specific area where gatherings are designated gives the backyard an organized and thought out feel. Think more of a terrace on the ground, than a full blown backyard deck.
So here’s the question, what does a deck have that some good flowers and shrubs don’t?
Well, a nice backyard is a must have space for many family’s. Those who love to entertain, can enjoy lasing hours outside, and a family that is able to relax in comfort outside can change a bidder from a maybe to a definitely with one look at the backyard!
2021 is all about minimalization and a one step deck is clean and more then cost efficient for a quick way to boost a backyards appeal!
Pave the Way
If decks aren’t your thing, maybe a patio is! A clean and simple look of a couple pavers to divide and section off the yard, can make all the difference. I work in landscape, and putting down pavers is more DIY than you think.
My local landscape supply store https://www.besteslawn.com/ helps home owners through the process all the time, since a landscaper might be out of budget.
Pavers come in all shapes and sizes so its up to you how complicated you want the job to be! For simplicity’s sake, large 24×24 paver blocks are usually used, its a plus that it’s easier, minimal, and gives your yard an extra pop!
TIP : Typically you’ll need about 3 things. Some form of paver base like crushed concrete, a sand to fill the gaps and go under your pavers like poly, and the pavers themselves. If you want a cheaper alternative to create entertainment space that boosts your home value, this is for you!
Build a firepit
Right off the bat, when I walk into a backyard for a BBQ or some family function and a fire is going, I automatically feel more cozy!
I’m almost positive that I am not alone in the comfort a nice fireplace can bring, not only does a fireplace add warmth to your home, but an additional boost in marketability takes the home to another level in many home search platforms such as Zillow and Realtor! Like a moth to a flame buyers seek out an additional statement piece that requires no set up from them, and a fire pit or table is a great thing to have!
A small fire pit will suffice, but if your really looking for a statement, than a brick fireplace or fire table is an amazing addition that can recoup a couple thousand from the upgrade.
ps. just be sure to look at your city fire guidelines so your informed on what type of fire pits are allowed where you live!
I call this, Paver round 2!
Not only can you use pavers for a patio and fireplace, but creating walkways elevates your front and backyard! A clean walkway from the driveway to the porch, your patio to a firepit, or detached shed can create a better looking yard immediately and definitely increase the value of your home. The market appeal for this type of improvement is great and catches the eyes of many home buyers increasing your likelihood for multiple bidders.
the construction of layout plays a huge roll to how your yard flows, so make sure you design it to complement your specific yard, and create curves and interesting focal points to draw the eye!
The same tips apply here that they do with the patio, sand and base are needed to keep the walkway from sinking into the groung or becoming damaged. All paver upgrades are interchangeable, but if your considering adding them all then they should complement each other, either in color or texture!
Understandably, you don’t love the fact that your neighbor can look over and check out everything going on in your backyard at any time.
Privacy is important. Taking steps to ensure comfort and peace with privacy fencing or greenery will step up your yard and bring peace of mind to anyone who comes over, as well as the future families your looking to sell to. The return rate on privacy fencing is between 50 to 70 percent.
TIP : A fence in the front yard will hurt your property value, but if installed in the back it will add value. Something to watch out for is the versatility and design of the fence. To make a privacy fence work, it has to complement the landscape that’s already implemented in your yard, as well as match the home! Be sure to allow a flow from front to backyard even when including the privacy fence with or without the gate.