Landscaping: How to Start.

According to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscape Trends Study, done in February and March of this year, those who own homes and completed an outdoor project in the last year are working on another one or planning to start one in the next three months.

The study shows where homeowners are spending their landscaping dollars. Here are some insights about getting your green spaces up to par this Spring.

Where dollars are spent. 
The study revealed that 73 percent of minor outdoor projects were at the $5,000 or less price point. Projects categorized as “minor” involve smaller-scale work such as mulching, minor planting and painting. In contrast, only 23 percent of projects categorized as complete overhauls, involving work like regrading, terracing and re-landscaping, were in that price range.

The majority of homeowners, at 69 percent, spent landscaping dollars on their backyards. The front yard was the focus in 44 percent (note: some surveyed were doing projects in both locations).

The breakdown of dollars was: beds/borders (47%), shrubs (29%), perennials (28%), trees (18%), lighting (16%) and more.

No more keeping up with the Joneses.
The study revealed that when homeowners tackle their curb appeal for spaces that face the street, they want to be trendsetters, not just setting the bar at matching the neighbors’s landscaping.

Thirty-six percent of owners giving a new look to outdoor spaces reported that before their projects, their front yards were nearly identical to those of their neighbors, however, after the project, only six percent of front yards remained nearly identical to others in the neighborhood. In fact, forty-one percent reported as being very or extremely different from those of the neighbors.

Timeframe of renovations.
The timeframe for the projects varies depending upon the type of project. Those surveyed indicated that minor projects averaged just a little more than three months of planning and three months of making it happen. The biggest projects, also considered major overhauls such as paving, new beds, creating structures and the like, averaged just more than six months to plan and a little more than five-and-a-half months to implement.

So what can be learned from this study? If you’re looking to add curb appeal to your home this Spring, now is the time to get planning. Be sure to check with your neighborhood covenants and restrictions, as well as obtain any permits needed.

Be creative with your space. Re-plant perennials that you’re moving, integrate native plants for privacy in conjunction with structures and give your home more outdoor entertaining space and curb appeal with projects that can be completed before summer hits. Good luck!



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