Lovely Landscaping for your Home

By: jeffn
We all want to be sure that our El Centro homes will appreciate in value over the years. Keeping it in good repair and well maintained sends the message that the homeowner cares. Even someone driving by and just seeing the exterior can tell that it is a well-loved property. Adding some attractive landscaping puts the icing on the cake. That may cause you to think of heavy expense, too much work, and water. We are all encouraged to cut down on water usage wherever possible. Fortunately, there are ways around all of these potential negatives.

Desert Gardening

It is amazing how many people hear or see the word desert and think of sand and unattractive spaces. Little do they know that when it comes to scenery, deserts are among the most beautiful and interesting places on earth. The American southwest is a great example of what the trained eye will see if it knows how and where to look. What is more if you acquire some basic information you can make the yard surrounding your El Centro home a showcase; even better you can do it without a lot of hard work and little water.

If you own a home that already has lawns and gardens in place, you need to do a careful evaluation to see what looks good with your house, what requires too much upkeep, and monitor the amount of water it takes to keep growth looking healthy. Keep in mind that if there are areas or specific plants you want to eliminate, you do not have to do a major overhaul in one season. For example, if there is some lawn and you have decided you would rather do without, you do not have to rip out all the sod at one time if you would rather not. Slow transitions are fine.

Planning

Your project will go better if you have a plan in place. If you are an accomplished gardener you may be able to visualize exactly what you want your yard to look like. Since many people do not have that gift, you will probably need to sketch out the changes you want to make. You will find thousands of great ideas online and in books and magazines. Additionally, you are sure to have friends and relatives that can help you brainstorm, as well as yards that you have seen and admired. Once you decide what you want you can separate it into stages and start doing them one project at a time.

Even if you do not have any short-term plans to sell your El Centro home, it is best to keep it looking great. You just never know when you may get the moving bug. Lenders love nothing better than a well cared for house inside and out.
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