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Jun 1, 2017 | Gardens, Lawns

Landscaping your home is generally done better and less expensive in the long run when a reputable contractor like Johnson’s Landscaping Service is involved.  

This is mainly due to the fact that their lifetimes of experience ensure that mistakes are far less likely to be made, and if any are…..you will not incur the charges.  

Johnson’s does listen to every client to ensure exactly what they invision in their ideal landscape, and they tell each client the benefits and disadvantages to their ideas, if both exist.

In this first blog some general landscaping mistakes which many homeowners commit when trying to tackle this intricate job are displayed.  Next, the added value your property can rise with the correct landscaping is written about.  Finally, adding life to your property through landscaping and how it can increase happiness and generally make you feel better is discussed.


Don’t Wreck Your Curb Appeal: Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

Landscaping is one of the best investments a homeowner can make to increase the value of their home. Money Magazine reported that a properly implemented and maintained landscape design could bring the recovery value of a home up by 100 to 200% at selling time. But not all gardens are perfect. A poorly designed landscape can end up costing a homeowner hundreds of extra dollars, or leave them with an ugly yard. Here are some landscaping mistakes that you should avoid when planning out your new yard.


Not Enough Planning

If you’re thinking about landscaping, you’re going to need a complete plan before implementing your landscape design. The first step in landscaping is to take inventory of your yard, making an analysis of soil, climate conditions, and any existing vegetation. Make sure the plants you choose are able to grow in your garden environment, or risk ending up with a yard full of dead plant life.


Neglectful Nurture

One of the biggest landscaping mistakes a homeowner can make is not watering enough, which causes your plants to wilt and die. Expert landscape architects suggest that a homeowner install a simple drip-irrigation system, which can be attached to a hose
and set on a timer.


No Predator Protection

Nobody will love your beautiful garden more than pests. Insects, rodents, and other hungry intruders will target your yard, leaving you with a barren yard. If you’re worried about pests, install deer fencing or chicken wire to protect your plants. You can also plant some pest repellents, such as anise, mint, bleeding heart, or fountain grass, which will keep away larger critters like deer or rabbits.


Forgetting Seasonal Changes

Not all plants last throughout the year. When planning your home landscape, keep in mind that the flowers you pick may not be in bloom all year round. If you choose plants that only bloom during one season, you’ll leave your yard looking underwhelming during the rest of the months. Try to opt for plants that last through all seasons, such as bushes or ferns.


How Landscaping Can Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

If you’re looking to beautify your home’s exterior, landscaping is a great way to create an eye-catching, beautiful yard. But many homeowners may not understand the benefits that come with a professional landscape design. Besides creating an aesthetically
pleasing front yard, many contemporary garden designs have practical applications that can make your life a little easier.


It Can Lower Your Bills

Landscaping that is properly selected, placed, and maintained can actually save you money on your monthly heating or cooling costs. During the warmer months, plants and bushes can block the sun from entering your home, keeping your house’s internal temperature
cooler, so you don’t have to keep raising the AC. These plants also help during the winter, as they can prevent cool wind from entering your home.


It Increases Your Privacy

Your home should be a place to relax, separate from the rest of the world. But this isn’t always the case, especially if you have multiple neighbors or live on a busy street. Certain landscape designs can help give your home the privacy you need. For example, planting a tree in your yard can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50%, as stated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Landscaping can also be a good way to create separation between yards, rather than having to put up large, expensive fencing.


It Improves The Value of Your Home

Whether you’re looking to sell your home, refinance, or just raise its value, landscaping is a great investment. A report by Money Magazine stated that landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200%. Gardens that are attractive and well kept will
boost the sale price of a home, as first impressions are often the most lasting for potential home buyers.


Are You Feeling Blue? Do Something About That Drab Lawn And Landscaping

Believe it or not, studies show that a beautiful yard can make you happy. According to an article in Miller-McCune, “Having plants, going for a walk in the park, or even looking at a landscape poster could produce psychological benefits, reduce stress, and improve concentration.” And that means that professional landscaping, lush gardens, and elegant patios may be an investment in your health, not “just a luxury.”


Here is a look at some of the ways a beautiful lawn can make you happy:


A Stunning Landscape Can Help You Stay Mentally Fit

A report from the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture backs up the notion that a spring landscape, botanical gardens, and flowers can significantly lower stress levels — but that’s not all. “Being outside in a natural environment can improve memory performance and attention span by 20%,” the report continues. Psychology Today adds that the presence of nature and plants can also improve attentiveness and productivity at work, raise job satisfaction, and lower blood pressure. (In other words, it’s not a terrible idea to keep up your yard at home — and bring some flowers or a plant or two in for your desk.)


Let’s Talk About Trees

Trees can be an attractive and pleasing part of landscape design — all while making you feel better, too. The benefits of trees are a little more concrete. According to the American Public Power Association, trees and landscaping can cast a shade on your home and ultimately reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50% (and who isn’t happy paying less for bills?). Similarly, trees can block up to 50% of unwanted noise, creating a more peaceful and relaxing environment for you and your home. The verdict is in; lush, green lawns, elaborate landscaping, and elegant patios keep you happy! (Not to mention, landscaping can increase a home’s resale value by 100 to 200%.) Go ahead and splurge a little. Live amongst nature, and enjoy the benefits.

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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