Lush Plants, Gardens and Trees Tips to Add to a Home’s Value
Living flowers, plants, trees, and shrubbery can make a home stand out in a neighborhood. A potential buyer is able to imagine themselves living in a home with a manicured lawn, mature trees, and robust shrubs rather than the home whose lawn is patchy, unkempt or downtrodden. As a home seller looking to sell at the highest price, details matter; and so does planning for Spring’s planting.
Gardening in Colorado’s spring months has challenges unique to the state’s high elevation, low humidity, intense sunlight, dry winds, and the heavy clay natural soil. Understanding each of these aspects is critical to raising a healthy garden, plants, and lawn without worrying about replacing sickly and dying plants, which can be costly – especially for a home seller who doesn’t want to invest more than they absolutely need to.
Most homeowners with outdoor soil space think gardening is as simple as digging a hole, planting, and watering. The soil in Colorado’s Front Range is typically heavy clay with poor aeration, which is a challenge for roots and how they grow. Additionally, soil in CO without additives typically has a pH level of up to 8.5, which is a bit too alkaline for popular flowers like azaleas. The ideal pH level for most plants is 7.0, where anything below is considered acidic and above is alkaline. Before a home seller decides on a plant or digs a hole, they should determine what a new plant’s ideal pH level is and try to balance with store-bought soil or additives.
As every Colorado resident knows, April and May can bring surprise snowstorms, which can damage plants who can’t survive the weight of snowfall, especially if they’re just establishing themselves. When choosing which plants to purchase, the safer bets tend to be thicker, denser trees and shrubs that can withstand heavy snows that risk damaging branches.
Untimely freezes present a problem for some Coloradoans, particularly those in mountain communities. Frost can occur in summer months which severely shortens the growing season for certain outdoor plants. Mountain gardeners must take special precautions if they are to successfully keep plants alive throughout the spring, summer, and fall months by building outdoor greenhouses and keeping a close eye on weather forecasts.
Colorado’s light intensity can produce some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. Annual plants, which might be better grown in pots, include Disacia, Angelonia, New Guinea Impatiens, and Petunias. Perennials, which can be planted into the ground with treated soils include Dianthus, Rocky Mountain Penstemon, Oxeye Daisy, Purple Coneflowers, Liatris, Poppy Mallow, and more. There is a wide variety of native perennials that are grow well in Colorado’s Front Range and can be found at your local garden store, and are great selections for beautifying a staged home and supporting pollinators like bees and butterflies.
If you’re looking for trees to consider for your lawn, consider flowering trees like willows, black locusts, lindens, and honey locusts. Larger non-flowering trees that are drought resistant include the Japanese Tree Lilacs, Russian Hawthorns, American Hornbeams, or Burr Oaks.
As Colorado’s top real estate brokerage, Kentwood Real Estate encourages all Front Range home sellers to consult with our experienced brokers to be sure they’re selling their house at an ideal price. Gardening is one of many tools home sellers should consider when staging their homes for tours.