Start a Garden to Boost Your Home’s ValueAre you looking for a new hobby that will boost your home’s value, is very therapeutic, and could possibly become a lifelong pastime? Look no further than starting your own backyard (or front yard) garden! It’s easier than you think, and it can potentially make your home look amazing. So read on for some more tips to get your garden started.First, you’ll need to find a patch of area to plant in. You can go along the front of the house, in the front yard, or the back, where ever you see fit. But, it’s important to keep in mind that where ever you choose to plant, will need a minimum of 6 hours of sun exposure a day.After you find a place to plant, it’s time to dig and clear out that sod. Most gardeners will suggest that once you remove the grass, you loosen the soil to about a foot deep, providing some wiggle room for your new plant’s roots. Another idea is to also lay down 5 or so sheets of newspaper and spread a 3-inch layer of compost on top of the newspaper. This could help keep weeds in check and give your plantings some nice compost to help them grow. To further improve the soil quality, compost your area with 2 or more inches of various organic compost (decaying leaves, manure, grass clippings, etc.).Once your soil is ready to go, you’ll want to make sure it’s the right structure and consistency. Make sure the soil contains enough moisture that you can form a ball in your first, but it’s also dry enough to fall apart when you drop it. After this, use a spade or spading fork to turn the top inches of soil, making sure you’re mixing in the organic matter.Once your bed is ready, it’s time to pick some plants!For first-time gardeners, perennials have proven to be very user-friendly. Just make sure to pick perennials that are native to your area so you’re sure they’ll thrive. Perennial flowers offer many benefits – they live long, aren’t hard to maintain, and are timeless as far as design. Even when the temperatures are cooler, you can still plant them and if you live in a shady area, there are many varieties of perennials that can thrive in shade.Suggested Perennials:
- Aster x frikartii – Lavender in color. Very tough, plant anytime in spring.
- Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) – These make great makeshift hedges and their flowers are spikes of lavender & blue. Perfect for summer.
- Coneflower (Echinacea) — Colorful, tough, and pink. Some varieties can grow to be 2 feet tall!
- Forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica) – A classic blue flower that works perfect for woodland areas. Great for in-between climates.
- 'Moonshine' yarrow (Achillea) –Pair this with the catnip for an awesome color combo. This is a great beginner plant, super low maintenance. Plant anytime.
- Salvia leucantha— A purple mass that is perfect for late summer & early fall.
- Lavender— Smells amazing, looks awesome, not too hard. You don’t even need that much space. Pretty much a go-to.
- Gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta) – A beautiful yellow flower with a brown center. These babies get big though, so make sure you have room.
- Herbs are also a great idea for a first-time gardener. These plants can add a nice aroma to any garden, are often low maintenance, and you can use them in your kitchen.
- Parsley – Works well in direct sun or shade. Grown in late spring.
- Cilantro – Best in full sun, or hotter regions. Early spring and late summer for planting.
- Chervil – Prefers shade. Plant these guys in early spring. Chervil looks like parsley, and taste like it too.
- Chives – Full sun or part shade. Spring or Summer. Very nice onion flavor.
While this isn’t an end-all guide to flower gardens, it’s a great place to start. Do some research, check out some hybrids, and decide what you want. This is your garden, and depending on your level of experience, you can have it your way. Nothing is more relaxing and rewarding than having a successful garden. Talk about added curb appeal, too. For those who have watched their perennials grow over the years, there’s no need to be sad if your home does sell and you have to leave your garden—you may have just gifted the new owners with an incredible hobby.If you are thinking about new home, it’s best to start with speaking with a qualified mortgage professional. For more information on buying and selling a home, please feel free to contact the Housing Buzz Blog team.